Sara is a gender-based violence advocate, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and dance-movement therapist originally from Japan. She has worked as a counselor and programs supervisor at a Chicago local domestic violence agency and the university setting. She has extensive experience and a special interest in working with the immigrant community. She utilizes a body-based, holistic, and multicultural approach to healing. She invites culture and identities into the healing space as they are often the source of resiliency.
Throughout her journey to becoming an advocate, Sara witnessed and experienced secondary trauma and burnout. She believes that compassionate, radical, and constructive support are essentials for all advocates to continue to serve, as many of them are survivors themselves.