About Akiyo Kodera
Certified EFT Practitioner & Identity Coach
My journey as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) began when my family moved from Japan to the U.S. when I was three. We moved back to Japan when I was nine. Just when I thought that would be my forever home, I moved back to the U.S. with my parents when I was 14.
As an adult, I experienced recurring identity crises that showed up when I experienced unfulfillment with jobs, social discomfort and anxiousness, and tensions with family. I was continually uncomfortable with who I was.
The turning point to these lifelong challenges was when I decided to make a commitment to changing my situation and seek out the resources and tools to make a positive and productive change.
My mission is now to help other TCKs find what I found: home, by understanding and valuing your true self and creating a life that's aligned with it — to live in clarity.
What is a Third Culture Kid?
A Third Culture Kid is broadly defined as someone who grew up in a culture that's different from the one in which their parents grew up. The term was coined by American sociologist and anthropologist Ruth Hill Useem in the 1950s to describe children who spent part of their developmental years in a foreign culture due to their parents working abroad. The "third culture" refers to how the child develops an identity that is neither of the culture of their parents or where they live; it has also been described as a mix of the two cultures. The term generally refers to both children and adults.
While Third Culture Kids initially and typically referred to children who moved into another culture with their parents due to highly mobile careers such as those in the military, diplomatic services, missionary services, international business, and other expatriate work, there is often debate about whether the term includes other individuals with a multicultural upbringing. In my work, I help all individuals who meet the broad definition of TCKs, including children of immigrants.
What if I'm not a TCK?
While I specialize in working with TCKs with identity issues, as an EFT Practitioner, I've helped people of all backgrounds with various life challenges. I work well with individuals who have grown up feeling different from others in their environment, whether they're their peers or their family, or are experiencing new challenges with a sense of belonging as an adult.
Please feel free to reach out so we can chat more about your particular situation and whether I'm the right person to help.