Eric Lenhardt, LCSW

The reason I became a counselor

I became a counselor to be a light of hope to those struggling through dark times.  In my young adulthood, a gifted counselor showed me that expressing myself openly could reduce my powerful negative emotions. Then, following my move to Japan, I began to see how each of us are challenged in ways we may never have imagined.  I humbly believe that these experiences were meant to assist me as a counselor.  My return to counseling after years away gives me an even greater appreciation for what the counseling connection has to offer.  Connection to each other helps us to see above and beyond our current circumstances to new possibilities and to reach for them.  This could be our work should you seek this kind of connection with me.

Educational and Professional Background

  • Training Institute for Mental Health, 4 Year Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1999.
  • Yeshiva University, Master of Social Work, 1995.
  • University of Shizuoka, Assistant Professor, 2005 to present.
  • Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc., EAP Counselor, 1999-2003.
  • Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers, Inc., Psychotherapist, 1995-1999.


Reiko Yamamoto, MSW

The reason I became a counselor

A long time ago, I met a wonderful psychotherapist who saved my life. He listened my story and deep grief without any judgement.  He didn’t need to change me, but believed in my ability to heal myself.

I experienced remembering my own power, was transformed and grew spiritually. I have been and will be forever grateful for my therapist.

Educational and Professional Background

*Tokyo Women’s Christian Universty, BA

*Columbia University, MSW

*Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Institute, 3 years of training

*Columbia University, Field Instructor Seminar, Completed

*Private Practice, NY, NY

*2003 Moved back to Japan and opened private practice

*Created and chaired NPO Holistic Health for 7 years

*Currently the director of Sogetsu Counseling Center

*EFT(emotional freedom technique) level 1, 2, therapist course completed

*NHA certified Advance Trainer

Hitomi Kawai, MSW


The reason I became a counselor

When I worked as a translator for a Japanese boy in an elementary school in Massachusetts, I felt his loneliness. Because he couldn’t speak much English, it was hard for him to adjust to the new environment.  I thought then that I wanted to support children having difficulties in a deeper way so I decided to become a child counselor.  Since then, I have enjoyed working as a counselor because it helps me see how resilient each one of us is.

Educational and Professional Background

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor in Psychology

Columbia University, Master of Social Work

Worked in community counseling center and in the NYC public schools as a child counselor

School counselor in Japan for 5 years

Currently working at Sogetsu Counseling Center, since 2010

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