Dr. Akiho Tanaka received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2011 and she is currently a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. She has experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, including university counseling centers, women's center at VA hospital, community mental health, and multidisciplinary nursing home facilities. She is particularly passionate about group psychotherapy and she received the Susanne Jensen Scholarship to attend the 2013 annual meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She also served as Groups Coordinator at Georgia Southern University.
From a young age, she has been committed to pursing a career in Clinical Psychology. Her choice to enter this field has been driven by her compassion for human suffering. She finds nothing more worthwhile and satisfying than empowering others, helping relieve other's pain, and facilitating their healing process.
Dr. Tanaka's upbringing and heritage is Japanese. She moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of 5. Subsequently, she attended Japanese school every Saturday in addition to her regular education and she returned to Japan frequently to visit family and friends. As a result of her familiarity with both Japanese and American cultures, she has developed a flexibility to take an open-minded perspective. Not only does she have a unique perspective based on a multicultural background, she has a strong appreciation for the value of human relationships and embraces diversity. Lastly, Dr. Tanaka takes a non-traditional approach to healing and believes in treating the "whole" person - mind, body, emotion, and spirit. Moreover, unlike traditional approaches which tend to focus on learning to cope with the current society, Dr. Tanaka focuses on helping people identify their true desires and needs, and empowering them to create the kind of life and the kind of world that they actually want to live in.
Dr. Tanaka works with adults for individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. She provides services in English and Japanese. She is the only therapist who is a Certified Completion Process Practitioner (CPCP) in the central Florida area.