Ms. Yamada is an American Clinical Social Worker, licensed in the state of Massachusetts.
Ms. Yamada earned her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University in 1997 and an MA in Comparative Culture at Tokyo’s International Christian University in 1992, where she specialized in Japanese women’s issues. She is licensed to practice by the state of Massachusetts.
She has lived in Japan for forty years in both city and country settings, and worked in various Japanese workplaces, making her familiar with a range of situations both foreigners and Japanese encounter. Her therapeutic specialties are cultural and adjustment problems (including returnee issues); identity issues; depression, anxiety and other mood disorders; aging; and relationships (long-distance, inter-cultural, gay and lesbian). Her approach combines dynamic, interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral techniques with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.
Ms. Yamada is trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA) SEE FAR CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). She has also worked with volunteers in settings for the aged.
She belongs to the National Association of Social Workers and International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ), and has served on its Board in several capacities.