Dr. Rika Tanaka, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (#PSY30925)

Dr. Tanaka began her graduate training in clinical psychology at Arizona State University in 2010. She started providing psychological services to a wide variety of patients in 2011, and after a year-long clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, Dr. Tanaka earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University in 2015. 

After earning her degree, Dr. Tanaka completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Behavioral Cardiology Research Unit at Toronto General Hospital (TGH), in Toronto, Canada. After her fellowship, Dr. Tanaka stayed at TGH, where she became Co-Director of Clinical Services at the Cardiovascular Health Psychology Clinic. As Co-Director, she oversaw all in-person and remote psychotherapy services and was also responsible for the development of evidence-based clinical content for a web-based preventive cardiology intervention. While in Toronto, Dr. Tanaka was also a psychological associate at a private practice, which provided clinical and health psychology services to clients from all over the greater Toronto area. 

Having dedicated the majority of the last decade developing and providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and accessible psychological services to patients in both the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Tanaka is excited to continue to share her knowledge and skills with her patients here in San Diego.

Currently, Dr. Tanaka is available to work with all adults (18+) struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, life transitions, health behavior changes, health-related psychological distress, and more.

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Individual Therapy

Dr. Tanaka provides individual therapy and counseling services to young adults (18+), adults, and seniors (65+). She helps clients like you regain a sense of confidence and joy through tailored interventions designed specifically to meet your needs and goals.

Health Psychology

Dr. Tanaka is passionate about ensuring that you are emotionally supported as you manage your physical health. Her specialized background in health psychology makes sure you don’t have to go at it alone, as you manage your illness/physical well-being.


Dr. Tanaka is dedicating to making sure you can get the care you want when and where you need it. Online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy and allows you to access care at your convenience!

Specialities & Issues Treated

Anxiety / Stress



Anger Management

Life transitions

– Health Behavior Change

Health-Related Distress

Caregiver Burnout

Relationship Stress

Insomnia/Sleep Issues

Childhood Trauma

– Social Skills for Adults

“I first met Dr. Rika Tanaka while she was working as a psychologist at Toronto General Hospital, widely considered one of the top 10 hospitals worldwide. After learning of her expertise and professionalism I invited her to join my private practice in downtown Toronto. During her tenure in our practice she excelled in providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive therapy.

Dr. Tanaka is a highly skilled therapist who combines insightful assessment and goal- focused treatment with the warmth and empathy of a truly caring healthcare professional. Dr. Tanaka is a rare talent…San Diego is lucky to have her.”

– Dr. Andrew Matthew, PhD., CPsych.

Meet Dr. Rika Tanaka Ph.D.

“Dr. Rika Tanaka has demonstrated expertise in clinical health psychology, both in her clinical practice and in the applied clinical research she has conducted. She is personable and compassionate—a person who genuinely cares about providing the best evidence-based therapy to her clients. I have complete confidence in the high standard of clinical service that she provides.”


– Dr. Rob Nolan, Ph.D., C.Psych.

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