Camie Oka, CSW
Camie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work with a minor in Art from Utah State University in 2015. In 2016, Camie graduated with a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Camie comes to the Rape Recovery Center with diverse experience as she has worked in academic settings in counseling department and after school programs, and in different behavioral health agencies.
While attending school Camie supervised after school programs for elementary age children in various schools. She worked at a behavioral health residential treatment facility as an aid, assisting adults with day to day stressors through the practice of mindfulness and grounding techniques. During graduate school, Camie interned at a high school counseling center supporting students through credit recovery and facilitating support groups. She also worked at an educational day treatment facility as in intern therapist working with youth ages 12 - 18 years old. Here she facilitated individual, family, and group therapy using narrative and art assisted therapy techniques through a trauma, grief and loss perspective.
After receiving her graduate degree and prior to joining the team at Rape Recovery Center Camie worked as a full time therapist at the Refugee and Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah. She worked with refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking ranging in age from 9 years old to 80 years old. In her practice she supported clients through navigating intersectionality, learning a new language and culture, while holding trauma in an unfamiliar country and environment. Here she also supported individuals through substance use treatment. She continues to do contracted work there.
Camie practices from a client-centered approach. Her work has been informed by her education, experience as a mixed race woman, and through her training in trauma focused modalities. She believes individuals have inherent healing capacity within themselves and strives to assist them in accessing this should they choose to do so. Camie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and is also trained to work with survivors and offenders of domestic violence.
In her spare time Camie enjoys spending time with her family, being in the mountains, art, and yoga.