Fear and the Truth

Can you relate when I say that my job takes up a SIGNIFICANT amount of my head space and it’s not all positive? Do you know what it is like to feel overwhelmed, self-doubting, like you’ve fooled everyone and you don’t belong in or deserve the position you hold,  like you don’t “really care” about the work but you still are terrified of failing, or simply that you can’t connect  to those you are working with? For many of us, even if we enjoy and are satisfied by our jobs, we experience these things some of the time. This is happening to me. It has taken me almost a year to truly recognize and accept it, but it’s real.  Just a few weeks ago, I said, enough! I’m making a change. I knew that I wanted to stop pouring my time and energy into work that didn’t have soul. I knew I wanted to find something different to do with my life. So I gave myself permission to answer the question: What would I do if I knew that I would be successful at it? It took some time, I had to go back over journal entries that I’d made over the last few years, I had to make lists, I read many, many articles, I read books, and I realized these three key things: I want to help people interact with each other and themselves, I want my work to focus on relationships and awareness, and I want to have more flexibility over my own schedule. This website is me sharing the journey of my transformation. I’m embarking on a journey to become a Gestalt Psychotherapist, go into business for myself, find, connect with, and help build a community of like-minded individuals who believe that open hearts are stronger,  there is great power in being connected, it’s part of our life’s work to be curious about ourselves and each other, that our emotions are a key part of our intelligence and that loving kindness takes many different forms and it matters.

Using emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and deep listening practices Akiko offers caring and practical support to free yourself from the toxic, punishing thoughts and emotions that are keeping you stuck, so you can have better relationships with yourself, other people, and to the work you do.


  • Elizabeth Takagi

    The visual is beautiful. I find your Fear and Truth statement of purpose powerful and enlightening. It’s great that you’ve been able to articulate what you feel has meaning for you in such a clear way. I imagine it is empowering to be able to express your inner concerns and longings for substance and connection. I look forward to sharing in your project of personal transformation.

    • atakagi

      Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to hear that you have connected with what I’m saying (with me). I’m glad you will be sharing this with me.

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