Ikegami Mental Health Clinic

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Psychiatric Clinic with a Focus on Psychotherapy

Mental Health Care provided by a certified Jungian psychotherapist and psychiatrist trained in Zurich, Switzerland

In addition to psychiatric healthcare covered by Japanese National Health Insurance or Japanese Social Health Insurance (most patients co-pay 30%), Dr. Ikegami also accepts private clients who wish to undergo serious Jungian psychoanalysis. 

While the core of treatment at our clinic is psychotherapy, most patients are prescribed drugs unless they are particularly averse to taking any medication. 

This is mainly because there are so many drugs that will offer immediate relief from the common symptoms of anxiety, panic, or depression. Psychological interventions are also usually more effective if a patient is not actively struggling with symptoms.  

What sort of Patients Do We Treat?

Those with the following conditions

Anxiety Disorders: These include panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias including agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, etc.

Depression and other Mood Disorders: Depression is one of the most common conditions we see. The pandemic has, not surprisingly, caused a worldwide increase in people with this disorder. 

Schizophrenia and other Psychoses: Dr. Ikegami has spent most of his career working at a psychiatric hospital along with his other roles, and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with these conditions. Some will require hospitalized care and he can help advise patients and their families on whether that may be necessary. 

Dissociative Disorder: This is another condition that can often be mistaken for psychosis or psychopathy. Commonly known as multiple-personality disorder, the media is complicit in overly dramatic and incorrect portrayals of this condition. 

Other conditions are Developmental Disorders: Adult ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) seem to be becoming ever more prevalent. Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia) are debilitating diseases related to self-image, compensating for the loss of control, and in some ways a type of addiction. Gender dysphoria is receiving better recognition and acceptance in today’s society. Somatic Symptom Disorder (Irritable bowel disease, hypertension, chronic headaches, etc.) are often physical manifestations of psychological stress and need to be treated as such.

(Disclaimer: This section is currently under construction and as Dr. Ikegami writes the material, links and explanations will be replaced with his more accurate descriptions)

Unfortunately, we cannot treat children (12 or under), and although we do treat adolescents, we ask that minors under 15 years of age be accompanied by a parent/guardian when they come in.

Patients with various addictive disorders will require hospitalized care which we cannot provide, and so are also outside the scope of the care our clinic can offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S NEW?

 

Influenza vaccinations (flu shots) are still available. 
Monday and Saturday mornings until our stock runs out.

Residents of Osaka Prefecture who are 65 years of age or above, can get immunized for free. Those 60 and above who have issues with heart, kidney, or lung function, or have an HIV infection with compromised immune function (equal to 1-kyu disability) are also eligible.  


For all others, the vaccine is NOT covered by insurance and will cost 3000 yen. Please reserve ahead.

 

The current medical recommendations are to get a flu shot this year to help avoid a double infection with COVID-19.

Please call 06-6391-1556 to make a reservation and PLEASE!

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Welcome to Ikegami Mental Health Clinic.

 

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on everyone. Calm, even-keeled people who can ordinarily overcome most challenges, are now having meltdowns over minor things and they can’t figure out why.

 

Japan is a hard country to navigate even in the best of times. Despite everything you love about this country, there are negative aspects that can be tough to ignore.  It’s easy to feel isolated and misunderstood…and often unheard, even when it seems you’re begging for someone to pay attention. 

Usually, you can take a step back and get yourself into gear. But sometimes, you can’t. That’s what we’re here for. 

A recent census in the US has shown that nearly half of the population is showing signs of anxiety (panic attacks and other disorders) and/or depression. 

I haven’t seen numbers for Japan, but assume they must at least be similar. 

 

So, if you are experiencing anxiety or sleeplessness or other worrying symptoms (memory loss, inability to function or concentrate, mood swings, depression, etc.), know you have plenty of company. And there’s no need to worry all alone. Feel free to call us for an appointment at 06-6391-1556 during our clinic hours (see above) or use our contact form below. 

 

To protect everyone from infection, we do ask that if you have had a fever or are experiencing any cold-like symptoms (dry cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, taste and smell disturbances.), to please call before coming to the clinic.

Meet The Doctor

Dr. Tsukasa Ikegami

Dr. Tsukasa Ikegami, MD, is a certified Jungian psychoanalyst and psychiatrist trained at the renowned CG Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.

 While Dr. Ikegami does speak English fairly well, free interpretation services between Japanese and English can be arranged by appointment. 

Use the contact form below to place a request when you reserve. 

Dr. Ikegami's Bio

Dr. Tsukasa Ikegami graduated from Kyoto University in 1984 and after training at the Department of Psychiatry at Kyoto University Hospital for several years, he became a staff psychiatrist at Sakamoto Hospital in Higashi-Osaka. He was responsible for the care of patients with both acute and chronic mental illnesses, with a major focus on those with schizophrenia. 

Having been taken with dynamic psychotherapy from early on in his career, he began training analysis with Dr. Takao Oda who was the first psychiatrist in Japan to become a Jungian psychoanalyst. After several years of analysis, Dr. Ikegami went abroad to study at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich. 

He spent many hours in training analyses with various Jungian analysts and received their supervision in cases undertaken during the program. 

Dr. Ikegami received his diploma and returned to Japan where he began a counseling-based practice in Ashiya, Japan in 2002 while continuing his psychiatric work at various medical institutions. 

Fast-forward 17 years, and Dr. Ikegami became the director of the renamed Hirai-Ikegami (or HI for short) Clinic in April, 2018. However it soon became apparent that the clinical chasm between the two doctors was too broad to ever be resolved, which led to the decision to consolidate his Ashiya practice with a new clinic in Higashimikuni, Osaka where he could continue to see his patients from HI clinic. Thus, Ikegami Mental Health Clinic opened on April 1st, 2020.

Despite amazing advances in drug development, many conditions cannot be cured by pharmacotherapy alone. Communication with a highly qualified professional therapist in a safe environment may often be the best way to bolster a person’s natural coping mechanisms against stress in today’s too busy and too connected, but not really, world

Contact Us
Located near Shin-Osaka STATION (Bullet-Train & JR STATION), and just 1 minute from the North exit of Higashimikuni-station on the Midosuji-Subway Line.

Dr. Ikegami sees patients between 9:30 AM through 12:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (we’re open later until around 3:30 to 4PM on Saturdays).  
We’re also open in the afternoon/evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
Wednesdays we start at 2:30 PM, Mondays and Fridays at 3:30 PM until 7PM in the evenings. 
There’s been a surge in patients due to the stress from the pandemic and associated lockdown. 
Please call to check for availability and to book an appointment.

Dr. Ikegami is also available for private counseling/psychoanalysis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday afternoons.

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〒532-0002
5-1-3 Higashimikuni, Yodogawa-KU, Osaka-SHI, KUKAWA BLDG. 5th FLOOR

(Yes, there is an Elevator so it is WHEELCHAIR-Friendly)



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