Japan

A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in Japan interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Fukuoka

Jonathan Van Viegen, MAMFT, CCC
Location: In-person: Fukuoka, Japan (8 months/year) and Toronto, Canada (4 months/year) & Online: I work online with clients worldwide through video-chat, phone, email and text/messaging therapy.
Phone: +81 80 4989 8774
Email: jonathanvanviegen@gmail.com
Website: www.jonathanvanviegen.com
Nationality: Canadian
Languages Spoken: English, Japanese
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Clinical Specialties: Let’s transform your life – fast! I help adults, couples and families focus on what life would look like without the problem. Instead of connecting with your problems, we discover what is working in your life and create a plan to help you achieve the future you desire. My approach is known as solution-focused brief therapy and is based on doing one simple thing – identifying what works in your life and doing more of it. The beauty of focusing on solutions over problems is that you’ll start to see change quickly and the entire process is much shorter than traditional problem-focused approaches. If you don’t want to suffer alone; and don’t want your difficulties to feel like a life sentence, then let’s get busy breaking your negative patterns and finding lasting solutions – in the least amount of time possible.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I’ve been an expat myself now for more than 11 years. I’ve lived, taught, worked and been an international speaker on four continents and now my wife and I are raising our two children as expat kids. I currently divide my time between Japan and Canada (for in-person clients), but work with many expat and non-expat clients around the world via phone or online video conferencing. Thankfully, the practice of therapy has moved beyond the brick and mortar office and onto the world-wide-web so I can now help my clients face-to-face or at a distance.

Kyoto

Reggie Pawle, Ph.D.
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Phone: 080-2537-9075
Email: drreggiepawle@gmail.com
Website: www.reggiepawle.net
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English, middle level Japanese
Religious Affiliation: Interdenominal Buddhist & Christian
Clinical Specialties: I have worked on mental health issues in a cross-cultural context with adults, couples, teens, and families. My work integrates Western psychology with Asian practices, which includes psychologically relevant practices from Buddhism, yoga, and Daoism, and Japanese psychotherapies Morita and Naikan. I work with the “whole” of a person – body, mind, spirit, relationships, and cultural context. My work with couples focuses on goals, communication and, when applicable, cross-cultural issues.  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, cultural challenges, trauma, grief, life transitions, and personal growth.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have provided psychotherapy in 3 countries: Kyoto, Japan 1999-2015 and 2018-present; California, USA, 1992-1999; and in Bangkok, Thailand, 2015-2018.  Japan resident 1999-2015 & 2018-present; married to a Japanese woman; taught cross-cultural psychology 2004-2015 at Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata-shi, Japan; Thailand resident 2015-2018; taught psychology at the Graduate School of Psychology at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand; presently student counselor at Kansai Gaidai University, Japan. Frequent stays in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, and China since 1972.

Countrywide

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: Japan (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values