Morita Therapy

Shinrin Yoku & Kaizen

Eastern Approaches to Therapy

"Japanese approaches to psychological treatment"

I currently hold certification through the ToDo Institute of Middleberry, Vermont in the practice of both naikan and Morita therapies. Each form offers a uniquely different approach to therapy as compared to Traditional Western psychotherapy. Naikan means to look within and Morita therapy is mostly focused on addressing anxiety and is named after it's creator, Shoma Morita, MD.

Gregg Krech of the ToDo Institute refers to naikan therpy as "The Japanese Art of Self Reflection". The practice of naikan, which stems from Zen Buddhism, was developed in the earlier part of the last century by a devout Japanese Buddhist practitioner named Ishin Yoshimoto.

Through his experience with the strict meditative practice known as Mishirabe, Yoshimoto developed a nonsecular version so as to offer it to those looking for change, but who hadn't necessarily shared his personal spiritual belief system.Today, naikan is practiced internationally, with around 40 naikan centers in Japan, and just a handful found around the rest of the world.

The following link will take you to my professional website on naikan therapy. There you will find more information on naikan therapy, how it can help you, how it differs from Traditional psychotherapy, and give you information on scheduling.

Shoma Morita, the developer of this indigenous Japanese approach to helping those with anxiety was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud in the earlier part of the 20th century.

Understanding that Freud's approach to psychological suffering, anxiety, and neurosis didn't necessarily address beliefs from an Eastern philosophical standpoit, Dr. Morita developed an approach to treatment that also took into account the cultural aspects of an Eastern nature.

A Morita therapist is known as being "action-centered", unlike the traditional Western therapist that generally puts emphasis on a "feeling-centered" approach to therapy.

The following are basic Morita principles which illustrate the differences between Eastern and Western approaches to therapy.

Principle 1. Feelings are not controllable by the will.

Principle 2. Feelings must be recognized/accepted as they are.

Principle 3. Every feeling, however unpleasant, has its uses.

Principle 4. Feelings fade in time unless they are re-stimulated.

Principle 5. Feelings can be indirectly influenced by behavior.

To learn more, click the following link.

Please speak with me if you are interested in talking further about the use of Morita Therapy in the treatment of anxiety.

Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" Although the formal practice was developed in Japan during the 1980s, the use of nature in healing has been used for the duration of human history. Shinrin-yoku has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world. I combine this method along with other complimentary Eastern and Western approaches to help facilitate change within yourself. 

Once you have identified your goals, how do you make sure that you achieve them? They can seem overwhelming at times, and we can become discouraged, because of lacking specific goal- achieving techniques, as well as not managing our “Inner critic” successfully.

How does Kaizen work? Low key change helps our minds get around the fear of change, which can stop us from being creative and reaching success.

When you are learning to drive, you find somewhere safe to practice as you slowly build up your confidence in managing the different parts of the car and trying out its equipment. Then you can build up ability, by driving for a few minutes at a time until you reach your first driving lesson and then become a competent driver. Any goal can be achieved in the same way if it is taken very slowly and steadily.