Japanese Parenting Style – And Differences from the West

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Expats and foreigners visiting Japan are often surprised by how Japanese kids act; Westerners commonly report things like, less fuss, more mature behavior and greater self-sufficiency, than the kids in their home countries.  And, for the number of foreigners making these kinds of observations, there are usually just as many theories as to why Japanese kids are the way they … Read More

Regret Moving to Japan (What Now?)

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Regretting your move to Japan is an uncomfortable position to be in. Though it can be a helpful emotion, it can easily turn into a way to beat ourselves up, leaving us feeling defeated and worthless, and more likely to make decisions we’re unhappy with. In this article, I’ll go over what regret is, how to tell if your regret … Read More

Adjusting to Life in Japan (and Staying Mentally Well)

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Moving to Japan is one of the biggest transitions you’ll make in your lifetime and adjusting to life here is far from quick and easy. However, with an open mind, some research, trial and error, and patience, your experience in Japan will be a positive one. In this article, I’ll address what culture shock is, some examples of culture shock … Read More

Should I leave Japan? Things to Consider

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Debating whether or not to leave Japan is never a comfortable place to be, mentally. And the longer you’ve been in Japan, the more difficult it can be to decide. Either way, it’s a decision that can be difficult to sort through. The internal debate causes many types of emotions: Excitement about what’s waiting back home Uncertainty about what’s waiting … Read More