Thank you for visiting our website. My name is Hironori Kuga, and as of April 1, 2021, I have been appointed as the third director of the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Research at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry. I am sure that there are many reasons why you have come to this website, and I hope that I can help each of you to live the life you desire.
Cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy are psychotherapies that have been proven effective in treating mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. In addition to individual therapy, cognitive therapy is also available for groups and families. Recently, the scope of application of cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy has been expanding greatly, as the skills of cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy are being utilized in areas other than medical care, such as mental health in the community and work areas, and in areas related to the judiciary and education.
In response to this trend, the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Research was established in April 2011 within the National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry, a national center.
Its objectives are to
(1) To provide cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and to support and collaborate with activities in various fields using these therapies.
(2) Clinical research on cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy
(3) Development of human resources in various fields who can implement cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy
We are currently suffering from an unprecedented disaster caused by a new coronavirus infection that broke out at the end of the first year of REIWA. Under the circumstances of sustained and compounded unprecedented stress, there are concerns about the impact on mental health and the increased risk of suicide. As mental health becomes a national issue, we believe that our center has a very important role to play. All of us at the Center strive to fulfill our role with your cooperation. We appreciate your guidance and support.
Hironori Kuga Director, National Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Research