- Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Mika Awanohara joined Columbia Health in 2012. Prior to Columbia, she completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Psy.D from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
While at Riggs, Mika trained to work with patients suffering from significant problems in living within a therapeutic milieu. She believes that symptoms, however puzzling they may be, have meaning. Together with her patients, she works to decode what the symptoms might be trying to communicate.
Her professional interests include working with treatment-refractory conditions (i.e., problems that persist despite prior treatments), trauma, eating disorders/body-image issues, self-defeating/destructive thoughts and behaviors, and longstanding relational difficulties (i.e., fear of intimacy, difficulty sustaining long-term relationships). She is also interested in multicultural issues, particularly the experiences of expatriates and the multiple challenges our increasingly global and mobile world poses to our sense of self and belongingness.
Mika is affiliated with the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, and she is currently the Chairperson of the Training, Education, and Application Committee at the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS). She is active in group relations work that focuses on studying leadership and authority.
- M.A. and Psy.D., University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology
- B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University
Certifications and Licensure:
- Licensed to practice psychology in the State of New York
- Licenced to practice psychology in the State of Massachusetts
- A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems
- Chairperson for Training, Education, and Application Committee, Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS)
- American Psychological Association