Kansai - Kyoto, Osaka - -
Adults, Adolescents, Women, Men, Gay/Lesbian, Returnees, Students
English, mid-level Japanese
Cross-Cultural Psychology Service
Kamitakano, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; Matsuzake-cho, Abeno-ku, Osaka
Individual Psychotherapy, Individual Counseling, Family Therapy, Couple Therapy, Phone Counseling, Internet Counseling, Seminars/Workshops, Clinical Supervision
M.A. - Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1993 Ph.D. - East-West Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2003
California (USA) Marriage & Family Therapist license # MFC 35774 (1999) - http://www.bbs.ca.gov
Hawaii (USA) Marriage & Family Therapist license # MFT 75 (Currently Inactive)(www.ehawaiigov.org/serv/pvl)
International Affiliate, American Psychology Association (https://apa.org)
Member, International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (www.iaccp.org)
I have worked with people in psychotherapy in three countries – in California, USA, 1992-1999, in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan 1999-2015 and 2018-present, and in Bangkok, Thailand, 2015-2018. My training is both in Western modalities (Gestalt, somatic, existential, cognitive behavioral, client-centered, Motivational Interviewing) and in Asian modalities (Zen Buddhism, mindfulness, Tai Chi, Japanese therapies Morita and Naikan). Together with my clients we try to get to the heart of their concern and find ways, both practical and meaning-oriented, for the client to enliven their process of living. Important factors considered include having a safe place for in-depth exploration, cultural influences, ways of resolving conflicts, and what possibilities a person has.
I taught cross-cultural psychology at Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata, Japan, 2004-2015, and I taught counseling psychology at the Graduate School of Psychology, Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2015-2018. My research focus has been on cross-cultural psychology, particularly Japanese-Western marriages, and the integration of Western psychotherapy with the Asian traditions of Buddhism, Daoism, Morita, and Naikan.
IMHPJ member since 1999 – President 2003-2006; Board of Directors member 2000-2003, 2010-2012, 2013-2015.
Permanent resident of Japan; Moved to Japan in 1999.