Yuka is an officially Licensed Psychologist in Japan, Licensed Psychotherapist / Marriage and Family Therapist in California, US, and Registered Counsellor (SAC) and Registered Practitioner (APACS). Full member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors in Singapore (APACS).
She assists individuals, adults, adolescents, children, couples, and groups in addressing issues such as grief and loss, feelings of sadness, anxiety, relationships, trauma and past negative experiences, life transitions, marital challenges, including pre-marital sessions.
She has acquired training in the field of counselling and has served in counselling centres both in the US (JFK Community Counseling Center in Sunnyvale, CA) and Singapore (SAGE Counselling Centre for elderly and caregivers) since 1998. She has also extended her assistance in schools, counseling for children, adolescents, and their parents in elementary and middle schools in the Cupertino Union School District in California (John Muir Elementary School, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, De Vargas Elementary School and Hyde Middle School).
After getting her official license in US, she was providing counselling and psychotherapy in several places including the Psychological Services Department at the College of San Mateo, Alta Mira Counseling in San Jose, Nihon Bay Clinic in San Mateo, and Christian Counseling Center in Mountain View and Los Altos, and in Singapore, provided counselling and psychological support at multiple venues including Japanese Association Clinic in Singapore, and currently Annabelle Psychology in Novena, Singapore and Japan Green Clinic in Orchard, Singapore. Yuka has been operating a successful private practice since 2007. She also enjoys facilitating educational classes such as self-care, mindfulness, marital guidance, parenting and giving talks in the local community.
She pursed her studies in psychology at Ritsumeikan University and Keio University in Japan, and completed her postgraduate studies in social work, acquiring training and counselling at the National University of Singapore and in counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University in California, US.
She is affiliated with various associations including the American Psychological Association (APA), Japanese Psychological Association(JPA), Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
Psychotherapy is described as a method to address psychological challenges and distress, primarily through communication and scientifically validated procedures. Through these processes, clients learn coping mechanisms towards their challenges by developing a healthier thought patterns and habits.
There is a variety of psychotherapy techniques which are used depending on the client’s conditions, however, the main similarity between them is that share a common method: primarily verbal communication. Also known as talk therapy, expressing thoughts and internal conflicts is pivotal to addressing the issue at hand. In collaboration with a psychotherapist, clients can identify and overcome their challenges.
Yuka specialises in assisting primarily clients who are facing adjustment disorders due to sudden changes in environment or lifestyle. Adjustment disorders encompass feelings of stress and sadness triggered by events such as divorce, life changes, health concerns in oneself or a loved one, relocating, or financial issues. Individuals might find themselves responding excessively or unusually to minor life stressors. Symptoms of anxiety and low mood related to adjustment disorders arise within three months of the stressor and typically diminish within six months after the event has passed.
Feeling anxious occasionally is a common human experience. However, clinical anxiety ,which requires attention, manifests as severe symptoms disrupting with daily life. Some individuals might experience hesitations about leaving their home or entering specific spaces, which might seem irrational to others.
There's a distinction between the occasional low moods everyone faces and clinical depression that need attention. Clinical depression is recognized as a mood challenge that can lead to a sudden disinterest in activities, pervasive feelings of sadness, and, in extreme cases, a diminished drive to engage in daily tasks.
To categorise psychotherapy largely, it can be summarised into individual therapy, couple therapy, group therapy and family therapy
This method is for clients who looking to explore and address their patterns of thinking. Counsellors offers a non-judgmental perspective, aiding them in understanding and processing those thoughts.
Couples might seek assistance when facing challenges due to life changes, feelings of distance, recurring disputes, or other relational concerns. Counsellors provide guidance on rebuilding communication and enhancing conflict resolution skills, aiming for mutual satisfaction in the relationship.
Group therapy is intended for individuals who wish to hone their group interaction skills. By addressing interpersonal concerns and interacting within the group setting, participants can grow both individually and collectively.
This approach emphasises cultivating healthier family relationships through collective interactions and addressing each family member's well-being. The therapist guide conversations, incorporating social, financial, cultural and religious contexts to suggest family members can best support one another.
In regards to couple or family therapy, as a counsellor who has trained in the US, apart from Japanese clients, Yuka specialises in offering psychotherapy sessions for international couples or families as well. (eg. a Japanese client with a Singaporean partner)
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a type of psychotherapy that combines practices of mindfulness and cognitive therapy to address various forms of psychological distress. Mindfulness, roots in Buddhist practices, involves breathing exercises and mindful meditation. By incorporating this into cognitive therapy-which helps clients understand the relationship between their thoughts and feelings-it enables them to accept their negative emotions rather than evading them. Through this acceptance, clients can develop healthier strategies to cope with negative thought patterns. Regular meditation practices enhance their ability to manage emotions, especially when feeling underwhelmed.
The programme is normally used to manage clients with stress, depression, anxiety or any repetitive thoughts or emotions and lasts up to 8 weeks. Most of the practice is done outside of class as the clients are recommended to self-direct the concepts that the therapist suggests to them and incorporate the mindfulness activities into their everyday lifestyle.
Yuka Aiga Tay, Japanese Speaking Counsellor, Marriage and Family Therapist in Singapore
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