Education and Career:
With the support of my wife and my parents, I attended medical school at the University of Hawaii, where I graduated in 1990.
For specialty training in psychiatry, I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I completed a four-year residency program at the University of New Mexico. When our daughter was born in 1998, we moved home to Hawaii to be close to family.
Returning to Oahu, I served at Hawaii State Hospital for 6 years, as Chief of Psychiatry and Chief of Addiction Medicine.
My final 3 years with the State, I was Medical Director of the Windward Community Mental Health Center, serving Windward Coast communities from Waimanalo to Kahuku. Poverty, homelessness and the legal system were major issues for most of the people I served, along with substance abuse and mental illness.
Over the years I learned a great deal from these men and women, often feeling humbled by their dignity, courage and generosity.
My specialty training focused on individual and group psychotherapy. I was fortunate to have a spectrum of fine teachers, including both Freudian and Jungian analysts, among others. My most important influence was the late Dr. John Talley.
I also owe a great deal to Dr. Rene Tillich and Dr. Laurie Sanford from my years of association with King Kalakaua
In recent years I have become
interested in Ericksonian Hypnosis and a widely accepted treatment for psychological trauma known as EMDR.
My orientation is psychodynamically informed, eclectic, and humanistic.
I don't work with diagnoses, I work with people- their feelings and history and personality- and I find this work endlessly challenging and rewarding!
How I Work:
In our first meeting we'll sit down for 60-90 minutes, and interview each other. By this I mean, we'll try to see whether we can work together productively. Usually, this is no problem- we both feel comfortable and it seems likely I can be helpful. But sometimes we will not be a good fit for each other, for whatever reason. At that point I will do my best to help you find the right doctor.
I am Board Certified in Addiction Medicine as well as Psychiatry. I often work with people recovering from alcohol and drugs, and compulsive behaviors of all kinds. I try to provide safety and openness for important subjects like sexuality, money and trauma which many people find difficult to discuss.
I also enjoy working with couples, using a uniquely effective dyadic model developed by Dr. Tillich and Dr. Sanford at the King Kalakaua Center, which we continue to refine.