Akira Otani, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist, is an international consultant with more than 30 years of clinical and consulting experience. After serving on the graduate faculty at Johns Hopkins University and senior staff psychologist at University of Maryland Counseling Center for 25 years he became an independent practitioner in 2008. He has since published 3 books in Japanese, including two best-sellers on counseling skills and mindfulness, while consulting with corporations both in U.S. and in Japan. His approach is solidly based on multicultural and holistic principles. He holds a doctoral degree from West Virginia University.