I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and work with individuals, couples and families to transcend their challenges in life. I seek to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for my clients to fully explore and address their issues. More recently I have become interested in the use of EMDR therapy (see http://www.emdr.com/ ) for individuals who have experienced multiple levels of trauma and complex grief.
My life and work experiences contribute to my holistic perspective of health and wellbeing. I started my career as a Registered Nurse in England, where I specialized in surgical care, and later worked with individuals and their families in end of life care. This experience enlightened me to the deep connection between physical and mental health. Extensive travel expanded my cultural awareness and provided a real life understanding of the significance of different belief systems on family dynamics, individual perspectives, and men and women's issues.
After moving to Hawaii in 1988 I returned to academia and attained an LCSW. Throughout my early career as a mental health provider I worked with children with autism, and adults and children with terminal illnesses, as well as the families that care for them.
In 2011 I was fortunate to join the King Kalakaua Center for Humanistic Psychotherapy, where I worked with Dr. Rene Tillich and Dr. Laurie Sanford. I remain grateful to them for their generous expertise and guidance.
In 2014 I joined the East Oahu Counseling Center. My current practice focuses on depression, anxiety, grief and loss, bereavement and trauma. Any of these conditions may have been initiated or exacerbated by chronic or terminal illness, relationships (marriage, divorce, parenting) or change of employment (retirement or job loss). Regardless of the circumstance, all individuals share the same common desire for greater awareness, meaningful connections and a better quality of life.