Hideko Ota


Spiritual teacher and counselor. I help people be alive in their bodies by helping them trust their truths and embody them in the world.

Counselor in Berkeley, CA

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About My Clients

My clients come to me from a variety of backgrounds. Some of them have learned spirituality for many years, and others have never learned spirituality. What is common among them is that they have felt that something is missing from their lives and would like to explore what it is. They have their souls' desire to cultivate their connection to their own unique truths in their hearts. If you have ever experienced this sense of "something missing," I may be able to help.

My Background and Approach

I started my journey of healing myself and others when I was 13 years old. Since then, I had seen a run of therapists but never felt seen by these professionals. After high school, I started reading books on psychology but was always left feeling something was missing. After many books on conventional psychology, I finally learned about spirituality, and the way I looked at the world shifted 180 degrees. This was just the beginning of the 13 years of my journey into spirituality. Since I started seeing therapists, I had always had a sense that there was something wrong with me and I needed to fix it to become and feel like a normal person. I had always tried to be someone other than myself to feel normal inside and look normal from the outside. After 16 years, I finally realized how painful it had been to try to be someone other than who I really was. When I felt my pain buried deep within me, I began to feel alive in my own body in my own life for the first time in such a long time.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that if we want to change our communities, societies, country, and world, the only thing we can start doing right now is to change ourselves. There are so many people who are trying hard to change others' beliefs, but nobody can really change others. We can influence others, but the persons who decide to change them are themselves and not us. This is my basic belief as a person and as a counselor. When we think in this way, we are released from the burden that we need to change others and are able to focus on what we are capable of--start changing ourselves right now. I always encourage my clients to be a warm sun that kindly embraces all that happens in the world, rather than be a cold wind that fights and tries to get rid of unfavorable things by force. Because after all, love always wins. Our acceptance, forgiveness, patience, and hope that naturally ooze from our hearts always surmount our hate, aggression, and hostility that come from our egoistic desires to feel good.

I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: Less than a year
  • Languages: English, 日本語
  • Rate: $10 - 35/session


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3120 Telegraph Avenue
Suite 8
Berkeley, CA 94705

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