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Dipl.-Psych. Uta Sonnenberg-Watanabe

Mrs Sonnenberg-Watanabe has been living in Tokyo since 2004. She is specialised in cognitive behavioral therapy and other proven therapeutic approaches. She works with adults, teenagers and children, in single, couple, family or small group settings. Sessions can be face to face or online.

Education: B.A. psych. (Hons) City University of New York, N.Y., USA, Dipl.-Psych.,  Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main, Psychiatric Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, Klinik Berus, Zentrum für Verhaltensmedizin, Ueberherrn-Berus Institut für Therapieforschung (IFT), Freiburg, Helm-Stirlin-Institut (HSI) für Systemische Therapie, Heidelberg

 Clinical Member of IMHPJ (International Mental Health Professionals Japan), IMHPJ President  2010, 2011


Professional experience: Depression, Anxiety disorders, Phobia of any kind (flight-, tunnel-, test-, anmimal anxieties etc.), relationship problems in private and professional environments , identitiy and intercultural issues concerning children, teenagers and adults,  behavioral problems of children (esp. social withdrawal,  extreme activity, trauma, grief, stress, anger, despair), confidential conversations and coaching. No treatment if eating disorders (s.a. anorexia, bulimia, binge eating etc.).



Relevant personal exerience:  Expat-Stays in the USA and Germany, living for many years in Tokyo and Kansai (permanent resident of Japan), experience with national (jap., ger., am.) und international school systems.


Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Katharina Lotz-Schmitt

Mrs Lotz-Schmitt is working as an German nationally licensed Psychotherapist since 2013 (Psychologischer Psychotherapeut). Her therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Clarification-Oriented Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. She offers counselling, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy for individuals and couples. 


Education: Studies of Psychology in Münster, Germany and Dundee, UK. Diploma 2007; Education at Institute for Psycholoical Psychotherapy, Bochum, Germany, nationally licensed Psychotherapist since 2013; PhD of Social Psychology at the Distance University of Hagen, Germany, 2014.