I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University, and I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii, Hilo.
I am passionate about serving people. I enjoy seeing lives changed as people gain insight and realize their full potential.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I also serve in the community with an organization called Young Life were I volunteer my time working to mentor and support Big Island teens. I am also involved with several church organizations, volunteering in food distribution to those in need.
Prior to working as a therapist in private practice, I worked in several community based organizations including Hale Kipa Inc. as a clinical supervisor, mental health professional and paraprofessional. I’ve also worked as a program coordinator for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. I worked many years with children with developmental disabilities (autism, downs syndrome, cerebral palsy), including working at Bayada Home Healthcare and The Institute For Family Enrichment as a skills trainer.
My passion to work with people originates from my relationship with God. After I became a born again Christian at age 15, I remember experiencing God in a very personal and intimate way. I knew that God wanted me to serve him and serve others. At age 20 I traveled to Australia and completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Upon returning home, I got involved with serving as the Youth Pastor at my church for about 6 years, and have continued to serve in many areas including Emcee at the annual Hilo Kids Party alternative Halloween event formerly held at Panaewa Community Gym and now held at the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium.
I am from the Big Island, born and raised. I graduated from Waiakea High School and grew up in Puna where I currently reside. I love to travel and have been to Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, and the West Coast of the United States. I enjoy astrophotography, light painting and art. The ocean is where I love to exercise and play.
I have been married since 2010. My wife is from the Philippines, so I am familiar with cultural and language barriers in the context of marriage. Living in a multicultural family myself, I understand how difficult it can be to maintain peace and stability in the home. Many of the tools and interventions that I use with my clients have been utilized and implemented in my own life and have been very helpful for helping me to better understand my family and other relationships.
I share these things in confidence that you will find something in common with my personal story, and that we can work together to help you develop goals and transition toward the life that you are looking for.