I’m kama’aina (born and raised in Hawai’i on the North Shore of O’ahu). I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Creative Writing at the University of Redlands in Southern California. I then graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Counseling degree, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
In providing therapy, I use a combined approach of cognitive-behavioral and experiential therapy to promote growth and change. I also focus heavily on solutions and moving out of a place of feeling “stuck.” Change requires commitment and being open to learning and trying new ways of doing things. Imagine facing life, relationships and challenges in a healthy and confident way. This is what I will teach you to do.
I have also provided trainings in the areas of cognitive restructuring, life skills and Parenting strategies.
I have been trained in the following modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Experiential Therapy, Multi-systemic Therapy (MST), and Family Systems Therapy including Couples and Marital Therapy.
I was a participant in the Field Trial Studies for the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual 5 (DSM-5) and have been featured in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network IMPACT publication, which focuses on historical trauma and multicultural issues in the islands.
Most recently, I have been trained in Collaborative Practice with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
I accept most insurance plans. Morning, daytime and evening hours (M – Th) are offered as well half days on Saturdays. I encourage you to become familiar with me and my website. You can also contact me with any questions.
Come, wala’au (talk story) with me!
My areas of experience and specialty include the following:
- Marital/couples and family dynamics/relationships
- Divorce and custody issues
- Co-Parenting/Collaborative Parenting
- Collaborative Practice
- Parenting Coordination
- Family Court
- Autism and Aspergers
- Anxiety (trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, sexual abuse)
- Behavioral issues
- Faith-based counseling
- Grief and Loss
- Mutli-cultural issues, including the local and Native Hawaiian cultures in Hawai’i
- Supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT Approved Supervisor)