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 include: 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; and Somatic Symptom Disorder (Irritable bowel disease, hypertension, chronic headaches, etc.) are often physical manifestations of psychological stress and need to be treated as such.
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.
Calm, even-keeled people who can ordinarily overcome most challenges, are now having meltdowns over minor things and they can’t figure out why.
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. 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, 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
Dr. Ikegami sees patients between 9:30 AM through 12:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (we’re open until around 3:30 to 4PM on Saturdays).
Afternoon/evening hours are also available 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.