Information on Counseling and Psychotherapy

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is counseling and psychotherapy?

NHS Choices is an excellent website providing reliable information on health matters, including mental health, for the general public both inside and outside of the UK. I discovered that their website (link here) has some very nice and simple descriptions of what counselling (counseling for our US colleagues) and psychotherapy are, also including a description […]