In her practice, Chizuko utilizes a variety of evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Chizuko has worked extensively with individuals, families, and groups who have experienced difficulties related to anxiety, depression, domestic violence, parenting issues, and harassment.
Chizuko is Okinawan and knows both Japanese and American culture. She earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland. She has Japanese certifications as a Clinical Psychologist, Public Psychologist, and Career Consultant. Chizuko has more than 20 years of experience as a therapist and has worked at a mental health hospital, in educational settings, and with organizations. Within the educational setting, Chizuko provided individual counseling to students, parents, and faculty at elementary, junior high, and senior high schools. When working for organizations, she provided counseling for employees and consultation for employers, dealing with harassment issues and work stress. She had extensive work with psychological first aid and risk management at schools and provided supervision and consultations to the faculty. Chizuko also has experiences as a lecturer speaking on mental health, work stress, anger management, and harassment issues for workers at organizations. She has been an adjunct instructor at Okinawa International University since 2006.
In her free time, Chizuko loves reading romance books and listening to music at home.
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o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.
o Cognitive Therapy (CT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that aims to help process patient struggles from a cognitive perspective, and work on both cognitive and behavioral changes to improve mental wellbeing. The basis of CT rests on the “cognitive model”, or the idea that “the way we perceive situations influences the way we think, feel, and behave.”
o Solution-Focused Therapy: a type of therapy that analyzes an individual’s current situation and encourages finding concrete solutions to confront problems and improve quality of life.