I was born and raised in Hawaii. I obtained a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii, and a Master of Counseling degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist – Supervisor, Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist – Supervisor, Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and am currently completing my Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. I have been personally trained by some of the lead national experts in trauma and/or addictions work such as Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr. Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Judith Cohen and Dr. Anthony Mannarino. I am a passionate and continual avid learner so that I may provide the best and most up to date care for my patients.
I have worked in the faith-based and social services field since 1996. I have provided counseling for churches, schools, agencies, and state programs. I had been in non-profit management and developed/directed programs within the state. Some of my prior faith-based employment includes Grace Bible Church Pearlside’s youth and college ministry, and being the Diocese of Honolulu’s Statewide Victim Assistance Coordinator for clergy abuse victims.
I have done work in the media and have been interviewed by the Hawaii News Now Sunrise TV Show, as well as had radio spots on parenting. I am currently the Mental Health Expert for KHON2 Living808 TV Show in Hawaii where I will be featured regularly and will speak about important and relevant topics for today’s society.
I have provided approximately 40 trainings at a statewide and national level. Some of the state and national organizations that I have provided trainings/webinars for include:
- UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and Department of Defense Military Community and Family
“Problem Sexual Behavior Involving Children and Youth”
- Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Adolescent Health
“Intimate Partner Violence and its Effects on Parenting”
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
“Strategies for Addressing Barriers to Collaboration Across Services Systems for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence”
- Jewish Women International-National Alliance to End Domestic Violence
“Domestic Violence and the Parent-Child Relationship”
- Institute for Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT)-Alliant International University
“Challenges in Implementing Evidence-Based Practices”
- Battered Women’s Justice Project
“Supporting Parents of Children Affected by Domestic Violence”
- Kapiolani Child Protection Center
“Children Exposed to Domestic Violence”
- Maui Department of Education
“Trauma and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”
- Grace Bible Church Pearlside
“Parenting with Purpose: Shaping Your Child’s Character and Heart”
- New Hope Leeward
“Marriage Workshop: Learn to Have Deeper Intimacy in Marriage”
- Inspire Church, Women’s Arise Conference
“When You Have More Work Than You Have Week: A Woman’s Guide to Busyness, Burnout, and Everyday Battles”
- The Gospel Coalition
“Responding to Sexual Addiction and Trauma”
- Every Nation Church, Las Vegas
“Marriage Workshop: Communication & Fair Fighting”
I am a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and served as the prior co-chair for the Domestic Violence Collaborative Working Group. I am also a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
I have been an active member and leader at Grace City Church since 2005 and had served on church council. I currently serve as a Bible study leader and a guitarist for the worship team. Ministry work has always been one of my greatest passions and I have a strong desire to better equip and train church pastors, leaders, and ministry workers in our state.