Thank you for visiting this page, as I am grateful that you would like to know a little more about me.
My name, Mio, is Japanese in origin. It is pronounced Mee-oh (like the song ‘O Sole Mio’).
I thought I would mention it here, because I am often asked about the pronunciation of my name.
But also because I find it particularly relevant now that my work is in psychotherapy.
The story goes that I was named after a chapter in the 11th century Japanese folk story, the Tale of Genji, which tells of a pilgrimage and river lanterns that help to guide the way for travellers in the dark.
I think it’s a very fitting metaphor for the work I do as a therapist!
I consider what I do as helping to navigate, not because I have all the answers, but because I am a fellow traveller who has had the experience and training of having travelled a few paces ahead.
Years ago, there was a time when I embarked on my own therapeutic journey.
The psychotherapeutic process gave me the opportunity to explore all the thoughts and feelings that I kept to myself for so long, because I believed those carefully protected parts of myself would never be understood and accepted by anyone else.
The better acceptance I cultivated for myself, the more my relationships in all areas of my life improved.
My personal therapy and journey of self awareness changed my life drastically.
And while this has been my experience, I believe it is crucial to add, every person engaging in this process will have individual results.
It is because of my own meaningful experience in therapy, I was inspired to pursue psychotherapy as a profession in my second career since 2009.
Maclean’s magazine has interviewed me for my perspective on the value of self-care and maintaining meaningful and healthy relationships, even (or especially) for high powered individuals.
As a psychotherapist trained in psychodynamic relational psychotherapy, I follow the code and conducts of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy.
As part of my continuing studies for professional and personal growth, I have training in Introductory Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy™, Introductory Relational Life Therapy Approach to Couples Therapy, Relational Mindfulness, and Imago Relationship Theory. In addition, I am a Certified Trainer for the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback system. I am a lifelong learner and seeker dedicated to ongoing studies and growth.
After over 15 years working in the marketing and advertising field, I made a career transition to working in psychotherapy with adults in individual therapy.
I have also worked as a counsellor for students at the Sutherland-Chan Massage School.
I am attentive, empathic, compassionate and committed to the therapeutic process. I have an active interest in exploring connective experiences and self-expression through mindfulness, imagery, creativity, words and ideas.
To my work as a therapist, I bring the knowledge and understanding of working in corporate environments and living in a bustling urban city where isolation, frustration and loneliness can arise from a lack of authentic connections.
Also as an immigrant and visible minority in Canada, I work with the effect and meaning of diversity in our North American culture and how it affects experiences and the relationships we have with others and ourselves.
I welcome an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have.
I can be reached by using the contact form, telephone at 647-931-5520 and by email at mio[at]mioyokoi.com. Email is the fastest way to reach me, but whether by phone or by email, I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
My office is located in the Entertainment District of downtown Toronto, easily accessible by public transit with street and public parking options, as well.