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Meet Our Staff

Here is the list of our sections/titles and brief messages from our staff.

Director and Associate Director

Jun Adachi / Michelle La Fay, Ph.D.

If you have any doubts, problems, or disturbances in your student life, please contact the Student Advice and Counseling Center anytime. Our staff will do their best to support your student life.

Student Counseling Office

Daisuke Fujioka
Director, Student Counseling Office/Counselor

I have experienced  working as a psychotherapist at child welfare institutions. I always try to imagine “how he/she might have felt” when I listen to consultees: their feelings, experiences, and life at that time. I try to understand them beyond “thinking” that I understand. Come and see us at the Student Counseling Office.

Ikumi Suzuki
Deputy Director, Student Counseling Office/Counselor

Hello! Nice to meet you. Up until now, I have been involved in counseling teenagers in the field of education. I believe that problems and struggles have meaning. They are seeds of growth, channels to connect with others, and can be put to good use.
If you are reading this, I hope that together we can think about what to do. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not you can use our center for something you’re thinking about, please come talk to us. We are waiting to hear from you.

Yoshiko Kosaka
Deputy Director, Student Counseling Office/Counselor

I have worked as a clinical psychologist in the medical field, as well as done youth support, and student counseling. When you carefully look at what you feel in the “here and now,” you may find yourself understanding what has been going on, or you may be able to see a direction for the future. The uncomfortable feelings you experience, or the worries you wonder if you are the only one who feels them, may be treasures to help you find your uniqueness. Please feel free to come and talk to us anytime. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yuuka Konishi
Counselor

Hello. I’m Yuuka Konishi, one of the counselors. Before working at the Student Counseling Office, I worked in the education and medical fields as a clinical psychologist. I hope to help students become able to “live their own unique lives” and as you try to resolve your issues, I will be alongside you to help think things out. Of course, if you don’t have any issues, but just feel like talking to someone, please get in touch with us. I have a relaxing, peaceful place waiting for you.

Miki Fukumoto
Counselor

In my career, I have worked primarily in education. I would like to listen to your stories and help you move forward in your own way. Talking to others can help you sort out your inner thoughts, and you may come to see different points of view from the ones you are used to. Please feel free to visit our counseling center without asking yourself, “Is it really OK to visit the counseling center for something as trivial as this?

Tomoka Tamai
Counselor

I have worked in the medical and educational fields as well as in the corporate world. I would like to be one part of making your life a little easier than before. I can help you sort out your experiences and emotions by talking and working with you at your own pace and according to your wishes. It’s okay if you can’t put your feelings into words. Let’s relax, take it slow, and together we’ll be able to get things worked out.

Mina Isaka
Counselor

I have previously worked in both the educational and medical fields. I would like to share your feelings and problems and help you make your day-to-day life easier and more fulfilling. Little things that bother you, things you worry about excessively; any concern you might have is fine to talk about. Please drop by.

Sumire Matsuda
Counselor

I have been providing counselling services in medical and educational fields both in Japan and the US. Based principally on therapies for trauma, I am dedicated to providing counseling to coordinate the mind and body. Drop by anytime to talk even if you do not have any problems.

Manami Niida
Counselor

Until now, I have worked as a clinical psychologist in the medical and educational fields. I hope that you will feel free to use our services when you are troubled or lost, when you want to share your worries with someone, when you are not sure what to do… and of course, when you just want to “talk it out.” Let’s think about it together from various angles, search for solutions, and talk about it.

Sachiko Hashimoto
Counselor

My clinical practice has been mainly in the medical field, but I have also done student counseling and parenting support, based on theories and techniques for psychological trauma. Have you ever felt that you could be kind to others when you feel vulnerable and in pain? I believe when trauma has started to cure, further growth follows. There is no distinction between small and large problems. When you feel troubled, it might be an opportunity to meet with us. We are glad to help you, all the students of Hokkaido University, to enrich your life.

Chikako Imai
Counselor

I have been working as a clinical psychologist mainly at medical and educational institutes. When you are a student, you might come across situations where you do not know what the right path to take is, e.g. personal relationships, career options and development, as well as academic accomplishment. Never isolate yourself, but think together with us to find new perspectives.

Accessibility Services Office

Sawako Sakakibara
Director, Accessibility Services Office/Dedicated Counselor

We provide support to all Hokkaido University students so that you can have a fulfilling student life powered by your own ability. If you are unsure and thinking “I wonder if I can ask about this kind of thing…”. Please know that we welcome any kind of inquiry. Contact us anytime.

Rui Kawashima
Coordinator

I have been working as a psychologist in medical (e.g. mental health institutions), welfare (e.g. institutions for children with learning difficulties) and educational (e.g. college student counseling office) fields. I am committed to providing support by myself or as a member of our team so that all students, with or without additional needs, can attain fulfilling learning opportunities. Feel free to contact me.

Susumu Shioya
Coordinator

I have provided consultation support in corporate offices and at a disability welfare institute. When there are social barriers to learning and research in the university, we work with students, faculty, and staff to help them explore options and solutions. Additionally, we provide the resources necessary to achieve these solutions. We understand that you may feel hesitant to ask for help, but I want to start by sincerely listening to each person’s story.

International Student Counseling Office

Harue Ishii, Ph.D., NCC
Director, International Student Counseling Office/Counselor

I am a clinical psychologist and a cat lover. I have extensive clinical experience in cultural adaptation, depression, anxiety, attachment, loss, and trauma treatment. Based mainly on EMDR and the ego-state therapy, I take a holistic approach using image, recognition, emotion and senses. Come and visit us at our center.

Tetsuo “Ted” Sato, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, International Student Counseling Office/Counselor

I used to provide psychotherapy at medical and educational settings. My approach is to help clients understand their concerns and issues through the environment and culture that they have experienced. Cultural adjustment and LGBTQ issues are also my clinical expertise. I lived in the U.S. as an international student for more than 10 years. I’m happy to be your support.

Cui Wang, M.S. 
Counselor

I have worked as a clinical psychologist at university and community settings while providing psychological support to international people staying in Japan. Because I have been in Japan for 10 years as an international student, I know student life is challenging. No matter how big or small your concern is, I will think with you to find solutions to your issues from a different perspective than your family and friends.

Sumire Matsuda
Counselor

I have been providing counselling services in medical and educational fields both in Japan and the US. Based principally on therapies for trauma, I am dedicated to providing counseling to coordinate the mind and body. Drop by anytime to talk even if you do not have any problems.

Chikako Imai
Counselor

I have been working as a clinical psychologist mainly at medical and educational institutes. When you are a student, you might come across situations where you do not know what the right path to take is, e.g. personal relationships, career options and development, as well as academic accomplishment. Never isolate yourself, but think together with us to find new perspectives.

 

Receptionists/Administrative Workers

Minaga, Nosaka, Watanabe, Adachi, Soeta, Asari

We dedicate ourselves to making a welcoming and stress-free reception. Do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email or in person. If you do not know which office you should talk to, just contact us here at the reception.

Become a peer supporter

Hokkaido University takes applications for peer supporters at designated times throughout the year. Peer supporters are paid part-time staff (administrative assistant) of the university. Check out the peer support unit web site or come to the Center for more information.

Thinking about visiting us?

If you would like to make a counseling appointment, please call us, email us, or even just drop by in person. Students with appointments are given priority, so we recommend making an appointment.