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I am licensed in Hawaii as a Mental Health Counselor (MHC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and hold a master's degree in Counselor Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. I began working in the mental health field in 2007.
I believe the key to counseling is in developing a trusting relationship where people feel safe and respected. I help individuals identify what behaviors they engage in that are helpful and which behaviors they would like to change. I use cognitive behavior and mindfulness strategies to help individuals learn how to notice their automatic thoughts and emotions without judgement allowing them to take a step back and unpack their state of being. I aim to help individuals learn to accept and feel compassion for themselves so that they can set goals with clarity and move through life with purpose.
I have worked in many settings since beginning in the counseling field including: Inpatient treatment for teens, group homes for adults, community support for young adults in the justice system, and school based behavioral health. I believe all individuals have the capacity to improve their quality of life from where they currently stand no matter the circumstances. As your therapist I aim to be that person who helps you see the path and supports you in taking steps forward. I firmly believe that small steps taken one at a time generates a momentum that makes reaching goals and fulfilling dreams feel attainable.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Life Purpose, Self-Love
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
HI LMHC MHC-527
Kerri is exceptional
Written on Jul 23, 2022 after therapy with Kerri for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and coaching
I like Better Help, but not the app. It constantly keeps asking me to log in and I do not like the new video system.
Written on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Kerri for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Kerri is my biggest cheerleader but also helps me see myself from a new perspective. She’s a wonderful listener and advocate. She’s helped me through a very isolating time. I am so fortunate to have found her.
Written on Apr 04, 2021 after therapy with Kerri for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
I was, and currently am going through a very dark time with the passing of someone very close to me. I am feeling overwhelmed with strong emotions and having Kerri to talk to and guide me during this time is a relief. I can reach out at anytime with a text message if I am struggling or I can make an appointment over the phone or video chat. I am so glad that I got help and I am not doing this alone. Kerri is calm and patient and I feel comfortable with her. She helps me to "walk through" complicated and intense feelings. She has been a great help to me these past few weeks.
Written on Jul 02, 2020 after therapy with Kerri for 3 weeks on issues concerning grief
Absolutely amazing councilor! She has helped me get through so much and I wouldn’t be where I am without her. 10/10 recommend!
Written on Jun 27, 2020 after therapy with Kerri for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
I’ve been struggling for over a decade and had lost hope in therapy. Until I started working with Kerri on my problems. She is kind and enthusiastic, and I really feel like I can open myself up to her. I’m really glad I have her support.
Written on May 30, 2020 after therapy with Kerri for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem