Waimalu is home to many legends, from the accounts of Heiau to the burial caves. Just like Waimalu, everyone has their own legends, their own stories. Some stories and histories are not pleasant, and some can cause pain for many years to come. But you don’t have to face those legends of your past alone.

Counselors in the Waimalu area are available to talk to you right now. These counselors are able to help you look at your own personal legends and stories, see how they are affecting you today, and stop the downward spiral. Contact a therapist today.

This is Robbyn Takeuchi's avatar and link to their profile

Robbyn Takeuchi

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Hawaii with 15 years of experience providing counseling to clients from diverse backgrounds ranging in age from late teens through older adults. I have worked with clients on a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness, self-esteem and motivation issues. I have also worked with many people who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse issues, as well as those in domestic violence relationships My counseling approach is warm and respectful, and I believe that the power and capacity for change and self-improvement lies within each individual. My role as a counselor is to help people discover these strengths, build resilience in times of difficulty, and offer support and guidance to adopt more effective tools and improved strategies to overcome these challenges. My approach incorporates cognitive-behavioral and motivational interviewing strategies as well as a systems approach, but I will tailor my approach to meet your style and unique needs. Acknowledging you need help is hard; reaching out for help is even harder. You have the capacity to change you life and you don’t have to do it alone. Looking forward to walking with you in your journey.

This is Dr. Warren Steinman's avatar and link to their profile

Dr. Warren Steinman

Offering therapy in HI
License: Ph.D
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

I have had a licensed private practice as a psychologist for more than 35 years. In my practice, I have focused on issues of stress, anxiety, avoidance, self-control, relationship problems, and life restructuring. Before my full-time private practice, I was a tenured professor of clinical psychology at two major universities. I was the director of clinical training at one university and the chairman of the Psychology Department at the other. I also have experience working as a divorce mediator, a parenting consultant, a psychological evaluator, and a life coach. My approach to therapy is goal specific, action oriented, and solution oriented. It involves skill building and awareness and it focuses on empowering the client to develop the skills and control necessary for meaningful and lasting change. The client is helped to create specific, achievable, and realistic goals. The goals are refined and organized and are placed within a workable time-frame. Strategies to achieve the goals are developed, practiced, and revised. Personal awareness, effective choice, method, and skill-building are emphasized. Awareness and self-management methods are developed. The result is the acquisition of desired changes, restored feelings of well-being and self-confidence, and a renewed sense of self-control and independence. I appreciate how important the issues are to those who have entrusted me with their confidence. I look forward to helping my clients resolve those issues. I love what I do and have been gratified by my clients’ enthusiasm and success.

This is Zachary Ehrmann's avatar and link to their profile

Zachary Ehrmann

Offering therapy in HI
License: MAEd,MHP,LMHC
AddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

Hello, My name is Zack, and I am a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the states of Hawai'i, Washington, and Wisconsin. I have been working in the field since 2011, providing mental health counseling, supervision, and consultation services across a number of settings: community mental health centers, state agencies, major hospitals, and private practice. I have been fortunate to have had a wide array of experiences in working with a diverse client population over that time, collaborating across languages, cultures, gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual orientations. I typically work with clients that are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relational issues, health challenges, and low self-esteem. I also enjoy engaging with clients who are struggling to integrate into new life roles and identities, and in helping those that are battling with addiction. It's my goal to provide an empathic, genuine, and active presence to my clients, and to create a safe and welcoming space in which to explore problematic issues. I consider genuineness to be at the forefront of every meaningful encounter in therapy, both on the part of the client and also of the clinician. I practice from an existential and humanistic perspective. This means that I consider the entirety of our shared, human condition in our work together, both regarding our infinite capacity for growth, and also being mindful of our inherent and inescapable limitations as human beings. I believe that the relationship between the counselor and client is the catalyzing, driving force of therapy and utilize an integrated approach to client work, drawing on a number of techniques that are informed by dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic theory, philosophy, positive psychology, logotherapy, and narrative therapy, among others.

