Thank you for visiting my website. I am Ai Ikunaga, PsyD, a licensed psychologist in PA with an independent practice in Center City, Philadelphia. I am a bilingual therapist and can conduct therapy in both English and Japanese.
In addition to generalist training in the treatment of various mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, or adjustment to life changes, my interest and areas of expertise include the treatment of:
In my practice, I use both skill-based approaches as well as a relational approach that attends to connections we make in our lives and their impact on our present lives. I value the importance of understanding a person as a whole in a cultural context and treating a person with respect. I also value the importance of mindfulness, in my personal life and in clinical practice. Cultivating mindfulness can help us live our lives more fully, by attending to the present moment without judgment and with openness and kindness. Mindfulness skills can help us redirect our attention when we find ourselves ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, and they can lead to new perspectives and more options for how we respond to life situations. I have been trained and continue to cultivate my skills in the following:
I obtained a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. Prior to becoming a psychologist, I obtained my Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from Drexel University and practiced as a Licensed Music Therapist. My unique clinical background has helped me understand the importance of non-verbal communication and focus on strengths as well as creativity.
During my clinical experience, I was fortunate to have worked with individuals of diverse backgrounds who are struggling with various mental health concerns at different levels of care, including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. I am grateful to have received specialized training in the treatment of Eating Disorders at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia as well as at Monte Nido, in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder at Belmont Psychological Associates, and in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing through the EMDR Institute. In addition, I completed the Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Professionals at Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and I continue to cultivate my own practice in mindfulness. I intend to bring in attitudes of non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, and acceptance in working with people. I also value using humor and enjoy laughing with clients. For fun, I love gardening, dancing, spending time with my family and playing with my dog.
Some of my training and work experiences include the following: