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Maaya Ota

Hello, I’m so glad YOU’re here!

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Hypnotherapist who truly enjoy and passionate about helping people to heal and live their lives to their full potential. I have a masters degree in clinical psychology and working in the mental health field for over a decade helping clients achieve successful results. I see challenges in life as opportunities for growth, and invitation to better ourselves through alignment to our authentic self. I’ve seen my clients achieve that growth and healing through sharing their deep inner fear and struggles, traumatic life experiences in a safe therapeutic environment in my practice.

I am originally from Tokyo, Japan. I moved to US in 1999 and came to therapy myself during my early 20’s to resolve depression and anxiety, childhood trauma and relational trauma. Through my own journey of recovery and healing, I’ve learned so much about myself and learned many skills. Now, I feel that I truly found my purpose and so excited to do my part in this life on this beautiful planet.

I believe everyone has their own answers deep within, so I emphasize strength-based approach in my sessions. I place a great deal of importance on facilitating open and non-judgmental environment, provide unconditional positive regard, compassion and empowerment to my clients. I encourage each client’s strengths, insights, and inner wisdom. My approach is primarily integrative and eclectic in nature and strongly influenced by each clients’ particular needs. I integrate ideas, skills and techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, solution-focused, attachment theory, family systems and humanistic/existential approaches depending on each client’s needs. (See more in therapeutic modalities section)

In therapy, you will increase awareness about yourself and know how to accept and love yourself fully. You will gain increased confidence and start to believe in yourself so that you can enjoy living happy and fulfilling life with purpose. You will learn how to manage your own difficult feelings and thoughts better by utilizing numerous positive coping skills, so that you can find inner peace no matter the situation. I will help you to let go of self-defeating patterns and limiting beliefs, leading you to manifest your wildest dreams into reality. I’m excited to meeting you and collaboratively working with you to help you become the best-authentic-radiant version of YOU in your life journey! Aside from being a psychotherapist, I love music and sing and write songs professionally. In my free time, I love going camping with my family and spending time in nature, love dancing and snowboarding!


Bilingual in English and Japanese



Board Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Board Certified Hypnotherapist

American Board of Hypnotherapy

Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Certified in Mindful Parenting

Certified in Motivational Interviewing

Training in Parenting Skills

Training in Dual Diagnosis

Training in Crisis Intervention

Training in Evolving Couple Therapy

Training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Training in Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Member of American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)