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How I Got Here: Joanna Sato

Joanna SatoI look through the windows of my Japanese home at the cityscape of Tokyo and I see how my life has been a series of navigating varied landscapes. The landscape I inhabit now is very different from the one of my hometown in the south of Poland, where my journey began.

I first left home to go to the neighboring city of Krakow, the former capital of Poland and an ancient academic center. I studied psychology there, at the Jagiellonian University and received initial training in psychotherapy.

It was on one of the streets of Krakow’s magical old town that a Japanese tourist asked me for directions. He was traveling around Europe, following his passion for classical music and opera. It quickly turned out that this was one of many passions we shared; so, several years later, when he asked me to marry him, I said yes.

Thus, a new path on my journey opened and the landscape of Krakow was replaced by the view of Kobe harbor. In this beautiful city, we had our first home and I settled myself professionally – first at Kobe’s International Counselling Centre and later in a private psychotherapy practice in Osaka. When we moved to Tokyo several years ago, I continued my practice as TOPP Tokyo Osaka Psychotherapy Practice and added coaching to my services.

But, my journey has not only been about geographical relocations.

Professional experience and growth are also significant to how I got here. Respect for my clients – for their courage to face challenges and ability to grow – is so important to me. Moreover, my work has offered me wonderful professional opportunities – such as training at the Jung Institute in Zurich and the trainer certification in Points Of You® coaching game.

In my personal landscape, I am negotiating my identity across cultures: as a foreign woman in Japan, a member of a Japanese family, a professional and someone who moved to another country, but never really left her homeland. This realm is both challenging and enriching.

And then there is another very important part of my journey: connecting with others. For several years, I was a FEW member in Kansai, during which I was inspired by many outstanding women. Now, I have joined FEW in Tokyo and I am looking forward to hearing the stories of other women’s journeys.

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