- 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.
Mika’s 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 belonging. 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.
Mika is active in group relations work and is a former president of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS), as well as an Affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study. of Social Systems.
- 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 states of New York and Massachusetts
- A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems
- Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS)
- American Psychological Association