Kayo Imamura, Marriage and Family Therapist (Pre-Licensed)

Kayo Imamura, M.A., AMFT

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I have been focusing on Grief and Trauma therapy for diverse populations. I also have strong passion and dedicated to support multi cultural family and couples who have struggled with their relationship and transition. I utilize EMDR treatment, Mindfulness activities, and Client Center Approach.
Worked at school IEP program (Individualized Education Program) working with children and their families who have difficulty learning and functioning with depression, ADHD / ADD, and anxiety issues.
Worked as a Bereavement counselor at a hospice providing care for families who lost their loved ones by physical illness, sudden death, and traumatic incidence.
Currently, providing EMDR, Trauma therapy, relational conflicts, and grief therapy at San Diego Grief Counseling Kayo Therapy for diverse populations.

I grew up in Kawaguchi City, Saitama, near Tokyo, Japan. Throughout my childhood, my family hosted international students in their home from all over the world. My father was born at the end of World War II, which influenced his passion and desire for world peace. My upbringing fostered a joy for connecting with people from all cultures and a curiosity about each life. I have a passion for helping people heal from past traumas and finding peace and connection in their lives. I have trained in a number of modalities, including EMDR, to work with many different types of struggles that come from the painful events that happen in life.

I have also supported the American military family and people of international marriage in the U.S. Navy community in Japan. When the 9/11 attacks happened in 2001, I saw many families and soldiers face multiple difficulties. At that time, I remember that I had a strong feeling of sorry for my inability to help them. Living in a foreign country is often more stressful and lonely than you might imagine, and it can bother you both physically and mentally.

I believe that health in the mind and health in the body are connected, and I have a passion for helping people in nutrition as well. I once served as a food education instructor in Japan which is called "Shokuiku." I held workshops on food education and table manners for Japanese community. ​
I now live in San Diego and I am a mother of two children. I have experienced beautiful healing in my own life journey through counseling I look forward to giving you the same.

Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship/Summit
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mindfulness with Children: Natural Parenting
Thought Field Therapy Algorithms Course
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Informed Mindfulness: Theory and Practice

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Trauma & Ptsd

Community Specialties

  • Asian
  • Immigrants
  • Military Families
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Sliding Scale

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Marriage and Family Therapist (Pre-Licensed)
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Professional Psychology/ Alliant International University (San Diego)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy