Professional Psychotherapy, Teaching, & Research in Kyoto & Osaka, Japan

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  • Japanese students in "The Mystery of Cross-Cultural Relationships" course
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Counseling/psychotherapy services in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan, for adults, couples, and teenagers.

Experienced – Professional – USA Licensed – Psychologically knowledgeable – Confidential – Culturally sensitive – Teach psychology and practice psychotherapy –

With each person I work with, I try to provide a safe and comfortable place for the person to explore deeply their concerns. Together we try to get to the heart of the person’s concern(s). We attend to that which is difficult to talk about with people in the person’s life. I try to assist a person to understand their concern(s) and together we develop practical solutions to their concern(s).

I understand the importance of confidentiality, especially in the small expatriate community. I have provided counseling services in 3 countries – in California, USA, 1992-1999, in Japan 1999-2015, in Thailand 2015-2018, and again in Japan 2018-present. My holistic approach is integrative of the whole person – aiming to work with body, mind, spirit, relationships, and cultural issues as is needed according to the person or people. To do this I blend my Western psychology training (Gestalt, somatic, psychoanalytic, couple and family systems, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused) with my Asian training (Buddhist meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, Japanese psychotherapies Morita and Naikan) with the goal of providing each person or people optimal and personally-effective psychotherapy.

Individual issues that I have worked with include depression, anxiety and phobias, anger, impulse control, stress, substance abuse and sexual addiction, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, marriage counseling, cultural challenges, trauma, grief, life transitions, career and work challenges, and personal growth.

My KYOTO office is located in the Kamitakano area of Sakyo-ku, Kyoto (京都左京区上高野). It is about a 10 minute walk from both the Kokusaikaikan (国際会館) station on the Kurasuma subway line and the Takaragaike (宝ヶ池) station on the Eizan train line. I am in my Kyoto office on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and two Saturdays a month.  My OSAKA office is in the Tennoji (天王寺) station area. I am in my Osaka office on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Blog: – Various writings on cross-cultural psychology, the Asian traditions and psychotherapy, and my personal experiences and views.

Student counselor at Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata-shi – I provide counseling services to English-speaking students at Kansai Gaidai University on Tuesdays during the academic terms.

Research on cross-cultural relationship adaptation – I am active in cross-cultural research that is relevant for people in cross-cultural situations. Currently I am working on a project examining what sustains Asian-Western long-term romantic relationships. The focus is on how love is expressed and influenced by Asian values and ideas of committed relationships. If you are a member of an Asian-Western relationship and are willing to be interviewed about love in your relationship, please contact me.

Reggie Pawle,Ph.D.

Dr. Reggie Pawle in Yangon, Myanmar

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* Fees are on a sliding scale based on monthly income, with fees at my Kyoto office starting at ¥7000 per 55 minutes and fees at my Osaka office starting at ¥8000 per 55 minutes (due to higher expenses for me in Osaka). Couples fees at my Kyoto office start at ¥10000 per 55 minutes and couple fees at my Osaka office start at ¥11000 per 55 minutes. The first session is an introductory meeting that lasts an extra 30 minutes (total 1 hour 25 minutes) with fees in Kyoto starting at 10,500 (couples ¥13,500) and fees in Osaka starting at ¥12,000 (couples¥15,000).
* Phone and Skype counseling is available for people living at a distance from Kyoto and Osaka. Fees start at ¥7000 per 55 minutes, with the client responsible for any transfer fees. Fees can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal. Receipt of the fee prior to the appointment time is required.
* I have taught psychology at the Asian Studies Program, Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata-shi, Japan – – and at the Graduate School of Psychology, Assumption University, Bangkok –
* Workshops, Seminars, and Lectures on Cross-Cultural Issues
* Research and writing on Integrating Cross-Cultural Research and Psychotherapy
* Research and writing on the Psychology of Zen Buddhism and Daoism
* Cross-Cultural Counseling Service serves the goals of increasing international understanding and cooperation, improving relationships between people, helping people with the psychological challenges of living in a cross-cultural milieu, integrating the wisdom of Asia with Western psychology, and broadening psychology so that psychotherapy can be of service to more diverse and larger numbers of people around the world.

California (USA) Marriage and Family Therapist license # MFC 35774 (
Hawaii (USA) Marriage and Family Therapist license # 75 (currently inactive)(