Psychotherapy in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Hi, I’m Suzuki Akiko and thank you for visiting my website. I am a psychotherapist/counselor educated and trained in the United States. I am culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse clients and professionally committed to providing the highest quality service possible in English and Japanese. My office is conveniently located in Shinjuku, central Tokyo.

Entering therapy is a big courageous step for anyone facing mental challenges in daily life. I offer a wide range of therapeutic treatments that can be tailored for your specific needs. Psychotherapy helps you to tap into your resources, gain more options, and rediscover who you truly are.

The fit between you and your therapist is the key to successful outcomes in psychotherapy. I hope that information below will provide you with a feel about who I am and how I work. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to answer.

Psychotherapy for individuals

Psychotherapy is the process by which you explore your inner world and the way you interact with the outer world. Areas of exploration include, but not limited to, your relational patterns, the effects of your developmental history on your presenting issues, and your unconscious value system that controls how you behave and feel. In a free and protected space of psychotherapy, you have opportunities to become aware of something that you were unaware of before and consciously experience it in a different way, which will cultivate new options for you how to navigate your life.

The challenges I work best with include:
– Depression, anxiety
– Trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD
– Relationship issues (family, couples, friends and colleagues)
– Challenges in parenting
– Cross-cultural issues

My approach

My approach is integrative, which means that I apply different theories and intervention skills to meet your specific needs. In sessions, I strive to provide new, different experience for you by focusing on what is happening between you and me in the here and now. When it is appropriate, with your permission, I may invite you to explore your bodily sensations and/or images in order to effectively and gently access to your unconscious materials. My style is warm, empathetic, and genuine.

My therapy approach include:
– Psychoanalytical approach
– Gestalt therapy
– Hakomi therapy
– Cognitive behavioral therapy
– The flash technique

About me

– M.A. in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
– M.A. in Economics, The University of Tokyo
– B.A. in Economics, Kyoto University

– American Psychological Association, APA
– International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, ISSTD

Born and grew up in Tokyo, I was always curious about what would be there outside of the city, outside of Japan. Because I was interested in social and economic development in what we called then the third world, I majored in international economics at the University of Tokyo. My keen interest in other cultures led me to work in different countries including Thailand, Indonesia, and Switzerland.

While I worked in different organizations in different nations, my interest in psychology always stayed in my mind. I happened to visit the website of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) one day, which inspired me in such a way that I intuitively decided to apply for the Master’s program in Integral Counseling Psychology there, which has eventually led to what I am today, psychotherapist in private practice in Tokyo.

My working languages are Japanese and English. I also have some Thai and French speaking ability.

Pronouns: She.Her.Hers.


Psychotherapy is an investment in yourself. It can greatly improve the quality of your life.

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long, and occur on a weekly basis. My current fee for psychotherapy in English is 12,000 yen per session (tax incl.). Please feel free to ask about sliding scale availability.

Reach out & access

To schedule an initial appointment 

My office is open from 10am to 6 pm (Tuesday through Saturday)
It is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Feel free to contact me to make an initial appointment or to make an inquiry by email to . Your email will be treated as confidential information to protect privacy.

To make an initial appointment, please include the following in email:
– Your name
– Your email
– Your telephone number 
– Your presenting issues
– Your availability (some good times for an initial session)

I will reply to you within two business days.

Office address

5-18-20 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

The nearest stations:
Shinjuku Sanchome Sta. (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Fukutoshion Line), 1 minute walk from E1 exit
JR Shinjuku Sta., 10 minutes walk
Higashi-Shinjuku sat. (Toei Oedo Line), 7 minutes walk