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Takeshi TAMURA, M.D., Vice President of AAFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He retired from 19 years of professorship at Tokyo Gakugei University to start his private practice in central Tokyo in 2011.

Takeshi Tamura, MD

Takeshi Tamura, MD, was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He spent a year in the USA as an American Field Service (AFS) high school exchange student. After completing medical school and PhD at the University of Tsukuba, he stayed in London for three years for his family therapy training at the Tavistock Clinic, Institute of Family Therapy, and Birkbeck College, University of London. He published an article in Family Process which contrast difference and similarity of family and family therapy in the East and the West. He is a gender sensitive therapist from men’s perspective. He specializes in adolescent issues especially Hikikomori (social withdrawal), which has been a widespread phenomenon in Japanese families in the past 20 years. 

important appointments
  • Vice President, Japanese Association of Family Therapy (JAFT)

  • Head of International Committee, JAFT

  • Board of Directors, International Family Therapy Association

  • International member, American Family Therapy Academy

  • Tamura T., Lee W.Y., Cheng V. (2017). Asian Academy of Family Therapy. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham

  • Tamura, T. and Lau, A. (1992). Connectedness Versus Separateness: Applicability of Family Therapy to Japanese Families. Family Process, 31: 319-340. doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.1992.00319.x

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