I spend my time between Okinawa, Japan and San Francisco conducting cross-cultural and mental health research, while I complete the remainder of my mental health internship hours. I hold a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California, and a B.S. in Business Finance from California Lutheran University.
I lived in Japan for 5 years, first as a military contractor, then as an English teacher, and then back, as a military contractor. Though I lived for some time on mainland Japan, the majority of my time was spent in Okinawa. My transition to Japan was fun and exciting, but being an expatriate in Japan brought with it some major challenges: dealing with feelings of isolation; swinging back and forth from over-idealizing Japanese culture to hating it (and doing the same for my home, American culture); culture shock and reverse culture shock; cultural identity issues; relationship and professional identity challenges. I also experienced the massive stigma toward mental health services in Japan, and saw a huge need for services for the expatriate community. My goal is to bring more resources to the expatriate community in Japan.
My research focuses on on parenting, child-development, and expatriate men issues. I also focus on cross-cultural studies, particularly comparing American and Japanese culture.
My goal is to share the information I have worked hard to gather regarding parenting and expatriate psychology in the form of psychoeducational webinars and workshops. My studies and experience working with others has had a huge, positive influence in my life, and I hope it can help you too.
– Brian O’Sullivan, M.S.