About Me

Aloha! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Hawai'i. By taking the first step of being open to pursuing counseling, you have already displayed your strength, courage, and motivation in addressing your struggles. Therapy is a safe and confidential space where you can explore your inner life without judgment or shame. I offer a practical, no-nonsense approach to addressing your presenting concerns. I focus on a strengths-based model, which includes building a therapeutic alliance. You, as the client, determine the issues and direction to be worked on in our sessions. Together we will work to identify and build upon your strengths to increase your ability to cope and heal. Nobody knows you better than yourself, and collaboratively we can develop your insight and resilience to shape the emotional and spiritual life you desire.

Working in the counseling field since 2012, I have experience working in multi-cultural communities as well as addressing issues of addiction, trauma, anxiety, grief, and co-dependency. My clinical experience and training also include working with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW ##4428 (Expires: 2022-06-30)


Reviews

Written by K.R. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling with Nina for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Nina is such a great listener! She is a very helpful, kind and thoughtful counselor. I really appreciated her advice when I was going through various ups and downs last year.

Written by E.R. on Dec 16, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Very helpful and knowledgeable. Nina listens and is nonjudgmental. So grateful for her guidance and support!

Written by M.I. on Dec 16, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Nina is amazing to work with! Her attitude and professionalism are extremely refreshing, and I look forward to every session! I always feel like my thoughts are acknowledged and considered. At times she was my only support this past year. And I am deeply grateful for her insights and encouragement. Like others on here, I highly recommend Nina if you want someone who is going to keep it real and actually push you to meet your goals.

Written by G.R. on Nov 19, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Nina is a caring, insightful, friendly counselor. I feel so grateful to have her by my side. I can truly trust her and have had such incredible improvements in my life since I started seeing her. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Written by M.A. on Nov 11, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

She is a fantastic therapist. Really easy to talk to, empathetic, supportive. She is a great listener, and gave me good insights and tools to get through the rough times. I am grateful for her help and would recommend to others. Thank you!

Written by C.L. on Sep 24, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

She is very caring and understanding. She is an amazing therapist.

Written by M.I. on Sep 24, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

I was really nervous, still am, but Nina is very supportive for a first time therapy user. She’s not pushy and allows me to talk without interruption, yet when she picks up on certain things asks questions to delve further. In just 2 sessions, despite not completely focusing on the reasons for the therapy, with her help I’ve already picked up on things that I may not have thought of before in a quest to understand myself better

Written by A.N. on Sep 21, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Nina is incredible! I am so thankful I've had her guidance as I navigate my broken marriage. She is supportive, insightful and helps me make sure that I am taking care of myself. It's easy to get lost in this process of heartache, lifestyle changes and grieving. My calls with Nina are something I look forward to every week and I always feel better afterward. She's a safe, non-judgemental space where I can share freely, break down and work through the really hard things I'm facing.

Written by C.O. on Jun 29, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Great listener, great advice!

Written by K.A. on Jun 21, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I feel very lucky to have Nina as a counselor. She is very professional, great at listening, kind, smart and authentic. Every time with her I learn how i can relate to myself and the difficult situations in my life in a more positive way.

Written by C.L. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

I've only had a couple sessions with Nina, but I thoroughly enjoy working with her. Not only is she so understanding, but she also pushes me to dig deeper to figure out the root cause of some of the things that cause me pain. She gives great perspective to issues that I would not have otherwise considered. Nina is great, and I definitely look forward to our sessions.

Written by H.O. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Nina is very kind and patient. I feel understood and she has helped me gain clarity on my stresses and worries.

Written by M.A. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Nina was so professional and used a variety of resources and tools as well as her expertise to help me through my hard times. Her recommendations on books and workbooks to help ease my anxiety were spot on and have helped tremendously. She responds daily and sometimes twice a day which is really good for counselors on this app. She really listened to my personal concerns and gave me the confidence and resources to start taking control over them.

Written by J.A. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

She is so sweet and professional! I’ve only been meeting with her for a short time now but I can already see and feel the improvements we’ve made. I am very grateful for Nina and how she has helped me.