If you feel you are in imminent danger, call Japan's emergency number: 119
Japan Helpline:05-7000-0911. www.jhelp.com. A 24 hour non-profit, nationwide emergency assistance service.
English Speaking Psychiatrists in Kansai Area:
Dr. Junko Takaishi. Tel 06 63460777. Osaka ekimae dai 2 building, 2-2-200 Umeda 1, kita-ku, Osaka.
Dr. Nakajima. Tel 075 462 3700. Office in Kyoto.
Dr. Takahashi at Terauchi clinic in Ashiya.
English Speaking Psychiatrist in Tokyo:
- Dr. Andrew Kissane. http://www.tokyomentalhealth.com
Dr. Kissane, English Psychiatrist and doctor, holds a Tokyo psychiatry clinic hosted by American Clinic Tokyo, situated between Tameike Sanno subway station and the American Embassy in Akasaka. The American Clinic Tokyo is focused on providing medical care in English to foreigners in Tokyo. All staff have native-level English.
Bibliotherapy (Recommended Readings):
- Focusing. By Eugene Gendlin. A truly helpful self-help book. The book shows how to tune in to and listen to the body so that shifts in the way we hold and process information can happen.
- Inner Work: Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth. By Robert A. Johnson. Johnson's books (including He, She, and We) are very accessible and go straight to the heart of things. He worked with Jung himself, learned primarily through life experience rather than books, and provides practical expertise.
- Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Carl Jung's autobiography. Fascinating and mind-opening. One of my favorite books.
- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. A straight forward and very helpful aid for any couple by the godfather of modern couples therapy, John Gottman. I use his principles extensively in my practice.
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. By Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk who is a leading researcher and clinician on trauma, explores various ways of understanding and treating trauma, including EMDR.
- Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior. By Jefferey M. Schwartz. There are good books out there on OCD, including The Woman Who Thought Too Much, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for Dummies, but this one is straight forward, presents good case examples, and some of the core components, such as "labeling," and be applied to other issues such as anxiety.
Videos for Information and Inspiration:
Understanding what addiction is:
Preparing for EMDR:
On life and death:
An interview with a founder of modern psychology, Carl Jung: