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Working with a clinician is like putting puzzle pieces together. Explore the different puzzle pieces of my psychology practice to determine if we are likely to be a good fit. If this information resonates with you and seems to meet your needs, the next step is scheduling an initial appointment.

305 Wailuku Drive #3, Hilo HI 96720


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About Dr. Moonshine

I was born and raised in Southern California. Spent several decades living and working in the Pacific Northwest. Transitioned to the Hawaiian Islands in 2018, after spending many extended periods here.

My psychology training is in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I also utilize insight-oriented models such as humanistic, gestalt, and psychodynamic. I am empowering and strength-based. I believe in tapping into your enlightened self-interest to find motivation and forward momentum.

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Dr. Moonshine

Dr. Moonshine

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Therapists don't have answers or wisdom to solve your problems or transform your life. We work with you as a guide, confidant, and supporter to help you make sense of your experience and find your solutions. Life is not perfect, and there aren't concrete answers or solutions most of the time. It's about trial and error, being imperfect, and rolling with challenges. Therapists provide a safe, private space for personal and sometimes painful conversations. We explore themes and help you develop more understanding of yourself, your motivations, values, desires, and goals.

I believe strongly that wellness and resiliency are essential.


Just like our cell phones, we must regularly recharge our batteries to continue to take care of others and ourselves. I recharge my batteries by sleeping as best I can, enjoying home-cooked meals, spending time with my Frenchies, gardening and enjoying nature, hydrating well, breathing deeply throughout the day, and often laughing, mostly at myself.

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Educational Foundations


Graduate Education

High School and College

  • ​Lifestyle Medicine and Addictions Counseling

  • ​Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University

  • Master's in Clinical Pharmacology from Alliant University

  • Received a Master's in Therapeutic Psychology from Seattle University

  • Graduated in Southern California

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