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Counsellor / Psychotherapist accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy




Background and Qualifications

Lil Wills, Pychotherapy Counselor in Kobe, Japan

Lil Wills

BA, DipCouns,

Registered Member MBACP Accred. (No. 599444)

A native British woman, I trained and practiced as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and in child and family work in the UK before moving to Japan.

Registered Accredited Counsellor BACP

Qualifications and Experience

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and registered on the BACP Register which has been set up as the UK moves towards statutory regulation). I am also an associate member of International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ) and a member of IMHPJ's Board of Directors. I work within the ethical frameworks/guidelines and annual re-accreditation requirements of all these organisations.

I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor for adults in Britain (Dip Couns, Braintree College), based on a grounding in a range of methods (person-centred, CBT, psychodynamic) followed by in depth study in a relational psychodynamic and attachment model. Since then I have undertaken further training and studies to work with children and families (including play therapy and systemic family support techniques) and to deepen my skills in a wide range of areas, such as studying how current neuroscience can be applied in psychotherapy and counselling, particularly with regards to trauma and memory, and deepening my knowledge of inter-cultural issues in counselling.

Alongside counselling in private practice with clients from all kinds of backgrounds suffering from depression, anxiety, general life problems, relationship difficulties and so on, I worked for charities (NPOs) in the UK for nearly 10 years as my main employment, primarily in child and family work and organisations offering therapy and other services for adult and child survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. In central London I worked extensively with refugees and migrants from all over the world, specialising in bi-cultural children and teenagers and supporting disadvantaged families to find solutions to child protection and other issues avoiding the need for social services intervention. I also worked to improve public and voluntary services as the representative of the voluntary sector on Westminster's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) steering board, organised a voluntary-statutory conference on child mental health ('Mind the Gap') and worked on the development of an open-access young people's counselling service in Westminster. In my then home town I was a counsellor, trainer and director of the award-winning small charity CARA (Colchester Action on Rape and Abuse www.cara.org.uk), which I was involved with for 7 years. Since living in Japan, I have been working in private practice, in partnership with international schools and supporting voluntary organisations. I am also a former member of the Board of Directors of International Mental health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ) and remain an active member. Outside of counselling I also work in translation, English publishing, and teaching.


I have developed particular expertise with working with the traumatic effects of abuse, violence and difficult childhood circumstances, relationship difficulties, family/child-related issues, domestic violence, and issues related to sexuality, as well as cultural differences and issues linked to migration and bi-cultural families. I also have an interest not only in helping people navigate through immediate crises or severe issues but enabling people who feel stuck or frustrated to develop the full potential of their lives.

I specialise in relational and attachment-related therapy for which works well for adults who find themselves suffering from a range of difficulties, bringing in other techniques as required. Play therapy is added to this understanding to work with children who are experiencing difficulties.

In Japan, I have been working in private practice on similar issues, particularly cultural adjustment (in both directions) and family relationships between Japanese and non-Japanese couples, as well as resident non-Japanese. I also work with emotional issues in an international school, offer training and work with community groups (for migrant women and domestic violence and also issues related to sexuality and gender identity) and am looking to set up a community project of my own.

I am fairly fluent in Japanese (spoken and written) but do not yet have the depth of vocabulary to offer counselling in Japanese.

Please see Counselling Approach, Therapeutic Play, and FAQs for more details of how I work and my specialities.


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