Family Support Specialists in Tokyo

By on August 7, 2015

Living abroad provides families with many incredible opportunities – meeting friends from all corners of the globe, traveling to exotic destinations, and learning first-hand about other cultures, just to name a few. However, there is no rose without a thorn, and there are challenges to living outside your home country. Discovering that your child requires specialized care while living abroad can make you want to book the next flight home. But don’t panic, there are some qualified specialists here in Tokyo. Since it’s not as easy as cracking open the phone book for non-Japanese speakers, we’ve compiled a list of English speaking specialists in the Tokyo area.

Evaluation, Counseling and Therapy


Children Center Inc.

The CCI is run by Kozue Matsuda who has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Needs Education. Professional Services: Applied and Verbal Behavioral Therapies Children Center #302 1-5-9 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012 Tel 03-3797-3683 email:


Dr. Ohnogi Psychotherapy and Counseling Clinic

Dr. Akiko J. Ohnogi has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Professional services: Play Therapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Group `Psychotherapy Educational and Professional development : Parenting education, Raising multilingual children, Child and Adolescent development, Play therapy education, Stress management, Emotional literacy, Eating disorders, Self-mutilation, Responding to trauma workshops, Supervision in play therapy, child psychotherapy, psychotherapy, and other workshops. Dr. Ohnogi Psychotherapy & Counseling Clinic 3-3-27 Azabudai Flats 302, Azabudai, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0041 Tel: 03-3560-6641


Dr. Ron Shumsky

American trained Ron Shumsky, Psy., D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist sees clients by appointment at the Bluff Clinic in Yokohama or at his Roppongi Clinic. He specializes in child development and developmental assessment of children. Professional Services: Individual and Family Psychotherapy, Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children’s Learning and Development, Specialized Remedial Reading Instruction, School Consultation or Email: or Tel: 045-641-6961

Japan Therapist

Dr. Douglas Eames offers counseling and life-coaching services in English at his Komazawa office or via Skype. Professional services: Stress, Depression and Manic depression, Culture Shock, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Adult ADHD, Personality Disorders, Couples and Marriage Counseling, Gay and Lesbian issues, substance abuse issues, and Life Coaching on personal and professional development. By appointment only.


Tokyo Counseling Services

English-speaking JSCCP-qualified clinical psychologists licensed to practice in Japan. Services are also provided in other languages such as Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. Team :Andrew Grimes, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Taeko Goto, Clinical Psychologist, Nicolas Dermota, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Psychologist of Trust, Junko Kimura, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Yasue Yoshiike, Couples Counselor (Bilingual International Marriage Counselor) and Psychotherapist, Young-Ae Kang, Clinical Psychologist, Yuki Kakurai, Clinical Psychologist, Rei Shimizu, Licensed Master Social Worker, Sapphire W.C. Li, Clinical Psychologist (registered in Hong Kong), Yuko Okuyama, Art Therapist, Delphine Hochart, Psychiatrist (Ministry of Health, France) and Counselor, Keiko Nakahama, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Critical Incident Stress anagement Trainer. Professional services: Counseling and Psychotherapy KS Residence, Daizawa 2-30-21, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0032 Tel. 03-5431-3096 Email:


Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center

Dr. Douglas Berger is a bilingual American board certified psychiatrist and Director of the Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center. Team: Dr. Douglas Eames, Ph.D., Associate Center Director, Akiko Owada M.S., Psychology counsellor, Mary Alice O’Dowd, M.D., External Advisor Professional Services: Counseling Approach, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Psychiatric Medication, Anxiety and Depression, Post Partum Depression www.meguro near Yutenji station Tel 03-3716-6624

Tokyo Neuropsychologist

Dr. Marielle Gorissen-van Eenige PhD, is a Ministry of Health-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and Health Care Psychologist in Netherlands and also a registered psychologist in France. She is also an Associate Professor at the Temple University Japan in Psychological studies. Dr. Gorissen-van Eenge speaks Dutch, English and French. Professional Services: Pediatric Neuropsychology Email

Tokyo Psychotheraphy LLC

Dr. Scott Smith is a U.S. Licensed English-speaking therapist in Tokyo with experience working with children, adolescents and adults on ADHD & Asperger Syndrome. anxiety, depression, including relationship issues. Roppongi Urban Rex #306, 3-3-29 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Tel. 03-5570-5225 Email:

Musical Therapist

Atsuko Matsuzaki is certified by the American Music Therapy Association, and is available for private practice in your home. Specializing in therapy for people with special needs including ADHD and autism. Email: Tel 03-3705-4848


Speech and Language Pathologists

The Tokyo Association of Foreign Speech and Language Pathologists offers their assistance to English speaking families in need of speech and language therapy in the Tokyo area. (Some families from outside of Tokyo have traveled to Tokyo for evaluation as well). All referrals for the Tokyo Association of Foreign Speech and Language Pathologists are handled by Marsha Rosenberg, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist. Upon receiving a request, Ms. Rosenberg will contact the family to review the fee structure and process for moving forward. If the family agrees to the fees, Ms. Rosenberg will then gather pertinent information to place them with a therapist. (There may be a waitlist, depending on how many therapists are in Tokyo at the time of the request.) All therapists are qualified, or are in the process of completing their certification. (At times, therapists working with the Tokyo Association of Foreign Speech and Language Pathologists have completed their course work, but are still awaiting certification. Often insurance companies in the U.S. will not cover therapy provided by therapists who are not certified so this is important in the referral process.) Fees are as follows: ¥6,000 fee for the initial referral, ¥12,000 per hour for therapy plus any transportation cost for the therapist. Evaluations range from ¥20,000 to ¥60,000 depending on the extent of the testing and the type of report and recommendations the family would like. For more information, contact Marsha Rosenberg. If families are interested in information about speech and language evaluations, therapy or consultations, they can contact Marsha Rosenberg and she will explain the referral process. Email:


Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists Hearing Tests

A foreigner-friendly Ear, Nose & Throat Practice / Voice Clinic in Tokyo. The Hiro-yama Clinic is owned by Dr. Hiroya Yamaguchi. Dr. Yamaguchi is a medical doctor specializing in ear nose & throat disorders. Many of Dr. Yamaguchi’s patients are professional singers, but he also does general Ear, Nose & Throat work, such as hearing tests. Joanna Lawson is an English Speech & Language Therapist, who practices at the Hiro-yama Clinic. She specializes in treating voice disorders. This includes working with adults and children who have hoarse voices or lose their voices regularly through too much shouting/singing/screaming / stress or throat diseases. Ms. Lawson works mostly in English, but can also work in German and, through an interpreter, in Japanese. In addition to Ms. Lawson, there is a Japanese voice therapist who works at the Clinic every other Saturday. The clinic does not currently see children with speech and language delays. Hiro-yama Clinic 2-5-1 Shibadaimon Arte Building 3F, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012 Tel 03-3437 6376 Email



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