Therapist Profiles

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Doug Berger, M.D., Ph.D., Center Director

Douglas Berger, M.D., Ph.D., a fully bilingual American board certified psychiatrist, serves as the Director of the Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center. Dr. Berger is a graduate of New York Medical College where he completed a 4-year residency program in psychiatry.

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Dr. Berger is a legal permanent resident of Japan.


Akiko Owada M.S., Psychology Counsellor

Ms. Owada graduated from the Teikyo Heisei University Clinical Psychology Department, and is a Certified Psychologist in Japan. She is also certified in Japan as a Social Welfare Worker, and has volunteered at social-service facilities in Japan.

Ms.Owada has also completed the first term of the Doctoral course at Teikyo Heisei University Graduate School of Clinical Psychology and is expected to complete the Clinical Psychologist Certification in Japan. Her undergraduate thesis was written on naricssism, and her graduate thesis was on intimacy in romantic relationships.

Ms. Owada has experience as a psychology counselor in the Clinical Psychology Center while in graduate school at Teikyo Heisei University and now works as a psychologist in Tokyo. Ms. Owada's availability to take new clients may vary, please inquire on her current status. She conducts counseling in Japanese only.


Mary Alice O'Dowd, M.D., External Advisor

Dr. O'Dowd is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in New York City. Dr. O'Dowd has written more than 100 articles, abstracts, and book chapters of a variety of topics in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. She is a graduate of New York Medical College and did her psychiatric Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Dr. O'Dowd is a valuable asset in keeping the therapists at the Meguro Counseling Center at the cutting edge of psychotherapeutic treatment and in promoting excellence of the services provided.

Please confirm with the Center which therapists are currently accepting inquiries.

In the case of severe depression or other psychiatric illness, the therapists at the Meguro Counseling Center may refer clients for medication, similar to the function of a clinical psychologist in Tokyo.



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The Meguro Counseling Center consists of Western-trained therapists able to provide face-to-face mental-health care for the international community in Tokyo. With extensive experience in Japan, these therapists have a deep understanding of the stresses of living in Japan.