I believe the way we learned how to cope and survive while we were young, may not be the way we wish to live our lives. I seek to understand your past coping, build upon your internal resources and provide you a safe container to be seen, to be heard and to express your most authentic self. I am trained in Eye-movement desensitization reprocessing, (EMDR) and I use other evidenced based practices such as Cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT) and Attachment Theory; to address the underlying emotions and needs which are contributing to difficulties in the present.
*FORMAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hawaii Pacific University in 2015; and my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2011. My graduate program took a scientist practitioner model of training in psychology- Emphasizing evidenced based practice, ethical and cultural competence and development across the lifespan. Course work focused on: Theory, methods and skill; as well as continuous training on assessment, diagnosis and interventions.
While completing my graduate program I received additional clinical experience from my internship at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hi. In this role, I provided services to adults with co-occurring disorders- Learning about the relationship between substance use and mental health symptoms; and applying integrated treatment models to address current needs. Since graduating I have held various positions in the mental health field; all of which have provided me opportunities to work with different ages, needs and barriers. Some of my roles included: Serving on an Assertive Community Treatment team- Providing services to adults with chronic mental illness and functional impairments. Working in a residential treatment facility- Providing services to adolescents with substance use and mental health related diagnosis; as well as traditional outpatient settings- Where I have worked with adolescents, adults and families. Throughout this work I have received ongoing support/ guidance from my clinical supervisor, mentors and colleagues. I continue to deepen my knowledge in EMDR through ongoing consultation.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
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