Chiharu Hensely

Certified Professional Counselor
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Counseling Approach/Philosophy of Counseling/Comment for future clients


I was born and raised in Japan, but from the time I was 14, I lived abroad for a total of 13 years in two different countries.

I received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the United States, and have been back in Japan and working as a counselor since 2009. 

My main counseling approach is humanistic, meaning I highly value building trusting relationships with my clients as well as helping them realize their own potentials and make their own choices so that they are able to live as fully as possible.

I will listen to you and ask questions in order to be able to understand your current circumstances and help you make a positive change in your life. I may also ask about your cultural and/or family background as well as past experiences which would be helpful for me to understand you better. In addition, I may incorporate various approaches such as solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, and music therapy into our counseling depending on the nature of your concerns. 

I am looking forward to working with you, and I hope you will find the counseling meaningful and beneficial.

Clinical experience

-Working with JET Programme participants through webmail counseling
-Worked with English-speaking exchange students at a university on concerns ranging from culture shock and adjustment to relationships
-Worked with survivors of domestic violence
-Worked with nursing school students
-Worked with young adults on career-related concerns and improving their social skills

Credentials
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2009

  • Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) since 2012

  • Industrial Counselor (Sangyo 産業 Counselor) since 2013

  • Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) since 2004

Educational Background
  • M.A. in Community Counseling (2009), Eastern Michigan University

  • B.A. in Music Therapy (2004), Eastern Michigan University