Aloha and Welcome,
I started the journey to become a therapist later in life. I went back to school for my graduate degree after raising my three children and my youngest child started college. I understand the challenges, hard work and sacrifices that making a big transition later in life means. I could never have accomplished this journey without the loving support of my husband of 32 years, three children and encouraging co-workers and beautiful friends. I am truly blessed and grateful.
Along with joy and happiness, we will also experience grief, loss, fear, anger and disappointment. Suffering and deep grief are inevitable for all of us. I have been fortunate to have loving and compassionate companions in my life to help me move through the tough and joyful experiences in life. I am here for you to consider that I can be that person to journey with you.
I have lived in Washington state for the past 20+ years. I was born and raised in Hawaii and I am part-Hawaiian. Being multiethnic and raised in the multiculture land that is Hawaii, I bring a different perspective that you may find to be helpful as you explore your current ways of thinking, behaving and Being. I welcome you to contact me to explore working together.
As a licensed marriage and family therapy associate, my work is supervised by Dr. Ethan Schwab, PhD, in order to provide you with the best care and support possible.
As a Native Hawaiian woman, the meaning of Aloha that I share here on this page is a tribute to my ancestors and family. The meaning of "Aloha";
A = Akahai, meaning kindness, expressed as tenderness
L = Lokahi, meaning unity, expressed as harmony
O = Olu'olu, meaning agreeable, expressed as being pleasant
H = Ha'aha'a, meaning humility, expressed as modesty
A = Ahonui, meaning patience, expressed as perservance
As your therapist, I bring these qualities to the therapeutic relationship. I meet you where you are at the present moment. My style of therapy integrates a systems framework with different therapy models that will best fit your situation, needs and goals. My experience includes working with individuals, couples and families. I am trained in grief and loss work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
- M.A. 2016 Couple and Family Therapy, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
- B.S. 1994 Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) MG60670455
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy