Because we all need help from time to time.
Maybe your long-time struggle with anxiety or depression keeps you from living the life you want or making the connections you need. Perhaps your bond with your partner is strained or at risk of ending, and you're wondering how to reconnect. Or maybe you and your children are feeling the stress of separation or divorce, and everyone needs some support to make it through.
At Xplor Counseling, LLC , we specialize in helping our clients manage their lives better, so they can establish and maintain healthy connections. In essence, we help you become the best version of you.
We also help clients who are just "going through a tough time" or "feeling stuck," whether that means figuring out how to navigate a tough transition or struggling to get traction and move forward.
So, the real question is: Are you ready to feel better?
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examples of client focus
who we are
Britt Young, M.A., LMFT (Hawaii Kai) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is also the owner and founder of Xplor Counseling, LLC.
Britt believes the best way to help clients is by creating a supportive, understanding, non-judgemental environment in which clients can gain insight, communicate effectively, and learn coping skills to help them prosper.
Britt uses a collaborative approach to therapy and tailors each session to fit the client's needs, but she specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and (for couples) Emotionally-Focused Therapy. She's directive, engaged, and is committed to finding the best way to connect with her clients, so she can help them find the best way to get "un-stuck" and move forward.
Carlene Flores, LMHC (Eaton Square) is a Hawaii Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. As a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider, she is available for both in-office and telehealth sessions.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Carlene’s experience and success has centered around helping people navigate life and realize their greatest potential.
As a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), Carlene also works with career changers and professionals in all stages of designing their lives.
Carlene’s approach is aligned with Adlerian Therapy. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy techniques to help clients who are dealing with stress, anxiety, school issues, feeling lost and directionless, those needing that extra support during difficult life transitions, and individuals who just want more out of life. Carlene can also help with caregiver support and caregiver stress concerns.
Dr. Shannon Hayes, PsyD (Eaton Square) has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a masters in Juvenile Forensics Psychology, and is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Hayes has more than 17 years experience working with clients, including those from various cultures, children/adolescents, couples, families, and military service members and veterans.
Her early experience includes work with juveniles in detention centers, juvenile sex offenders, families in the foster care system, and victims of domestic violence. And, Dr. Hayes boasts more than 30 publications and presentations on many topics such as domestic violence, violence against women and children, neuropsychology, depression, Alzheimer, mental assessments, testing, custody, forensics psychology and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Kai Hammond, LMHC (Eaton Square, Hawaii Kai) approaches therapeutic partnerships from a collaborative, holistic perspective and employs evidence-based practices in her work to best address client’s unique needs, assisting them in navigating life’s challenges with authenticity and purpose.
Kai works with individuals needing extra support during life transitions, those coping with depression and/or anxiety, substance abuse, challenges of multigenerational living, and caregivers. Kai is also especially connected to assisting women during the postpartum period and through the various stages of motherhood.
Kai utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques, individualized to client needs, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems theory and client-centered modalities. Kai is grateful and honored to assist others on their journeys feel understood, facilitate growth and live with intention and congruence.
Katie DeMent, LMHC (Eaton Square, Hawaii Kai, Kailua) is on your side as you do your best to navigate through the dualities of life. Katie's goal is to help and support individuals and families in their search for balance, connections and strength. Developing a strong mindfulness practice in her own life has helped her found techniques that can be beneficial for others that are looking to try new ways of interacting with themselves and the world around them. Learning ways to cultivate gratitude is a huge emphasis in her practice and has been successful in helping others see how it can be powerful in shifting perspectives, strengthening relationships and finding peace in the present moment.
Katie has been working in the field of the helping profession for the last ten years in Hawaii. The majority of her clients have been youth and adults who have experienced trauma and as a result develop depression, anxiety, adjustment challenges and substance abuse.
Katie is trained to work with clients through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy lens, with an emphasis on trauma informed care, who also incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Art and Group Therapy, Mindfulness, Person Centered and Existential theoretical approaches.
