We have all seen those movies that portray psychotherapists as very cold, authoritarian, intense, constantly taking notes while remaining very formal, almost rigid. I, on the contrary, believe that therapy should be a positive experience, an environment full of kindness, empathy, collaboration, and active listening. That most reflects my style.
During the pandemic, unfortunately, several of my clients lost their health insurance. It was yet another heartbreaking reminder of how unaffordable access to healthcare can sometimes be. In order to alleviate the problem at that time, and assure that my clients could continue to have the therapy they needed, I offered my services for free to them. I am aware that me sometimes volunteering therapy hours cannot solve a much bigger, systemic issue of sometimes inaccessible and unaffordable healthcare, which I think to be the big barrier to seeking out care. However, if you are reading this and are concerned about affording therapy, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I would like to point out several components of a successful therapeutic relationship that I believe are the most important. First one is Trust, as a foundation for moving forward. Second is Mutual Respect that is crucial for optimal collaboration. Third is Judgement-free zone, since the presence of judgement could negatively affect both trust and respect, and impede any progress.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
HI, LMHC, MHC-815
I started out working in the field of behavioral health as a behavioral interventionist prior to my Masters degree, which hugely helped me prepare for my plans to become a Therapist. After my Masters degree in Psychology, I began working with clients in Hawaii, using my counseling skills and supervision to help them with a variety of concerns. During the pandemic, I had an opportunity to volunteer some of my time to my patients who had lost their insurance. Helping others continues to be my way of contributing to the community. My style is eclectic since we are all unique and deserve the most individualized care possible. When starting a treatment plan for a client, I most often utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, or Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I am also dedicated to being a culturally responsive provider, an anti-ableism advocate, and an LGBTQ+ affirming provider. In addition to this, I am an APA member of the Society for the Psychology of Women. All of those aspects listed (and much more) are something I continuously put effort into, so to gain more knowledge and training. Currently, I am advancing my education into the field of Business Psychology, specifically in the field of burnout.
Remote Therapy - serving Hawaii, HI