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TELL Counseling Welcomes Kyoko Sonoda and Tony Simons 

Psychotherapist Kyoko Sonoda and social worker Tony Simon have joined the TELL Counseling clinical team, and will enhance our ability to offer counseling in our Yokohama clinic and via distance counseling.

Kyoko Sonoda obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adult individuals, divorced/separated parents, and families at outpatient mental health clinics, and crime survivor support non-profit agencies, all in a multi-cultural environment. Her clinical interests include parenting, co-parenting for divorced/separated parents, trauma issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment/acculturation issues, identity issues, behavioral issues, and especially child abuse prevention and early intervention. Ms Sonoda provides play therapy for children and psychotherapy for individual adults, couples, and families in the Yokohama office.

Tony Simon is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (in Massachusetts) who earned his Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri. He utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other cognitive-behavioral approaches in helping clients struggle less with the anxiety, pain, and disappointment that can interfere with their efforts to build meaningful and fulfilling lives. Resident in Japan, he is a distance counselor who seeks to help others function effectively and live comfortably.

“Only around 20 percent of the over two million foreign residents of Japan live in Tokyo, and mental health resources are scarce in many places,” said Michael Nevans, Director of Clinical Services. “We are pleased to welcome Kyoko and Tony to TELL as we continue to expand the reach of our  counseling services outside the Tokyo area.”

TELL Counseling offers distance counseling, which can be done by Skype or phone, for adults who cannot come to the TELL Counseling offices in Tokyo or Yokohama because of distance or physical disability or who cannot find face-to-face services in their area. This service is offered for clients who are affected by problems such as:

• depression and other mood disorders
• cultural adjustment issues
• anxiety
• stress
• personal growth (making difficult decisions)
• family-related problems
• workplace related problems
• problems in relationships

To determine whether or not distance counseling is an appropriate method of therapy for you, please email clinical.assist@telljp.com or phone 03-4550-1146.