Rieko Brooks-Kajiwara (M.Ed., LPC, NCC)

Psychotherapist – Adult Individual and Couples Counseling

Ms. Brooks-Kajiwara is a Bilingual (Japanese/English) psychotherapist licensed as a Professional Counselor in Illinois, USA. She also is a National Certified Counselor in
the USA. Rieko applies the integrative approach in her therapy to match her client’s goals, needs, personality, and circumstances. This includes utilizing the Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strength-focused, Cognitive Behavioral, and Emotionally Focused approaches.

She is experienced in addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, stress management, and relationship issues. From her previous experience as a consultant and a career counselor, she is also trained in providing career counseling as well as providing consultations and workshops on mental health and wellness topics. For over 15 years,
she has worked in a variety of settings including universities, an EAP company, and a Japanese mental health clinic. She completed her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in the USA.

In her free time, she enjoys baking and cooking as well as spending time with her family, traveling, going to cafés and watching movies.

Key Concepts:

o Strength-Based Therapy: a type of therapy that involves clients and therapists working together to use a client’s strengths and abilities to instill a sense of purpose and happiness.1 Underlying a strengths-based approach is the belief that how people deal with challenges depends on their view of themselves and whether they see their strengths or their weaknesses.

o Career counseling: is a type of advice-giving and support provided to help the clients manage their journey through life, learning, and work changes (career) such as career exploration, making career choices, managing career changes, lifelong career development, and dealing with career-related issues. 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.

o Psychodynamic Therapy: a type of talk therapy similar to psychoanalytic therapy during which a client is invited to speak about whatever they feel they would like to. Psychodynamic therapy places a focus on how the individual interacts with their external environment.

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.