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Dr. Nikita Hay

Offering therapy in HI
License: Psy.D.
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseEating disordersDepression
10 years of experience

My name is Dr. Nikita Hay and I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Hawai'i. Welcome and thank you for taking time to learn more about the services I can provide for you and your family. I have treated children, adolescents, and adults for several years in a variety of settings, including out-patient, residential, as well as locked facilities. This means that I have experience working with a broad range of individuals who have diverse clinical issues such as stress-related disorders, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. As a clinician, I typically approach therapeutic treatment with a person-centered, holistic style. I do my best to recognize where you are right now and provide support so you can reach your desired purpose. My passion for rehabilitation began at an early age as I was raised with loved ones who battled mental illness. Therefore, I know firsthand that the path to mental health can be challenging and exasperating. Nonetheless, please know that when you are ready to take the first steps toward change, I am here to assist you. If you choose to begin working together, you may find the following information helpful. I am available for messaging and phone sessions, based on your preference. I check messages several times throughout the day, everyday, between the hours of 8am and 8pm HST. I may not be able to respond to your messages right away, but I typically respond within 24 hours. I look forward to working with you. I apologize for any inconvenience, but I am not currently accepting new subscribers.

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Ramona Taylor

Offering therapy in HI
Relationship issues
10 years of experience

I am a Marriage & Family Therapist and I am a Christian Counselor. Currently, I am offering limited services via email. This is ideal if you are wanting short term support to work through some specific problem, if you want to learn more about managing your mental health, or you are a therapist needing support. I operate with the philosophy that therapy does not have to involve time consuming practices of deep analysis or delving into the past. It does not have to be figuring out what is "wrong" or tear filled sessions. I see therapy as a place for healing that is not confined to diagnostic labels or dwelling in the past. Instead, healing happens through exploring solutions, experiencing the present, experimenting with new approaches to fully experience who you are so that you can relate to yourself and others in more satisfying and genuine ways. I am excited to help clients discover their strengths. My favorite experience is being with clients as they discover for themselves that even the smallest changes can make significant positive differences in their lives. AND it doesn't stop there...the effect radiates into all areas of life and relationships.

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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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Katinka Hammerich

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW,MA,MSW
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
20 years of experience

Aloha! I am delighted that you found me! I am a clinical social worker and an educator, deeply committed to embrace and empower those I work with towards living fuller, richer lives. I offer individuals a safe, supportive, encouraging, non-judgmental, and nurturing space where they may explore and grow. I help clients, by empowering them to take charge of their lives. My role is to illuminate the path to their ideal future. As a therapist, I draw inspiration from many sources, and have found that an integration of approaches and practices that are uniquely curated to each person and family tend to be especially effective in bringing about truly meaningful and sustainable change. As an EMDR trained therapist, I help clients process painful life experiences that continue to impact them. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a well-researched, integrative approach, that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It utilizes the innate growth and healing mechanisms of the human nervous system. Clients report that they have received amazing benefits from EMDR. There is nothing more powerful for clearing trauma, abuse, and associated symptoms, including anxiety, depression, stress and grief. I also offer other therapeutic modalities, such as solution focused and psychodynamic therapy. With a Jungian perspective and being an educator of myth, I often integrate myths, archetypes, and dreamwork into my clinical work. It takes courage to face and embrace change. I believe that we are wired for wellness and integration, and that our innate resilience and ability to heal is greater than we can fathom. I help clients create relationships where they are comfortable enough to grow. It is through authentic relationships that we find the strength to dream big. I offer my expertise and guidance to help connect clients to that which they hold as most important. You deserve to receive competent, non-judgmental, and compassionate guidance when reaching for those goals. My services are personalized to suit individual needs. Let me assist you in discovering the depths of your personal power and positive change towards a more fulfilling and happier life.Together we can find deep and meaningful connection and insight, find joy, trust, and grow. Let’s begin the process of healing!

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Mihoko Kusachi

Offering therapy in HI
License: LMHC,MS
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I feel honored when I can instill in people a sense of hope and courage to working towards a change. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I know firsthand that it takes courage to pursue an authentic life. I feel connected with you because you have taken the very first step towards a change by reading this. I believe in reciprocity in all relationships including ours (therapist-client). My role is to support and empower you to find purpose in your life. I grew up in Japan and have been educated in both Tokyo and San Francisco. I have a wide range of work experience in Japan and the US. I received a master’s degree in counseling with concentration on rehabilitation of people with disabilities from San Francisco State University. I have provided mental health counseling for the past 8 years as a licensed therapist and have worked for over 20 years as social worker in a variety of settings in California and Hawaii. I have helped clients of all ages, children and adults, both with and without disabilities. The issues I have helped my clients manage include depression, anxiety, stress, grief & loss, trauma, gender identity, guilt, shame, self-esteem, motivation, loneliness, purpose, adjustment, among other emotional and situational challenges. My therapy approach draws influences from Humanistic, Existential, Somatic Psychology, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral therapies. I adopt an body-mind integrative approach to help people make changes, based on their strengths and preferences. In my therapy room, clients engage in personal reflection by challenging negative thoughts, with the help of sensory-based exercises, relaxation, and other self-regulation techniques to ease their emotional difficulties. My clients may also explore their past to gain insight into themselves to help them live more fully in the present. I have seen my clients improve their overall well-being, be it physical, emotional, behavioral, and/or spiritual. We will work together to find what works best for you in order to achieve the most balanced well-being, while seeking practical solutions in your daily life. My philosophy is social justice-driven and culturally responsive to promote the diversity and individuality of people of all backgrounds. I particularly feel strongly about supporting those traditionally underserved in the helping professions given my firsthand experience growing up as such. I am particularly sensitive to intersectionality of multiple minority status, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, and socioeconomic status. Most importantly, I honor what we already have within. My role is to be your partner to help you discover or rediscover your inner resources that may have been untapped, and help you nurture them to move forward in your life.

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Maita Marks

Offering therapy in HI
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesParenting issuesDepression
3 years of experience

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist licensed in Hawaii with over 3 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting and couples problems, and especially experienced in substance use disorders with dual diagnosis. I was also a former Registered Behavior Technician for ten years working with children with special needs. My style in therapy is genuine, warm and client-oriented. I work within my ethical boundaries. I am culturally sensitive. My approach is ecclectic where I use various interventions from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman Method for couples. I adapt my interventions according to my clients' goals and needs. I applaud you for reaching out for help. Allow me to be alongside your journey to be well as a whole person. I look forward to working with you!

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Garrett Gomes

Offering therapy in HI
AddictionsTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Hawaii with 3+ years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy related issues, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. The three core theories that I use in therapy are as follows: 1. Humanistic Theory 2. Existential Theory 3. Solution Based Theory

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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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Sandy Anderson

Offering therapy in HI
AddictionsRelationship issuesGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Hawaii with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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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Stephanie Wright

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Alaska and Hawaii with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping adults and teens with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with couples to repair trust, improve communication, and strengthen their emotional intimacy with each other. 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 Puhi

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Puhi 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 Puhi 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 Puhi 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 Puhi, 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 Puhi 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 Puhi 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 Puhi 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 Puhi 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 Puhi 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 96766 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 Puhi 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 Puhi 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 Puhi, 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.

Puhi 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.

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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.

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