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”. William James

Everyone has what it takes to meet life’s challenges!  When we have, in our tool belt, appropriate coping strategies and skills, and armed with the pro-active attitude, and support system, one can achieve, to the best of their ability, their desired goals and destination to take on life and achieve overall mental wellness!

In life, one can hold a mosaic of personal and professional ‘titles or roles’ that make them both unique and blissful.  For me, I am a proud Mother; recently widowed (10/26/2017); a Church Choir Director; a Business Owner & CEO of my Practice; Board Member & Team Mom for my son’s football team; the eldest in my family & primary caretaker for my parents; a Chauffeur – daily; and whatever else emerges in the day-to-day functioning of ‘Life’.  As much as I embrace and take pride in the many hats I wear, ‘life’ always happens.  And when it does, meeting life’s challenges with the right tools; attitude and support, is always a good start towards improving one’s circumstances and situations.

I grew up in the infamous public housing in Kuhio Park Terrace (KPT), experiencing and learning from the daily challenges of this often difficult environment. This unique personal perspective grants me the ability and empathy to understand the unique challenges and perceived limitations of those from many socio-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

I firmly believe that trust and a strong therapeutic alliance with patients is the necessary foundation upon which all great change can happen.  In my Practice, I strive to focus on buildingthis level of trust with my patients in a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment that promotes healing and minimize cultural stigma often associated with ‘therapy’.

I specialize in psychotherapy for adults, couples and group, specifically in the areas of depression and anxiety, substance abuse/dependency and dual diagnosis, grief and loss, and domestic violence. My approach to therapy is two-fold:  it is primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective with significant consideration of the person’s biological, psychological and social factors; broad-spectrum.  This holistic approach help me understand each person and assist in their evaluation and individual treatment planning process.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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