I have returned to Kyoto, Japan, after 3 years providing counseling and teaching in Bangkok, Thailand. My Kyoto office has re-opened on September 4, 2018, and my Osaka office will re-open later in the fall of 2018. I am providing psychotherapy to English-speaking students at Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata-shi, Japan. I previously provided professional counseling services for adults, couples, and teenagers in Kyoto and Osaka from 1999-2015.
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 Kyoto and Osaka, Japan, 1999-2015, and in Thailand 2015-2018. 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 a 10-15 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. My OSAKA office location will be announced after I find a suitable location this fall, 2018.
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.
* Fees are on a sliding scale based on monthly income, with fees starting at ￥7000 per 55 minutes. The first session is an introductory meeting that lasts an extra 30 minutes (total 1 hour 25 minutes) with fees starting at ￥10,000.
* Phone and Skype counseling is available for people living at a distance from Kyoto
* I have taught psychology at the Asian Studies Program, Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata-shi, Japan – https://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/ – and at the Graduate School of Psychology, Assumption University, Bangkok – http://www.counseling.au.edu/
* 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 (www.bbs.ca.gov)
Hawaii (USA) Marriage and Family Therapist license # 75 (currently inactive)(www.ehawaiigov.org/serv/pvl)