About Dr. Nobuko

Online Trauma and Somatic Therapy in California

Who I am

Hello, I am Nobuko, Licensed Psychologist.

I specialize in trauma and somatic therapy. People are surprised to hear that I love being a trauma therapist.

I love my work because I see the light at the end of the tunnel. The first time we meet is when the client is feeling most challenged and lost. But, I know things will get better from here.


Who I Work With

I work with adults, both men and women from various ages, backgrounds, and identities.

My clients choose me wanting more than just listening ears. They want to learn, heal and grow.

Many of my therapy “graduates” come back from time to time for an extra help during a bumpy time.

How I Work

My trauma and somatic therapy approach integrates the three elements of well-being: our thoughts, feelings, and the body.

In therapy, I value both the time-honored simplicity of being together and the cutting-edge science of how our brain works.

white flowers blooming in garden

“Give it air and let he scar on your soul reveal itself, because, like the body, it too was made to heal itself.

M Curtice Tyrone Jones

Read Nobuko’s Psychology Today Guest Blog: “Taking a Resiliency Pause”

My Journey

I used to ignore the mind-body balance when I was working for a Fortune 100 company in my 20’s. I was successful, but felt something was missing.

I got a doctoral degree and became a psychologist in my 30’s. Yet, something was still missing.

In my 40’s. my home country was hit by a huge earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. As a classically trained psychologist working in a cozy office, I felt useless and restless.

That’s when I learned about trauma therapy: how trauma works on our brain and how to heal it. It is not what I do “to” my clients, it’s about bringing out our inborn ability to heal. My work is like cleaning the wound so it can heal on its own.

Looking back, the people who had deep healing are those who learned to listen to and balanced their mind and body. I used it for myself too. I no longer feel something is missing nor restless.

I’m constantly amazed by and grateful for how wise our body is. I hope you will too.

Credentials and Associations 

Licensed Psychologist, 2006
California, License Number PSY21211

AEDP Level 2 Practitioner

EMDR Level 1 & 2 Trained

Trauma Resiliency Model Level 1 & 2 Trained

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 2 Trained

Certified Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Teacher

Teaching psychotherapists in the U.S. and Japan

Founding Member & CEO
NichiBei Care is a non-profit organization in California. Its mission is to promote the mental health of anyone who has ties to Japan. http://www.nichibeicare.org 


Redwood Psychological Association 
Division 42 of American Psychological Association 

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology2004
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University


Fluent bilingual in English and Japanese.

Speaking Engagements

Merrill Lynch Japan Securities

San Francisco State University, Counseling and Psychological Services Center 

National Association of Social Workers, Petaluma Unit

Marin County Psychological Association

Wright Institute

California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Bay Campus

Dr. Nobuko teaches trauma therapy to psychotherapists. She also gives Community Resiliency Model training in the U.S. and Japan.  

External Links to Therapy Approaches

To learn about the therapy approaches that I use, please click these links: EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Online Trauma and Somatic Therapy in California

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