Joy Tanji, Ph.D., was born and raised in upcountry Maui and moved to Windward Oʻahu in high school. She received a BFA (Studio-Fine Art) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Family and Couples Therapy). Dr. Tanji is currently cross-training in Asian medicine at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has training and work experience with diverse clients, in suicide crisis management, rehabilitation counseling, grief work, family and couple therapy, incest treatment, stress physiology and pain management (using eastern approaches). She also has training and experience in individual, group, and reflecting team clinical supervision.