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Depression


International Women’s Day: A Note on Gender and Depression

Sunna Trebbin Harvard Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, as 4.4% of the entire global population are struggling with the hardships related to the illness (WHO, 2017). Depression is more common among women. When only looking at the female population, prevalence rates of depression rises up to 5.1%. There is no consensus […]

Tokyo Mental Health welcomes Udeni to our growing team of clinical psychologists

We are happy to welcome Udeni Appuhamilage to our expanding team of clinical psychologists! Udeni obtained her academic and clinical training from the US and Australia. She has worked with universities, humanitarian organizations and state institutions for more than a decade as a clinician, clinical supervisor and a clinical trainer. Her key clinical expertise are […]

CBT and Cognitive Distortions, Part 2

As the first step in working with cognitive distortions is increasing awareness of the biased patterns of thinking, the second goes into “cognitive restructuring”. Here, the therapist will guide the individual to beginning to develop alternatives to the distorted thoughts, and thus, “replace” the harmful thoughts. Such alternatives will be facts or reminders that are […]

CBT and Cognitive Distortions, Part 1

One of the most popular and widely researched forms of therapy available today is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While CBT focuses on both the cognitive and behavioral dimensions of an individual’s functioning, one of the main focuses of this mode of therapy is identifying ways in which one’s thinking patterns are biased or distorted. In […]

New Research Questionnaires

Can you help with our research aimed at validating two new scales to measure mood and anxiety symptoms? The goal is to involve as broad an age range (from 18 upwards) as possible, equal representation of males and females, and people from different cultural and educational backgrounds. The title of the study is: Pilot observational […]

Therapy in Kansai area

I often get inquiries from people looking for counselling and therapy in the Kansai area. I would like to introduce 2 friends of mine who practice in Kansai, Lil Wills in Kobe and Colin Zimbleman in Kyoto. A fellow Brit, Lil is a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.) Colin is from […]

Royal College of Psychiatrists website resources

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) is UK is the professional body that is responsible for the higher training of UK psychiatrists. The author has a conflict of interest here as a member. It has an active website that also contains a number of resources that might be of interest, including information about mental disorders […]

The prevalence of mental health problems

A reuters article last week (available here) reported that according to a release from Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s office ahead of his mental-health initiative, one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year. This seems to have caused some surprise in some quarters but the […]

Headspace as online intervention

A client recommended an online intervention to me called Headspace (available here) that they have found useful. I am very enthusiastic about these online cognitive therapy based resources and think they can really complement counseling and psychotherapy. I always recommend such resources to my clients in Tokyo. However, a recent study published in BMJ (available […]

Find a counselor or psychotherapist

For those in Japan, I wanted to provide this link to International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ) of which I am currently the board secretary. The IMHPJ website is a very useful resource for those who are seeking to find a counselor or psychotherapist in just the Kanto/Tokyo area or anywhere in Japan. IMHPJ is […]