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Hyungbum Kang

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW,MAC,MA
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesCareer difficulties
3 years of experience

I am a clinical social worker licensed in Hawaii with over 12 years of counseling experience. I graduated from the Fielding Graduate University and I have worked with various individuals. In my practice, I use flexible, multi-modality approaches of treatment because every individual has different needs and his/her perception regarding happiness varies. Every individual in society is different so that per their perspectives, they formulate their opinion and a set of behavior. Under the theory of individual perception, the science which sounds theoretically proven and reasonable comes to play its role, resulting in various consequences. However, I believe that the perception created under the societal and scientific rules is not equivalent to neither the human mind nor the psychiatric world of the individual because human beings have unlimited imagination. I am looking for expanding the dimension of variables regarding the scientifically proven therapeutic methods My primary approach to treatment uses an integrated therapeutic modality. The treatment modality is based on four dimensions of bio-psycho-socio-cultural health. I will discuss individualized treatment plan in the beginning of the therapy per the need of your priority list. The treatment plan will be uniquely individualized in align with your specific needs My therapeutic approach stands on viewing the discrepancy between the unlimited dimension of the human mind that limits you in time and space. Exploring the world of the human perception appears important to understand ourselves. Thus, on the unlimited and unrestricted perceptual world of human mind I stand, ready to explore the variables with you LICENSING LCSW # 3684 (Expires: 2021-6-30)

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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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Travis Schmidt

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefAnger management
14 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Idaho and Hawaii with years of experience working as a readjustment counselor at a VA Vet Center, case manager for VA homeless program, and community engagement coordinator for public health for the past 12 years. I also served in the Navy for 8 years as a FMF Corpsman with marine corps units and at the Naval Academy clinic working with mental health issues . I love working with individuals, couples, and groups in therapy. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including crisis, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, warzone trauma, and sexual trauma. I also helped many who have experienced issues navigating the Veterans Affairs system and advocating for my fellow veterans. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and strength-based. I am always learning about different therapy approaches and will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support you and assist in any way I can. I look forward to working with you!

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Sara Watkins

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW,CSAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
3 years of experience

Aloha! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. It is my desire to create a safe, warm & accepting space for all the individuals I work with. I believe that feelings of belonging & acceptance are the foundation of the growth we can achieve together. Understanding my clients problems from a holistic perspective is important to me. As you share your unique story it is my goal to paint a more detailed picture of your problem within the context it has evolved & been maintained. My belief is that all problems make sense in the context of our unique experiences & relationships. My desire is to validate these experiences & help you work towards lasting healing. Therapy is beneficial for anyone at any point in their life. It’s a safe space to reflect, focus on yourself, & address things in your life that aren’t as you would like. Therapy can help you heal your pain, improve self-esteem, thrive in your career, be a confident parent, love & accept yourself, & build a more fulfilling life. During each session, I promote internal healing in a safe, non-critical, non-judgmental environment that will allow you to access, name, & express emotions in a healthy way. Together you will come to understand & calm the physical manifestations of emotional pain, & allow a safe space to regain hope, faith, love for self, & rebuild healthy core beliefs. I define my therapeutic approach as multidisciplinary; I utilize evidenced-base theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focus Therapy, & Client Centered Therapy.

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Sana Anas

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina and Hawai'i with over six years of experience working as a mental health therapist and case manager. I am also a provisionally Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in North Carolina. I have worked with adolescents and adults who present with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, mania, psychosis, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship issues, career challenges, grief, and trauma. My therapy approach is warm and person-centered, and I always meet my clients where they are at. I implement multiple treatment modalities and utilize each client’s strengths to identify solutions and guide them to where they want to be. I have worked with clients of varying age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, education level, and socioeconomic status, and will accommodate our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I am bilingual, with fluency in English and Hindi/Urdu, and also have a professional working proficiency in French. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life, and I am proud of you for taking the first step towards change. It would be an honor to assist and support you through the next stage of your life.

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Brandi Okamoto

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGrief
12 years of experience

Born and raised on the Big Island. I am licensed in Hawaii with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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.

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Wendy Yoshioka

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

I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hawaii with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Margarita Araiza-Johnston

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW
Family conflictsParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I graduated with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and a Minor in French from the University of Redlands. After working with children and families in Illinois and California, I went back to school and earned my Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. I worked as a social worker in Hospice and as a suicide and crisis counselor in Louisiana. I completed a program in the Theory and Practice of Mediation and Theory and Practice of Family Law Mediation. My areas of expertise include assessment, child abuse and neglect, bilingual therapy, family systems, domestic violence, crisis counseling, and suicide prevention. I offer compassionate and insightful therapy for people experiencing a broad range of issues, including LGBTQ+ issues.

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Lora Hasse

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hello and Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Practical Counselor in the state of Idaho with 18 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, personality disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and family of origin concerns. I have a wealth of experience working with teens, families, and individuals. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness. I will make sure my approach and treatment plan are specific to your individual needs. By deciding to engage in counseling you have proven that you are a resilient and brave person. I congratulate you on taking this first step towards feeling like a happier, healthier you. It is so important to your success that the counselor you choose be a good fit. Feel free to look over my information and ask any questions you might have. I look forward to working with you!

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Miranda Stone

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Hawaii with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem & self worth, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I believe that most of the things we reach out for help with are normal reactions to hectic life experiences/the world in general. Taking the first step to seeking help takes courage, and it can feel anywhere from uncomfortable, scary, or even cringy for some. That's why I am here to support you in this process and make it feel more natural and normal. The type of therapy that I conduct is a cross between traditional talk therapy (psychoanalysis) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). Depending on your needs, I also conduct cognitive trauma therapy (CTT). In general, I conduct what's called trauma informed therapy, also with a lens that encompasses attachment theory. It is ok if you have never heard of or do not know what any of this entails, as I will guide you as needed. I enjoy collaborating with my clients, as I recognize that first and foremost, this therapy is for your benefit and thus requires input from you. In addition to individual therapy, I have extensive work in the ER, psychiatric ER, and some inpatient psychiatric experience. Therefore, I have done a great deal of work with people who are in immediate crisis and with people who have a broad range of mental health conditions. This includes extensive work with individuals who are diagnosed with what's called serious mental illness. I have worked with victims of assault, domestic violence, trafficking, childhood and systemic trauma, as well as trauma/experiences with near fatal accidents. Prior to my career as a social worker, I worked as a Hospital Chaplain in the trauma wards and the cancer wards (adult and pediatric). In this setting my primary role was working with patients and their family's during the death and dying process as well as working on and exploring what brings them meaning, a sense of purpose, and hope. I received my Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. I completed my clinical training at a Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, a level1 trauma hospital, in the ER, psychiatric ER, and inpatient psychiatric unit. I received my Masters in Divinity from Duke University and did my chaplain training at UNC Hospital and a residency at Duke University Hospital.

How to find counseling in Paauilo

Finding the best therapist close by in Paauilo 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 Paauilo. 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 Paauilo, 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo, elsewhere in Hawaii, 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 Paauilo area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo, 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 96776 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo 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 Paauilo, 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.

Paauilo 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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