Biography

I have been Academic Lead for our online Counselling and Psychotherapy courses since September 2014 having previously taught Sports Psychology as an Associate Lecturer for the University of Derby.

I received a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the USA. While pursuing my degree I worked at the Church Street Counselling Center as a counsellor for two years being trained in Gestalt therapy. After graduation I worked as a mental health counsellor at an adult crisis psychiatric unit, Progress Foundation.  

In addition as a certified NLP trainer and coach (by the Society of NLP and NLP & Coaching Institute of California), I have been providing trainings and coaching sessions internationally since 2005.

Since September 2014, I've been working on research projects about peak performance, cultural psychology, and online counselling.

Professional

My research interests include 'Development of inspirational leaders’ survey. Bibliotherapy for depression among Japanese working adults. Cultural comparison of shame healing. Attitudes towards mental health problems – cross cultural comparison. Compassion-focused therapy training for Japanese adults. Effects of NLP trainings in mental health, anxiety, stress, and depression among Japanese working adults. Perception toward online counselling – cross cultural comparison.

Qualifications

  • BA in Applied Informatics GPA 3.75 / 4.00

  • MA in Counseling Psychology GPA 3.97 / 4.00

Memberships

  • British Psychological Society

  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

  • Japanese Bibliotherapy Association

  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences

  • Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy


Publications

Conference presentation about PTSD and WWI at the Disability History Day conference, 2014 November.

Article ‘Living and working internationally’ in ‘KG Journal’ (45,000 copies + web) published by Kwansei Gakuin in Japan - http://www.kwansei.ac.jp/kwansei_007601.html

A qualitative investigation into the experience of neuro-linguistic programming certification training among Japanese career consultants - https://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/621619

Disney strategy for Japanese university students' career guidance: a mixed methods pilot study - https://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/621620

Interests

Cooking and eating Japanese food, baseball, comedy and learning Dutch.