Offering Consultation in English, You Can Make Reservations by calling 070-1482-7582 Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays, from 10:00 to 16:00
Dealing with mental health issues as a foreigner in Japan can be complicated.
The first hurdle is navigating the Japanese health system. And then there are all sorts of stigmas attached to seeking help and finding a doctor. But these days there are more resources for those who need help in English than there used to be and the medical approach to problems as diverse as anxiety, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder is improving.
For many foreigners their problems are more basic. Many people are already aware of their mental health issues and have been treated in their home country. Often these people simply need a psychiatrist to advise them and help them prescribe the medications that they are already taking.
Others need someone to refer them to a psychologist who speaks English or who need assessment tests such as those used to detect learning disorders for children as diverse as Dyslexia and Autism.
Overall however, navigating the system in Japanese makes even simple problems difficult to address. Many psychiatric clinics require you to make an appointment in Japanese even if they have English-speaking doctors on staff.
And then there is the issue of medication. Many people misunderstand the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. They turn up at a psychiatrist’s office expecting a regular hour-long session whereas a psychologist is often better suited to issues that are related to talk therapy.
A psychiatrist in Japan will initially consult with a patient to determine the issue they are having and to help them with a therapeutic solution, often prescribing medication or advising them on a course of action. Subsequent visits may not be as long as the initial consultation unless the situation requires it.
Now there is a new resource for foreigners who need to consult a psychiatrist in English, the Hayakawa Mental Health Clinic in Issha, which opened on September 20th.
Dr. Norika Hayakawa is a certified psychiatrist, a designated psychiatrist and an occupational physician who specializes in child and adult psychiatry. Once it opens the clinic will begin by accepting English-speaking patients on Thursdays and Saturdays between 9:30 and 13:00.
If you would like to make a reservation for an appointment in English please call 070-1482-7582 Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays, from 10:00 to 16:00.
The clinic is located 1 minute from Issha Station on the Higashiyama line. (Plenty of parking is available.)
Hayakawa Mental Health Clinic Issha
2F Ota Issha Bldg.
Issha 2-8, Meito-ku, Nagoya
The English-language website is still under construction but for a map and other information visit the clinic’s website at: www.hayakawakokoro.com