Keanimaikalani Hueu, LMFT (Hawaii Kai/Eaton Square) works with a range of clients, including individuals (of all ages), couples, and families.
Her areas of expertise include stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, ADHD, depression and ODD. She also has a strong background working closely with families on building a strong bond with each other and helping them understand each family members viewpoint.
Being born and raised on the island of Oahu, but having lived on the mainland, Keani is accepting of all cultural backgrounds and lifestyles, and she strives to create an environment where any and everyone can feel comfortable being themselves.
Keani is a strong believer in experiential therapy and work closely with each client to achieve the goals they set out for themselves by walking with them through their journey. She is a person and client-centered therapist, meaning she works with the client while holding them as the expert in their life. Her approach also includes humanistic, cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic counseling. She believes in treating others in a respectful manner at all times and lead sessions in a very open environment.
Marissa Buendicho, LCSW (Hawaii Kai, Eaton Square) passionate, culturally responsive, and creative and has more than ten years of experience in community-based therapy, crisis and suicide intervention, medical and behavioral health case management, and client advocacy.
A proud graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a Chamorro/Pilipina born and raised in Kalihi, Marissa deeply understands the nuances and complexities of issues that affect local youth, adults and families within a culturally responsive context.
Specialities include: art and music therapy, community-based education with youth, domestic violence counseling and advocacy, and medical and behavioral health case management.
Marissa provides you with a warm and empathetic environment to collaboratively work through your challenges; with a focus on empowerment and improving your quality of life. Using such modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Existential Psychology, Solution Focused Therapy and Arts in Therapy, she will provide you with guidance and support that truly embody the Aloha spirit.
Natalie Quintana, LCSW (Eaton Square, Kailua) believes in the possibilities for healing and growth in therapy through a genuine collaborative relationship and has been providing exceptional guidance and support to individuals and families since 2013.
Natalie offers compassionate care and effective treatment by creating a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space to help individuals navigate through difficult life changes.
Natalie helps clients learn new skills to handle difficult thoughts and emotions so that they have less on an impact on their life. She also helps clients clarify values so that they can thrive in a life that is meaningful.
Her specialties include helping individuals work through depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, grief, loss, addiction, or other life transitions. Natalie is trained in the ACT model (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). She also uses Emotionally Focused and Cognitive Behavioral interventions.
Natalie will help you find your courageous path toward self discovery.
Joan Parker-Dias, MSN, APRN-CNS, RN (Hawaii Kai) has been working in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for more than 28 years and is both an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and therapist.
She works with clients by helping them change unhelpful patterns and providing support for their new path forward. Joan uses Behavior Focused Therapy techniques, as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help her clients learn the skills they need for long-term behavior change.
Joan works with adults, as well as children and adolescents and enjoys swimming, movies, and walking her two dogs!
Joanne Humphreys, LMFT (Hawaii Kai/Eaton Square) works with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families and offers an empathetic ear, a non-judgemental environment, and a caring, supportive atmosphere.
Joanne specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered Therapy, and she works diligently with clients to find the right balance between guidance, support, and accountability, so clients get the most out of sessions.
As a collaborator and support system, Joanne works together with clients to help improve quality of life through developing healthier coping skills to assist them in dealing with stress-provoking situations. And, let's face it: There are plenty of stress-provoking situations out there!
Robert A. Locklear, LMHC, CSAC, NCC (Hawaii Kai/ Eaton Square, Kailua) is a Hawaii Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a National Board Certified Counselor. He graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University.
Robert specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Experiential Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to improve your quality of life and develop healthier coping skills.
His approach works effectively with adult individuals, couples, and families to better manage anxiety and depressive stressors. Robert was born and raised on the island of Oahu and enjoys his family time, gym, and the occasional weekend BBQs.
Robert is accepting of all cultural, spiritual, and sexual orientations and maintains a safe therapeutic-working relationship.