This is Dr. Jeralyn Carter's avatar and link to their profile

Dr. Jeralyn Carter

Offering therapy in HI
License: B.S., M.S. & PsyD. Graduand,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am an international therapist and have worked in the mental health field for over nineteen years and have been a licensed mental health counselor and Doctor of Clinical Psychology for eleven years. Additionally, I have collaborated with clients of all ages, cultures, Nationalities and from all social classes dealing with a wide range of issues. My experience is vast as I have worked with the following: neuro-psychiatric, suicidal ideation/attempts, LGBTQIA, PTSD, anger management, grief/loss, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, school counseling, juvenile justice, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, personality disorders, domestic violence, crisis intervention, codependency, and group/family/individual therapy. Moreover, I work with clients to formulate and modify realistic, individualized treatment goals. I will track your improvement and identify either an increase or decrease of desired feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. My therapeutic approach is wholistic and multi-theoretical. I utilize an amalgamation of approaches which are psychodynamic, dialectical behavioral, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, rational-emotive, existential, client-centered, Jungian, mindfulness and motivational. Furthermore, my therapy style is warm, inviting, non-judgmental, honest, and always confidential. I treat everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Encouraging dialogue and reflective thinking is paramount in my sessions. You have done yourself a great service by seeking help! We all need help in life and deserve a listening ear and undivided attention. I would love to be your therapist and together, we will manifest amazing results!

This is kim dunlap's avatar and link to their profile

kim dunlap

Offering therapy in HI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
3 years of experience

Hi, My name is Kim Dunlap, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience in the helping profession. I have served diverse populations with a wide range of concerns including homelessness, medical affliction, post-partum, terminal illness, grief/loss, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, relationship issues and adjustment issues. I believe that a compassionate heart could lift a cloudy day; therefore, this is the approach that guides my therapeutic journey. Life can be very complex; dealing with stressors within and/or around you can be overwhelming and difficult to do alone. My goal is to help and support you through your challenges by being warm, understanding, receptive and present. I recognize that therapy does not have a clean-cut solution for everything, which is why it is important for me to meet with you on a holistic level to better understand your needs. When one area of your life is troubled everything else is affected. As your therapist, I will focus on your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Thank you for taking a big step to seek for support. I hope that I could be of value to you as you are to me through this journey.

This is Dr. Sally Brown's avatar and link to their profile

Dr. Sally Brown

Offering therapy in HI
License: PhD, DSW, LCSW
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
31 years of experience

ABOUT ME My name is Sally Brown. I graduated with a Masters degree is Social Work from the University of Houston and a doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Walden University. I also have a PhD in Holistic Health. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, EMDR and motivational interviewing. My focus is on improving an individual's quality of life and helping them find balance. SPECIALTIES Trauma Addictions Relationship issues Stress, Anxiety Depression Also experienced in: LGBT , trauma and abuse , grief , intimacy-related issues , anger management , self esteem ,bipolar disorder , coping with life changes , compassion fatigue, gender identity, Abandonment , coping with disability. Clinical approaches: Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR),Cognitive Processing Therapy , Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, New Decision Therapy Years of Experience: 31 SERVICES OFFERED MESSAGING LIVE CHAT PHONE VIDEO LANGUAGES English Spanish LICENSING LCSW - AZ #16760 LCSW-NM 06170 LCSW-CO00992910 LCSW-HI 4144 NM LADAC 0114001

This is Mihoko Kusachi's avatar and link to their profile

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.

This is Lureen Tanaka-Nogawa's avatar and link to their profile

Lureen Tanaka-Nogawa

Offering therapy in HI
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
16 years of experience

Aloha! I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Hawai`i with over 15 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients (from preschool age-adulthood) with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems and career challenges. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating others with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy with solution-focused therapy. I 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 and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

This is Dr. Cynthia Melton's avatar and link to their profile

Dr. Cynthia Melton

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Missouri and Oregon with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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.

This is Kristi Woodham's avatar and link to their profile

Kristi Woodham

Offering therapy in HI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Hawaii, Oregon and Texas with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & anger management. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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.

How to find counseling in Waimalu

Finding the best therapist close by in Waimalu 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 Waimalu. 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 Waimalu, 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu, 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 Waimalu area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu, 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 96701 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu, 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.

Waimalu 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:

A woman meets with a therapist online in her home city of Waimalu.

Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Waimalu:

96701

Find the right therapist for your needs
Match with a qualified therapist