About me

My name is Junko Araki, and I am a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland, licensed professional counselor in District of Columbia and Virginia, and board certified dance/movement therapist.

I am a Japanese/English bilingual practitioner with a background in dance, somatic psychology, and sport and performance psychology

I became a counselor because I believe in the therapeutic power of creative expression and imagination.

As an adolescent, dance was a way for me to process and express difficult emotions and thoughts. As a counselor, I help my clients incorporate authentic experience and creative exploration into their day-to-day lives as a path toward healing, growth, and wellbeing. 

With my belief that our physiology and psychology are inseparable, I use mindfulness-based, body-oriented interventions and creative experiential activities as therapeutic tools, along with verbal interventions. 

My aim is to support my clients in trusting in themselves and making choices for the integration, understanding, and change they seek. 

I am looking forward to working with you!


University of Western States | Portland, Oregon

Doctoral student in Sport & Performance Psychology

Naropa University | Boulder, CO

Master's of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy

Ochanomizu University | Tokyo, Japan

Bachelor's of Arts in Performing Arts, Concentration in Dance and Dance Education

License and Certification

Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (# LC7091)

Washington DC Licensed Professional Counselor (# PRC14790)

Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor (# 0701009137)

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (# BC-DMT-1180)

Proud Member of TherapyDen