Anxiety affects over 40 thousand Americans every year and it is the most common mental disorder in the United States. Some of the signs of anxiety disorder include insomnia, chronic worrying, agitation, loss of appetite, confusion, and inability to make decisions. Makakilo City has plenty of great mental health care providers who can help. 

Makakilo City has many lovely parks for you to enjoy, which is good therapy for anxiety. Some of these include Zablan Beach, Makakilo Community Park, A’eola Park, Mehana Neighborhood Park, and Kalaeloa Regional Park. Talk to one of the Makakilo City therapists to see if exercise therapy is good for you. 

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Lori Shinsato

Offering therapy in HI
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Hawaii, serving the Hawaiian Islands as a social worker since 2008. I have worked with clients of all ages and diverse backgrounds. My specialty is working with the aging population (60+ years old), their caregivers, and those facing chronic illness. Being born and raised in Hawaii, I have been blessed to grow up in a community that values humility, different cultures, respect towards others, and family (whether by blood or at heart). These values are foundational to my practice. My hope is for clients to feel that I am approachable, present in the moment, and safe. My style of counseling is calm, conversational, and solution-focused. Each person is different with unique needs. I plan to listen to understand, and I will adjust my approach to what works for you. Together, we can talk about what is important to you and what are goals that you want to achieve. I am here to support and empower you. I love working, because I get to meet and help people! When I am not social work-ing, I enjoy going to museums, watching live theater, and hitting whatever target I am aiming at. I am also a Christian. I look forward to working with you!

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Josephine Volpe

Offering therapy in HI
License: mft,csac
AddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Hawaii with over 6 years experience in the substance abuse and counseling field. I have assisted people in numerous areas of concerns, ranging from substance abuse,childhood trauma, sexual abuse,depression, anger management,domestic violence, life transitions,grief counseling and relationship issues. I believe in self empowerment as well as creating an ability to form healthy connections with others. My counseling style is guided by compassion, intuition and non-judgmental attitude. I will hold space for you as we explore your own personal healing processes. Some of the processes used are family of origin work, experiential therapy ,somatic and trauma based work coupled with an individualized plan to meet your personal needs. I will provide a listening ear, emotional understanding and intuitive insight to assist you in discovering your authentic self and supporting your healing journey. It takes a courageous soul to look into oneself for answers and if you are willing I will support you in this journey with love,compassion and truth. I look forward to working with you.

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Kylee Romero

Offering therapy in HI
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

Aloha! I have been practicing mental health counseling for 9 years. My experience has been vast, including working with forensic, adult & youth, and crisis clients. Much of my current counseling specialties are with depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, LGBTQ+ issues, and anxiety. I am passionate about working with queer individuals and provide gender affirming care. I take a client-centered/humanistic approach to counseling, understanding the bravery it takes to reach out for help. I am passionate about creating a safe place for you to share and be heard every session. I also value your feedback, so that I may consistently improve the quality of services I am providing you. I am also a current doctoral candidate, working on my PsyD. I am recently certified in EMDR, and am offering this to clients as well via video. My goal is to be nonjudgmental, empathetic, and helpful to you during this stage in your life. I consider our work to be a partnership and would love to join you on this journey. Sessions are light hearted and informal. Come as you are! Currently I am only taking text clients. My availability is during the day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with evening hours on Mondays, HST. I check regular messages at least twice each day. Please understand that there are times where I have personal matters to attend to, which may mean you don't get an instant response. I understand that trusting a provider is of utmost importance, and I would be honored if you enlisted my help during this difficult time in your life. Clients occasionally have difficulty finding a therapist who is a good fit for themselves, or have had a prior negative experience in therapy. I completely understand these experiences and aim to provide each client with a positive experience.

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Jamal Mayhew

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

Hello! My name is Jamal and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience providing counseling services. I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings including: community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, partial and intensive outpatient care, and managing a private practice in the Phoenix community. I work with clients affected by depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma and relationship challenges from individual, group and family work. My approach to therapy is client centered: clients are the experts on their lives and determine the direction and depth of therapy. Through a strengths-based and solutions-focused lens, I draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans that accomplish their goals. I support clients through developing skills via: EMDR, mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation with the goal of moving clients towards a life involving the capacity for experiencing joy and freedom.

