Ron earned his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is both a Registered Psychologist in Australia and a Certified Counselor in Canada. Ron has been working across Asia as an international counselor for the past 20 years. While he is trained as a generalist, Ron’s areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, self-esteem, sexuality & gender identity, and self-awareness/meditation. His primary goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space where individuals are able to express their feelings, better understand their behaviors and thought patterns, and create a plan for moving forward.
Yuko Watabe (Currently on Leave)
Yuko earned a B.A in Psychology at UCLA, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University. She has been practicing as a clinician since 2006 in various settings: university counseling centers, hospitals, schools, community counseling centers, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in California. She offers psychotherapy in English and Japanese.
Yuko has published multiple journal articles and book chapters and presented at conferences. Yuko’s interests in research include cultural influence on assessment and treatment of psychological disorders, coping to stress, evidence-based treatment, assessment issues, and Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder. Yuko also taught psychology classes at universities in the U.S.
Yuko understands that living in a new environment can be challenging and believes that healthy adjustment to a new culture is associated with psychological wellbeing, which in turn, leads to personal, academic, and social growth.
Aki (pronouns: he, him/they, them) earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Miami University of Ohio. Aki has worked in university counseling settings for the past 4 years, but also has experience working in community mental health settings. Aki's specialties include trauma and interpersonal violence, social justice, as well as gender and sexual diversity. Aki understands that navigating life and relationships can often be challenging with our intersecting identities, and is hence committed to making safer spaces to explore ourselves and our relationships.
Rieko holds a M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois, U.S.A. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) (certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors) in the U.S.A. Prior to joining the TUJ Counseling Office in 2016, she worked for a consulting firm as a bilingual counselor/consultant/trainer for over seven years, providing professional support to individuals from diverse backgrounds and multinational companies. She has also worked for universities in the U.S.A. and Japan, providing student counseling and advice. Her areas of expertise include mental health counseling, career counseling, and providing training in interpersonal communication, cultural adjustment, self-awareness and job search skills. Rieko believes that her international work experience helps her to provide students with the support they need to enhance their wellness.
Steve earned a B.A. in Psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Psychology in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Waseda University. He was raised in the US and South Korea, and has lived in Japan since December of 2014.
His studies and experiences have focused on stigma, developmental and learning disorders, adolescent and young adult psychology, and community outreach. His most recent area of interest is the mental health of international students studying in Japan.
Steve knows from personal experience that academics and relationships can become difficult to handle when trying to adjust to an unfamiliar environment, and that having someone to talk to can make a difference.