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I studied Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and earned a master's degree in 2010.  Until 2019, I worked as a therapist in community mental health agencies around Los Angeles County, serving families struggling with mental illness, substance addiction, and exposure to trauma.  I am licensed to practice in both the State of Hawaii and the State of California.  I also have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in secondary education from Willamette University in Oregon.  To read more about my philosophy of change, work experiences, and training, click here


I was born and raised on Oahu but have lived in various places around the world from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Most recently, I relocated back to Honolulu after almost 11 years of living and working in Pasadena, California.  While I have loved returning to Oahu, reuniting with family members, and wearing rubber slippers around town, I resonate with the heartaches and challenges associated with cultural identity, transition, and loss.  


Some of my hobbies include hiking, drinking really good coffee, watching thoughtful cinema, thrift-store shopping, and sleeping.  My family calls me "hippie" and to their credit, I have recently begun to eat a plant-based diet and am thinking up ways to reduce my (and mostly their) carbon footprint. My future travels include Banff and Rainier National Parks. Photo: Yosemite National Park from the top of Half Dome.

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