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LivFull Blog for mental health service users, professionals or those with an interest in psychology, mental health and neurodiversity - bringing all together
Meeting new people,
Getting to know people and
Hearing their stories.
Supporting and Empowering.
Learning – about psychology, the brain, people; about You and Me.
After working at some services here and there, and studying at some institutes there and here, I ended up here in Japan. Okay, this sounded like it was a linear upwards journey, ending with moving to Japan. This is far from the truth, and my journey is far from ending. The journey thus far has taken more than 10 years with many challenges and failures but also successes!
Working in Mental Health in Japan was confusing and anxiety-provoking as I did not know much (and I only speak conversational Japanese). Yet, it has been incredibly exciting and stimulating as I became more familiar with how things work. I learned soon that there was a big need for psychological support for the English-speaking community, particularly for individuals with neurodiverse needs.
So here I am, starting this service to reach out and support people – my journey is just beginning…!
So, what is my approach to psychotherapy?
My clinical work adheres to national and international guidelines (e.g., NICE, WHO) and is informed by the up-to-date evidence base. I take an integrative approach to therapy. This means that I bring together ideas from different psychological models (e.g., solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, applied behavioural and systemic) to get a holistic understanding of the client. In other words, I try to look at and understand the whole person to better tailor to individual needs. This is a person-centred approach.
Beyond the models, however, I aim to create a safe and non-judgmental space to establish a positive therapeutic relationship with my client. Within this space, trust, empathy, honesty and transparency are natural and expected. I hope, and believe, that this lets my client feel encouraged to share their personal stories, including their happy, sad and scary feelings, thoughts and experiences. This allows me to bring out the inherent strengths within my client to enable meaningful lives.
What I Enjoy Most About Being a Psychologist
As a Clinical Psychologist, I also take an active interest in applied research and learning about new perspectives and ideas. Generally, I am interested in positive psychological adjustment to chronic health conditions. Specifically, my interest is, of course, in adjustment to neurological conditions and neurodevelopment (or neurodiversity). Neurodiversity is commonly associated with psychological distress or mental health difficulties. Yet, we have to recognise the inherent strengths and abilities of neurodiversity people. This includes responding to adversity in ways that are growth-facilitating and contributing in incredible and valuable ways to their community.
For me, exploring, acknowledging, identifying and highlighting these responses, strengths and abilities in interventions are essential in finding meaning in life and improving quality of life.
I am therefore interested in investigating the practical application of positive factors associated with psychological adjustment to psychosocial interventions.
I find joy in meeting people from different backgrounds and listening to their stories. In particular, I see it as a privilege to be part of their journey of life enhancement, self-growth or well-being. My skills and interests lean towards a psychological approach to support this. It is very exciting to collaboratively make sense of my client's psychological processes whilst addressing ways in which they wish to lead their life.
So, is Psychology (and the brain) the only thing I spend my time on?
Coming from a multicultural background, I seek to learn about and experience different cultures. And I’m not only referring to the cultures we see in different geographical areas or societies, but also within families and smaller systems.
There is so much to gain from this – you can find wonderful ways of being and doing things, which can enrich your life. You find ways of being or acting that you did not know existed or that you needed!
I enjoy sports and physical activities - which not only keep me healthy but have also been a good way of connecting with people.
Lately, I am making up many (pretty good) excuses for myself that I do not have time to exercise…
A wonderful hobby I have developed over the last several years, or so, is computer gaming. Gaming is not only a form of storytelling but has also opened a whole new venue for communicating and connecting with people.
If you've made it this far... Thank You!
Seriously, I deeply appreciate the connections that I make and feel privileged to be able to do the work that I am doing in the way that I want to.
One of my aims is to increase access to mental health services here in Japan. So, if you are in a similar situation as me and wish to move here (or somewhere else) but do not know where to start, do not hesitate to reach out - firstname.lastname@example.org! You can also subscribe below to my blog as I will start writing more about how to work as a mental health professional in Japan.
If you're looking for someone to talk to about tough life events (past, current, future) or struggling with difficult emotions or thoughts, feel free to reach out to see how I can help you or navigate you to the right place!
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Maybe I'll see you around!
Hi, I’m Karan Sahar!
I offer high-quality and person-centred online psychotherapy, counselling and parent training.
I have had the privilege to work at and offer my skills to notable UK hospitals, services, and educational institutions, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, The Disabilities Trust, and Anna Freud Centre. I support individuals and families with a range of mental and physical health difficulties, though I have a special interest in neuropsychology and neurodevelopment. Well… actually, I’m known to be a ‘little’ obsessed with the brain. I mean come on; this thing is absolutely ridiculous and amazing and mysterious and endless, and… ah right my introduction blog!
My journey to psychology, mental health and LivFull Psychology
As a teen, I took a psychology course in high school and thought the stuff Sigmund Freud, BF Skinner, Donald Broadbent, Carl Rogers and many more wrote about was utterly fascinating and ridiculous! It was a few years later at university that my love (obsession?) for neuropsychology really started.
And as I continued to explore different aspects of psychology, I realised that I enjoyed