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English Psychiatric and Psychological Services

1st Step Kokoro no Clinic is dedicated to serving those who may require mental heath services, including the international community in Japan. We have an English speaking Psychiatrist and Clinical Psychologists available to support clients that require bilingual services. Various services are available depending on the needs of each client such as medication, counseling, assessment, early intervention and parent support. We strive to work as a multidisciplinray team and to reach out to surrounding communities to provide holistic support for each client. 

Psychiatric Services

The psychiatrist, Dr. Masahiro Suzuki, provides medical psychiatric treatments for children through adults of any age. He is able to provide treatment for mental heath disorders such as Depression or other Mood Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Psychosis, and Addiction Disorders. Dr. Suzuki is able to provide various treatments including medication and family support. For patients with severe conditions, Dr. Suzuki is also able to arrange for hospitalization at Hodogaya Hospital where he also works as a psychiatrist. 

Psychiatric Consultation is available on Wednesdays 9:30-19:00 and Thursdays 9:30-19:00. Initial consultation is fixed on both days from 14:30~ . Please select one of the intake forms at the bottom of the page, fill it out to bring with you on your first visit. 

 

[Making an Appointment]

Intial Appointment: Please email info@1st-step.org. We will get back to you within 3 working days. 

Follow-up Appointments: Please use the online booking system or email us at info@1st-step.org. For patients who have not come to the clinic for over 6 months since the last appointment, the fees covered by Japanese insurance will be processed as a first time appointment. For these sessions, the online booking system cannot be used. 

 

[Health Insurance and Reservation Fee] 

For psychiatric services, we accept Japanese Medical Insurance (Kokumin Kenko Hoken or Shakai Hoken) for psychiatric services. For your appointment, please bring your health insurance card with you. At the clinic. we ask for reservation fees in order to set aside sufficient time for each client. A reservation fee of JPY16,500* will apply for first time appointments. For subsequent appointments, the reservation fee will be JPY5500* . *From August 11th, the reservation fee will be updated as follows:  initial reservation fee JPY16500* and subsequent appointment reservation fee JPY5500* for all clients of any age. 

*All prices are inclusive of 10% consumption tax

 

[Cancellation Policy] 

 For cancellations of sessions, please notify us  1 week in advance for initial  appointments and 48 hours in advance for follow-up appointments. The reservation fee will be charged as cancellation fees if cancellations not made in advance. Currently, only cash payment is available. Please print out the intake forms at the bottom of the page and bring them along with you on your first visit. 

Psychological Assessment 
  • Psychological assessment is available for clients ranging from pre-school aged-children to adults. Assessment is tailored to each client's needs and a battery of carefully selected tests will be administered.  Assessment may include  cognitive (WISC-V, WPSSI, WAIS), behavioral, social, academic (WIAT-III) or diagnostic areas. Testing is available in both English and Japanese. 
  • A typical assessment consists of a combination of interviews with the individual client,  interview with parents/ teachers/workplace staff/ counselors, administration of indivual tests, quetsionnaires and school/home observation.  A feedback session and assessment report with recommendations are also included in the package. If the child is bilingual and assessment/report is required in English and Japanese, this is also available with additional fees. Follow-up sessions with the pscyologist is available and if necessary, a psychiatrist session can be arranged.

Please select one of the intake forms at the bottom of the page, fill it out to bring with you on your first visit. 

 

[Making an Appointment]

Please email info@1st-step.org. Our psychologist will get back to you within 3 working days. 

 

[Fees]

The base fee is JPY12,100* per hour. The total fee is dependant on the number of hours used in the assessment process and will vary for each individual case. Typically, an assessment will fall under the categories of Cognitive Assessment, Academic Assessment or Diagnositc Assessment. The estimated range for an evaluation may range between JPY84,700~302,500*. Variations of these categories can be made to accomodate the needs of each client. Assessment services are currently not covered by Japanese National Health Insurance. However, we are able to provide a documentation in English/ Japanese for fees paid, which may be used to claim reimbursements from your own private insurance companies/schemes. If you have international private insurance plans, please check with your insurance provider regarding possible benefits for mental health services.

*All prices are inclusive of 10% consumption tax.

 

[Cancellation Policy]

In case of a need for cancellation, please notify us 24 hours in advance. We will require full payment of the missed appointment if advance notice is not made.

Counseling  and Consultation Services

Counseling  and consultation services for both children and adults are offered by our bilingual psychologists at JPY11,000~15,400* per individual 50-minutes session. Counseling sessions may adapt various  techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Emotion and Behaviour Regulation, and Social Skills Training. A social skills group program may also be offered depending on the number of clients that may benefit from this service. Sessions for parents are also available for those who wish to learn effective strategies and techniques to work with children at home. Additionally, teachers are also welcome to discuss with our psychologists regarding issues including their student's behavioural and emotional presentations. Services are also provided in Spanish. 

 

[Making an Appointment]

Please email info@1st-step.org. Our psychologist will get back to you within 3 working days. 

 

[Health Insurance]

 Counseling or consultation services are  offered  using a slididng scale. Depending on the household income of the client or family, the hourly fee may range from  JPY11, 000~15,400*. Counseling or consultation is currently not covered by Japanese National Health Insurance However, we are able to provide a documentation in English/ Japanese for fees paid, which may be used to claim reimbursements from your own private insurance companies/schemes. If you have international private insurance plans, please check with your insurance provider regarding possible benefits for mental health services.

 

[Cancellation Policy]

In case of a need for cancellation, please notify us 24 hours in advance. We will require full payment of the missed appointment if advance notice is not made.

*All prices are inclusive of 10% consumption tax

Please refer to the below 'Information Sheet' for more details on Psychological Services, Psychological Assessment and Counseling and Consultation services in English, or click below to download the PDF.

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✴︎鈴木雅弘、精神科医師

  Masahiro Suzuki, Psychiatrist            

✴︎鈴木(王)美鳳、臨床心理士         Miho Wang Suzuki, Clinical Psychologist                  

✴︎デニッセ・モレノ、臨床心理士      Denisse Moreno, Clinical Psychologist

✴︎山本優、心理士(神経発達心理)                      Yu Yamamoto, Psychologist

     (Spec. Neurodevelopmental Psychology)

✴︎塩野入あずさ、心理士         (隔週木曜日:10月14日、27日)

1st STEP Kokoro no Clinic

Yoyogi High School Bldg 2F
5-8-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 151-0051

5 min walk from JR Yoyogi Station on Yamanote Line or Sobu Line
5 min walk from Yoyogi Station on Oedo Line
5 min walk from Kitasando Station on Fukutoshin Line