I have provided mental and behavioral health counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups for over 25 years dealing with such issues as depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, anger, traumatic stress, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, obsessions and compulsions, relationship conflicts and communication breakdowns, to name a few. During this time, I have also taught public and private classes on various self-improvement topics including self-image psychology, goal setting, visualization, motivation, communication and negotiation, parenting, coaching, stress and anger management, meditation and relaxation. I have worked as an individual and family therapist for years in the community and throughout school districts, an employee assistance counselor, the director of a crisis intervention program, a clinical supervisor and an administrator in a human service agency.
I have had training in Client Centered Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy(External and Internal), Structural Family Therapy, Hypnosis and Neurolinquistic Programming, Strategic Communication, Multicultural Sensitivity, Critical Incident Stress Management, Meditation and various Behavior Modification methodologies, all of which are incorporated into my eclectic and flexible approach to Solution Focused Therapy. My friends, colleagues and several clients have often commented that I have a novel, oddly slanted and somewhat creative “out of the box” way of looking at things. This can work to great advantage for those who may benefit by viewing things from a new and different angle.
I have a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, am a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Hawaii where I currently reside. I am an attentive and thoughtful listener/reader. I draw upon decades of specialized training and applied skills. I view this work as a “heart-centered” practice with the intent of providing not only practical remedies but also a small ray of light and a little touch of inspiration by which you can see your way to a more meaningful life and feel better about yourself in this crazy world.