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Joachin Kaaihue, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes ADHD
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About me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Hawaii with 14 years of professional experience. Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals of all ages, from young children as young as five years old to middle school-aged children (i.e., 11 - 14 years old), adolescents (i.e., 14 - 19 years old), and adults of various ages. I have worked in the helping profession, in one capacity or another, since 1996. I have worked in both private (non-profit) and public settings.

“The Conversation” in Sessions

I firmly believe in " the conversation" and, in my way, demystifying the counseling/therapy session while acknowledging the client's individual experience. The hope is to provide a non-judgmental, honest, virtual environment for the client to share their story. Here in Hawaii, we refer to the "conversation" as a "talking story." YOU (the client) are the expert on your life story, and whether you know it or not, YOU (the client) possess the strengths that will assist you in overcoming your present challenges--I am here to help.

My "Systemic Perspective”

My specific license (i.e., Marriage and Family Therapist) may suggest I exclusively work with marital couples and families. Most of my experience is with providing counseling/therapy to individuals. I review an individual's case and what brought them to counseling/therapy through a "systemic" perspective. A "systemic" perspective refers to the individual's relationship with others in different aspects of their life, i.e., work, family, social, and personal life, and the possible influence it may have on that individual's current attitudes, habits, and behaviors. The "systemic" perspective may appear broad on the surface; however, it is just the starting point or what I refer to as a "blank canvas” for an individual to fill with their personal experiences during sessions.

The Approach and Process in Sessions

During my counseling/therapy sessions, I aim to create a dynamic process of sharing, exploration, and learning. I adopt a strength-based and pragmatic approach that focuses on identifying general themes and specific details behind the client's current situation that initially brought them to counseling/therapy. This initial process of sharing includes the client telling their story relative to their "presenting concern(s) and possibly conveying their ideal and realistic outcomes. The primary goal is to develop relative goals and direction for future sessions by identifying "exceptions" or instances within the client's life where their "presenting concern(s)" did or did not occur. Clients may need to recall specific details of these occurrences, such as the people involved, location, time of day, and period in their lives (past, present, or future), which can sometimes be a challenging and emotional experience. If a specific memory becomes especially difficult, the client may want to take a break, stop altogether, or shift the conversation to another topic--the client decides when they are ready to talk about a particular situation.

Assignments and Resources

The BetterHelp platform provides resources such as worksheets, access to and use of an online journal, and, in some cases, informational videos. I understand that people have their daily lives and that their time is at a premium; therefore, rest assured, I am judicious regarding worksheet assignments, whether they are requested to be completed or just reviewed. If clients feel comfortable doing so, I recommend using the journal function if they are inclined to do so.

The first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage, a level of commitment, and a willingness to explore the unfamiliar. I and other therapists on this platform are here to support you in this process.

Professional experience

14yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes ADHD

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Multicultural Concerns

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Joachin Kaaihue. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

At this time, I have only had one session with Joachim, however so far so good. I found him to very helpful and insightful and I am looking forward to our next session. This is coming from a guy who did not want to go into therapy.

Written on May 17, 2024 after therapy with Joachin for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Mr. Joachin is absolutely amazing. It feels like I’m venting to a close friend or family member. I feel very safe and heard. His emotional intelligence is exceptional.

Written on May 16, 2024 after therapy with Joachin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

I sincerely appreciate his focus and opportunity to let the conversation turn into more

Written on Apr 11, 2024 after therapy with Joachin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Professional and approachable, listens and offers solutions and exercises to implement after each session.

Written on Apr 08, 2024 after therapy with Joachin for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Joachin is very kind and listens intently. I’m very grateful to have him as a therapist. He seems to really want to help in solving problems by coming up with solutions. Highly recommend!

Written on Mar 02, 2024 after therapy with Joachin for 2 weeks