I have an undergraduate degree from the departments of Asian Studies and Psychology at the University of Haifa. As part of my specialization in Japanese language and culture, I spent a part of my degree studying at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. I returned to the University of Haifa and completed a postgraduate degree in Developmental Psychology, a discipline which emphasizes the wider contexts of human development, both social and cultural. I have been a practicing psychologist for several years, working mainly with children and their families and placing a particular emphasis on bodily awareness in my therapeutic work. I am interested in the intricate interface between Western psychology and longstanding Asian mental coping strategies. As a doctoral student in the Asian Sphere program, I intend to focus on the field of psychological trauma and conduct a cross-cultural research into the trauma coping strategies adopted by different societies in Asia.