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About Me

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I hope to help you understand me better so you will feel more comfortable in contacting me.  To this end I am writing briefly here about my professional and educational experiences.  I have been a Honolulu psychologist for over fifteen years providing individual and couples psychotherapy to the community. This is the short version so please don't hesitate to call and ask me how I was able to integrate all the major psychological theories--psychodynamic and family systems for example--and some less popular ones--including transpersonal and chaos theory into an integrated whole.

Experience and Expertise

After graduating form Cornell University with my Bachelor’s degree I joined the Peace Corps to spend three years in The Philippines doing development work. I subsequently spent two years in Japan studying the language and culture while working in education and business. I then traveled to China where I spent one year learning Mandarin Chinese and exploring the country before moving to Taiwan for two years to continue my studies and support myself as a journalist. I’ve also traveled extensively throughout Asia over the last three decades from Bombay to Hanoi to Seoul to Malacca.

I returned to the United States to pursue my Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and, after working as a clinical social worker for ten years providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults, I pursued my Doctoral degree. I graduated with my Doctorate in clinical psychology in 1999 and have been in private practice since then working with a diverse clientele with a wide-range of issues and concerns.

My experience living and working in other cultures has helped to expand my understanding of the human condition and greatly inform my practice of psychology. I enjoy incorporating Eastern techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, alongside Western approaches, especially cognitive psychology to assist my clients in their journeys to minimize suffering and maximize life satisfaction.

I am happy working with adults and couples as well as with children and adolescents and their families. I have helped these people to succeed in their efforts to overcome, better manage or adjust to their depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, compulsions, obsessions, addictions, relationship problems, sexual orientation, identity issues, thought disorders, sleep disorders and stress.
I look forward to working with you too.