Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
I specialize in clinical psychology, a field which pursues the origin of emotional issues and the form of support for a variety of related problems. In particular, my research focuses on "family therapy." Instead of providing direct support to the individual who is thought to possess psychological issues, family therapy provides support for family and other people (school instructors, coworkers) close to patients. I have conducted practical research and empirical fundamental research related to support for depression, truancy, and social withdrawal.
When facing an issue, we tend to focus solely on the problem at hand. However, problems tend to fluctuate; that is, there are times when problems appear severe and times when problems seem not to exist (or seem relatively minor; the problem seems to be an exception or resolved). Furthermore, in contrast to coping behavior which is not only ineffective but actually exacerbates the problem (negative cycle), there are also coping behaviors which are effective at improving the problem (positive cycle).
Solution focus" is a concept which prioritizes an increase in solutions rather than a decrease in problems. This is achieved by focusing on exceptions, solutions, and positive cycles. In recent years, solution focus is being increasingly used in psychological counseling, education, and child welfare. Moving forward, I will use this perspective to search for a better form of support for families and related parties.