Mariko Iwabuchi, Ph.D. (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Hello! I provide telehealth therapy for young adults and young professionals in California.

Psychologist in Sherman Oaks, CA

About My Clients

My clients are often hard working individuals who may describe themselves as listeners, caretakers, or "socially awkward." They are likely capable of taking care of themselves and/or others, but doing this for so long can take a toll and they may find that they have difficulties accessing some of their feelings or engaging in effective self-care. If this resonates with you and you’d like to find more balance and feel more connected to yourself, then you’ve come to the right place.

My Background and Approach

I strive to create a warm and safe space in therapy and I do so by being collaborative and genuine in my interactions. By working to provide the necessary support and guidance, I help clients live more authentically through client-centered, compassion-focused, trauma-informed, and social justice-informed approaches. I integrate various theories and interventions in my work with clients, including humanistic/existential therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, and feminist therapy. By meeting clients where they are at and understanding their challenges from not just the individual and relational context but also from the sociocultural context, I hope to better help clients meet their goals in therapy.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Prior to my career as a psychologist, I was involved in the performing arts and conducted research on shyness among performing artists. I feel fortunate to have been able to witness and personally experience the raw beauty of emotional expression and human connection through the arts because I was able to see how I was not alone in my suffering, and I was made aware that there are many reasons and ways people suffer. The performing arts inspired me to pursue a career as a psychologist, be more community-minded, and be a strong advocate for social justice. As a shy Asian American from an immigrant family, I particularly empathize with people who may suffer silently by putting on a façade to navigate social spaces where they don't feel like they are safe or they belong. Thus, I strive to create a safe space in therapy where genuine human connection can occur because I believe these moments can promote healing and help clients be and accept their authentic selves.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Optum
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 8 years of practice
  • Rate: $180 - 230/session

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