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Dr. Donna Goodwin

Offering therapy in HI
License: PsyD
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
15 years of experience

I have been a licensed psychologist for the past 15 years and have enjoyed my work as a military psychologist for the U.S. Navy as well as a private practitioner. My experience includes work with individuals who suffered from all types of depression, anxieties, obsessive-compulsive disorders, traumas, as well as life issues re: race. culture, discrimination, transgender issues, and other issues related to major life changes. My approaches to therapy include client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and psychodynamic therapy as well as solution-focused therapy. I support an honest, trusting client-provider relationship to assist clients with their needs. Reaching out for assistance (therapy) may be a first step in mastering the life changes you may be experiencing, Congratulations on your request for support. I look forward to working with you and offering support to you on your life's journey.

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Karen Bludorn

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
14 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has had the privilege of gaining experience in a variety of counseling settings. I offer individual and couples counseling. I provide a holistic approach to counseling by addressing your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. I approach therapy in a very integrative, client-centered manner to ensure the highest quality care is provided. I have experience working with individuals struggling with negative self-talk, challenging feelings and beliefs about the self, identity development, mood instability, substance use, anxiety, and history of trauma. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques that include cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution-focused, psychoeducational, trauma-informed, mindfulness, and more. I promote growth by offering a safe, accepting atmosphere so that you feel heard, validated, and empowered.

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Marissa Katz Bellani

Offering therapy in HI
License: MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
7 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor and I have 6 years of work and intern experience. I graduated from Lesley University with a focus in Music Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapies. My treatment approach is warm and interactive. We can explore your inner creative self through Music Therapy or more traditional counseling techniques such as person-centered therapy. I'll meet you where you are at in your journey to wellness and mental health. Together we can work towards a calmer and more balanced, self-actualized place in your inner world. Dealing with mental health issues and difficult life experiences is not easy. The world can seem like an overwhelming place sometimes. I believe you are the expert of yourself and I can serve as a nonjudgmental, unconditionally loving and supportive counselor so that healthy change is possible. *Currently offering only online therapy to Hawaii clients

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Kathryn Trussell

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsIntimacy-related issuesEating disordersParenting issues
5 years of experience

Aloha, my name is Katie Trussell and I'm the creator of Therapeutic Eating, LLC. Nothing catastrophic has to warrant seeking a therapist, you get to be here just because. I work with individuals, couples/couples issues, and teens. I specialize in addiction, anxiety, depression and women's issues including lifestyle modifications. I help to bring comfort to the discomfort and cultivate safety where there's survival. I'll help you improve your self dialogue and hone honesty which is the root of recovery. I provide the attention & trust you deserve and encourage you toward cultivating long term contentment. Monday - Friday 9am-6pm. Bimonthly weekday evenings 4-7pm and every other Saturday 10am-2pm.

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Stacey Hedges

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Thank you for showing up today and taking a brave step towards experiencing a more fulfilling and joyful life! My focus is to build a trusting relationship with you, truly listen with compassion to understand your needs and collaborate with you to meet your expectations. I am a licensed mental health therapist in Hawaii with 20 years of professional work experience. I enjoy working with clients of all ages including children, teenagers and adults with a variety of presenting needs as well as multicultural counseling with clients including Asian-Americans, Black-Americans, immigrants and LGBTQIA+ clients. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy and use a variety of modalities including Solutions-Focused, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. I will tailor our time together and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe in providing resources, education and support in order to help you meet your goals and improve the quality of your life. I look forward to connecting with you, hearing your story and supporting you in your journey of transformation!

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Melanie James

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am a licensed psychotherapist with 7 + years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes , motivation, self esteem & confidence building. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Makakilo City

Finding the best therapist close by in Makakilo City can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Makakilo City. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Makakilo City, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Makakilo City or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Makakilo City area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Makakilo City, elsewhere in Honolulu, or in the greater state of Hawaii.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Makakilo City area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Makakilo City therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Makakilo City due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Makakilo City may not take health insurance, some in the state of Hawaii may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Hawaii you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Makakilo City, Hawaii working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Makakilo City above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Makakilo City helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Makakilo City therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Makakilo City therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Makakilo City therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in HI, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 96707 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Makakilo City counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Makakilo City licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Makakilo City, Hawaii can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Makakilo City has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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96707

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