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Office Locations: 

LOTUS Psychological Services

99-080 Kauhale St. C20 Aiea,HI 

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

245 N. Kukui St. 102 A Honolulu, HI 

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(808) 672-2932

About Me

 

This experience encouraged me to learn more about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and find ways I can help other families through this difficult (but amazing) time of life.   Through Postpartum Support International and 2020Mom I recently participated in Maternal Mental Health training and I completed additional course on Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Birth Trauma, Infertility, and Third Party Reproduction. I am a member of Postpartum Support International, and American Society of Reproductive Medicine. In addition, I am a 2020MOM Speaking Ambassador which encourages me to follow my passion of advocating for more supports for moms and educating the community about the challenges families face.    

I was born and raised in Colorado where I spent time enjoying the mountains and the outdoors.   Before jumping into my career as a social worker, I spent 5 years traveling around the world working as a dive instructor in developing countries (US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Honduras, Curacao, Tanzania, Mozambique, Thailand, Philippines). Working in different countries taught me about how to work with many diverse cultures and helped me to learn about how people cope with a variety of life circumstances. During my Master’s in Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University I learned about the diverse communities here on Oahu and a generalist approach to providing therapy.  My experience during this time varied:  I worked with adjudicated adolescents and adults with serious mental illness.  My practicum hours were spent with women in substance abuse treatment and their new babies.  Following school, I worked for 3 years in Early Intervention, supporting families with children age birth to 3 years old with a developmental delay or disability.   Many of the families I have worked with have been military and I continue to enjoy supporting this community. 

Currently, I spend my time working with moms through Sunshine Therapy  as the owner and therapist, and part time as the Project Coordinator for the Always Reading Program with Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation.  With the Always Reading program we work in 7 of the local elementary schools to  inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family anywhere outdoors and especially at the beach. 

I have been working with families and individuals in a variety of settings for over 15 years.  My experience with young children is extensive.  I have worked with families as a nanny, preschool teacher, special needs care coordinator, and early childhood specialist.  With all of my expertise and training I had thought that I was very well equipped to be a mom.  When my baby was born, I was shocked by how difficult it really is, and why no one really talks about it. After struggling through the first 6 months of new mom life, I started to motivate myself.  I forced myself to find an activity each day out of the house, to meet other moms, exercise, and take time for myself.  This made a huge difference in my overall happiness.