Hanako Baker, PsyD


Licensed Psychologist / Pronouns: She/Her

Hello! I’m Hanako Baker, a licensed psychologist. I have a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Radford University. I was born in Japan and am fluent in English and Japanese. I currently provide teletherapy for clients in Virginia.

I accept clients aged 18-75 with various presenting issues. I particularly enjoy working with relationship issues and seeing couples because social connection and relationship satisfaction are crucial to quality of life. In a couples therapy session, I hold a safe space for both partners to break their maladaptive dynamic and facilitate emotional closeness.

My style is experiential and process-oriented; I interweave Ego State Therapy, Family System Therapy, Strategic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Processing Model, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and a Person-Centered approach. I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), which is a trauma-focused approach that incorporates bilateral stimulation.

You might need help understanding why you struggle with relationships. You might have life transitions such as a loss, childbirth, marriage, divorce, or empty-nest syndrome that is unbalancing you and your family system. You might have deep wounded parts in you because of past trauma that needs healing. You might need help to improve yourself by identifying patterns that might not serve you the best. It may be your first-time trying therapy, and you may be an experienced therapy client who needs a boost to cope with a stressful period…I will meet you where you are. I want you to feel safe and know you deserve time and space to reflect and focus on yourself without worrying about others’ reactions. I am honored to be a part of your journey!

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