The words such as “counseling” or “psychotherapy” may give you the impression that only someone with serious mental health problems needs this kind of service. However in the United States, it is widely and socially accepted to receive therapy in various situations when people need to heal emotionally. It seems that different from Japan, there is culturally less pressure to resolve problems on their own in America. Needless to say it would be nice if your mind becomes at ease or if you can resolve issues by talking with your friends and family. However, because of the closeness, you may not want to make anyone worry about you, or perhaps the issue may become a taboo, and thus repeat its vicious circle for many years. Just as you would go seek an opinion of medical professional when you are sick, receiving a therapy is an opportunity to think through your concerns from an objective view point. There is confidentiality in therapy; therefore, you can protect your privacy. You may be facing a transient issue, and some may be facing a long term issue. Therefore, sometimes therapy can be brief and last only few sessions, and sometime it may take long term commitment to achieve goals. I believe that real progress of therapy comes from the work that my client and I put into building a trusting relationship.
As a therapist, I work with various emotional problems. However, I have several areas of expertise and work with clients facing the following challenges: