Are there psychologists and therapists in Japan?
Another focus of my psychotherapeutic work is the care of Japanese patients, war refugees and other patients with a migration background in Japanese, English, French and German, if required, psychotherapy in other languages with the use of qualified interpreters and cultural and language mediators. In doing so, I try to maintain a culturally sensitive but not culturally-oriented attitude: my aim is to take into account the client's culture-specific socialization experiences in contact as well as in therapy planning and implementation, without anticipating or presupposing them and without putting the client in a “cultural or ethnic template ”, but to be able to meet and get to know the client as an individual in an appreciative manner.
In our joint practice with my colleague Dr. Shinoda has the option of providing both psychotherapeutic and general practitioner care to patients in Japanese.
A culture-mediating attitude is also important to us: Taking into account cultural differences as well as similarities, we want to make it easier for our Japanese patients to better cope with the possible (especially initial) difficulties of adapting to a life abroad.
We are also in regular contact with the Japanese General Consulate as medical-psychotherapeutic consultants in order to develop and implement concepts to improve the quality of life for Japanese people in Germany.
So far, I have been able to gain my experience in psychotherapy work with Japanese patients in lectures at, among others, the congress ofUmbrella association for transcultural psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics in German-speaking countries (DTPPP) as well as information events of the Japanese General Consulate in Düsseldorf. Further lectures with Dr. Shinoda are planned.
The article: "Japanese Men in Clinical Treatment and Social Counseling" was published as a book contribution in "Diversity-Trankutural Competence in Clinical and Social Work Areas".
As part of my work at the Psychosocial Center for Refugees in Düsseldorf and the Transcultural Psychosomatic Ambulance, I mainly treated war refugees. From this experience, when treating war refugees, it has become very important to me to take into account the real living conditions and special features of the residence permit. Thus, working with war refugees is not an exclusively psychological, but above all a psychosocial task in which networking and communication with counseling centers and lawyers can be necessary. Here I am in close contact and exchange with other specialist centers such as the Psychosocial Center for Refugees in Düsseldorf and the Transcultural Psychosomatic Outpatient Clinic of the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Düsseldorf, in order to enable the most complete treatment and advice possible for war refugees in the Düsseldorf area .
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