I am so glad you are here! I want you to know this right away:
You are worth it, no matter what you are thinking, feeling or going through!
I truly believe what is stated by this quote from William James:
“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
In other words: Not one of us is ever a “lost cause”!
Each one of us has what it takes to survive and thrive, despite the toughest of life’s challenges. We can be happy, meet our goals, and move forward toward our chosen destination. At times, we need to know that help is available to aid us in creating a tool belt of coping skills and a healthy support system.
“I am not only saying this from a professional perspective as a Clinical Psychologist but also from extensive personal experience with life challenges. I grew up in public housing (Kuhio Park Terrace, a.k.a. KPT) in Kalihi. We were dirt poor, and both my parents slaved two jobs to provide for me and my siblings. I often felt lost, confused and frustrated with the ambiguous concept of “getting by,” because, as a child, I rarely experienced the privileges afforded to others. There were many times where I’ve wanted to give up! However, it was my internal strength, my unbreakable will, and my faith that kept me focused and moving to the place I am today — still steadfast and grounded. In 2017, I experienced a great personal loss when I lost my husband and life partner of 30 years to lung cancer.This and many other life experiences have tremendously enhanced my approach to helping individuals rediscover and reconnect with the core of our humanness, the BASICS of Life that we all need: being Loved, Acknowledged, Respected, and Recognized for our inherent Worthiness.”
I embrace and take pride in the many hats I wear. I am a business owner and CEO of my therapy practice; a busy Mom of 2 active teenage boys (and Team Manager for my son’s football team); primary caretaker for my parents; a choir director at our church parish; and a daily chauffeur for my two boys with a hefty to-do list to match! You can trust that I am “walking the talk” in my own life, and that I can empathize with your struggles. Because of it, I will gently challenge you with the same expectations I hold for myself — of showing up with the right attitude and taking advantage of all the tools it takes to create a life worth living.
As a therapist, my approach is dynamic, spontaneous, and no-nonsense but also compassionate and inspiring. I create an environment in my practice that feels safe, non-judgmental, and spiritually friendly. My Catholic/Christian faith is important to me, and there may be times in our therapeutic work when we mutually agree to incorporate faith aspects when appropriate, but only with your permission.
It is a sign of great courage to seek help moving toward the life you want. I honor your inner knowing that now is the right time to reach out and explore what therapy can do for you. Call me today to get started on the path to creating a better life that you deserve!
A note on accessibility: My office in the Pearlridge Shopping Center (Aiea) is ADA accessible, right on the busline to both East and West locations, and has ample parking nearby.