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You’re probably wondering what it’s like to see a therapist if you are pursuing therapy for the first time. Or you might be entering into therapy after previous experiences with the process.

Physical, emotional and environmental wellness all factor into one’s mental health. Many issues can contribute to challenges with mental health including situational stressors such as loss, relationship conflicts, employment struggles and life transitions. In addition to these stressors, some people struggle with issues from childhood or unhealthy patterns that sabotage their relationships. For many, there are also physical stressors such as chronic pain or a chemical imbalance.

We recognize that everyone’s situation is unique and make every effort to understand all aspects of one’s life in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and deliver highly personalized treatment that maximizes your chances of success.

The Hawaii Center for Psychology is a private center dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. Our doctors have been chosen for their clinical competence, caring attitude, and passion for creating meaningful changes in our clients lives. It is our overall goal to enhance the quality of life for individuals, couples and families. We believe that all people are valuable and unique and should be treated with dignity and respect.

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Living with pain, physical and emotional, can be a debilitating experience. Often times we suffer with the misconception that there is little or nothing that can be done about it. Dr. McDowell works with you to help you manage and heal your pain, recovering your energy and enthusiasm and restoring a sense of spontaneity and joy...
<p>Dr. Harada views psychotherapy as the process of change that occurs when we come to understand the affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have on one another. In a safe and non-judgmental environment, she partners with clients and assists them as they move from distress to well-being. She believes that by discovering new and healthier ways of being in the world...</p>
Donna believes that the core of successful psychotherapy lies in creating a safe place for you to talk about things that are truly important in your life.  Her warm and accepting way of understanding your concerns facilitates a mutual process of exploring feelings and problems you may be experiencing.  Therapy provides the support you might expect from a close friend, but with the objectivity, professional skills, and knowledge that help you to create your own solutions and bring about real and...
<p>Dr. Takasawa's approach to therapy is shaped by her Christian faith.  She believes that psychotherapy is about safely and openly exploring and processing through one's struggles, stuck points, and areas of difficulty to come into a place of healing, hope, and growth.</p>

<p>She is a skilled therapist and committed Christian who brings her professional interest and unique perspectives to issues involving relationships, life transitions, stress and anxiety, depression, and spiritual...</p>
Dr. Koki takes a mindful approach to psychotherapy helping you to examine your relationships, their meaning, and your ways of thinking about them. She works with individuals experiencing various life stressors and has a professional interest in working with adults and children diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or other...
<p>Dr. Johnson helps people deal with change. Sometimes change is thrust upon us in ways that are overwhelming or disturbing. Examples include changes in: relationships, career, health, family life, or loss of loved ones.</p>

<p>Other times, life is going well but there is one area that needs to improve. Examples include creating change in: mood, stress or anxiety level, ways of relating to others, parenting, ending bad habits, creating new habits, becoming more...</p>
Dr. Omizo approaches therapy as a positive step towards increasing your life satisfaction. He provides a safe and supportive environment in which to explore problems and issues. He believes that humans are strong and resilient. Dr. Omizo's genuine caring and sensitive understanding will move you toward deeper insights and new perceptions while dissolving past obstacles and creating changes that bring you to a new level of fulfillment, respect and understanding for...
<p>Dr. Motomasa views psychotherapy as a launching pad for personal transformation. She creates a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment in which clients can explore difficulties they may be facing in their lives. Her areas of professional interest include working with stress, depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as...</p>
Dr. Kappenberg combines over 30 years of experience as a psychologist with a genuine sense of concerned interest, and a warm and affable demeanor, to assist you in gently, yet directly addressing the challenges that you face in your life today. Whether it is reducing conflict for a couple, restoring a peaceful family life, or helping you work through a difficult individual issue, Dick's unique combination of patience, clarity and experience helps to create the confidence and commitment that empower you to make...
Dr. Li holds psychotherapy as a journey to discovering better ways of dealing with life’s challenges. More than just “fixing it”, therapy provides the opportunity to really get clear about what is bothering you; and then, to work together to find your own best resolution. In the process, your strengths and successes are also acknowledged and...
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