Emilyann Shupe, LMFT (Eaton Square) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as an Elementary School Counselor. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced trauma and need support with social/emotional stress and mental health concerns.
She is comfortable working with families with young children and has experience in parent coaching and parent education. Emilyann also has a passion for helping couples and family members (such as parent-child or sibling-sibling) improve their communication and connection in conjoint therapy. It's her goal to create a safe comfortable space for her clients to share the stress and struggles of their lives and relationships.
She has a directive, yet compassionate coach-like style and is committed to supporting client’s in achieving their goals.
Caralie Greven, LMHC (Hawaii Kai/Eaton Square) is a recent transplant from Washington and has been in the mental health field for more than five years.
As a military spouse she is familiar with the struggles of soldiers and family members alike; as a Therapist, she is passionate about offering a listening ear and an open heart to allow clients the space to develop insights and create lasting change in their lives. With an upbeat demeanor and an emphasis on personal empowerment, she believes that client collaboration is the ultimate path to lasting mental health and wellness.
Caralie particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, and often utilizes art, music, cognitive behavioral strategies, and mindfulness in sessions. At this time, Caralie’s license is only valid in Washington State; therefore, Caralie is Xplor Counseling's Life Coach who works with self-pay clients.
Lisa Mundon, LMHC, BCC (Kailua) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, and Board Certified Coach with 25 years in the mental health and wellness field. She has extensive experience treating at-risk/incarcerated youth, adolescents to young adults, foster youth, LGBTQ population, and families and individuals of various cultures and socioeconomic status.
Her specialties include stress management, anxiety, behavior change, depression, anger management, health/wellness and personal/life coaching, crisis and suicide prevention/intervention, and motivational interviewing.
Lisa was born and raised on the island of Moloka’i and moved to O’ahu where she experienced cultural and lifestyle diversity and acceptance. She’s direct yet creates a safe, caring, supportive, non-judgmental environment for clients by having an empathetic, listening ear and fostering a collaborative approach. She believes that people are the experts in what they need and with utilizing various therapies one can be empowered to gain insight into their strengths and unlock their potential.
Maisa Thayer, LSW (Kailua) believes that by going tenderly into our suffering we can cultivate strength and emerge anew. Maisa specializes in trauma informed care, interpersonal violence, as well as Substance Abuse, transitioning relationships or careers, anxiety, depression, self discovery and self worth.
She pays careful attention to who YOU are.
She works with both individuals and couples to understand their personal goals and learn about their unique strengths. She believes that by collaborating together, a path towards healing and growth can be found.
She has eight years of experience in psychodynamic work, combined with her personal passion for self-expansion. She integrates modern modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Narrative Therapy into a Holistic, Client-Centered approach.
Through the therapeutic relationship, Maisa's goal is to support your journey to create joyful and fulfilling relationships, unblock any subconscious limiting beliefs to unlock your true potential, find self-acceptance & self-confidence by releasing shame, guilt, and self criticism, focus on self worth & success, and feel more grounded & courageous in your life.
Jessica Wood, LMHC (Hawaii Kai) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, national board certified counselor, and psychology adjunct instructor. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State/European Division and has been teaching in the field since 2008.
She has extensive experience working with military populations and specialized understanding of the unique stressors faced by the nation’s warriors and their families. Jessica is also a parenting and family advocate.
Jessica has strong interest in treating relationship issues, parenting concerns, stress and anger management, mood and anxiety disturbances, and life transitions.
Jessica uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Psychodynamic, and Client Centered modalities and also offers Christian counseling for clients who prefer a more spirituality-focused perspective.
Dr. Stephanie Dixon, PhD, LMHC, CSOTP, CCTP (Aiea) works with individuals, couples, and families from all backgrounds and is committed to making each client feel heard, understood, and valued.
Dr. Dixon helps clients work through past and current experiences related to family dynamics, trauma, fear, anxiety, emotional pain, low self-esteem, depression, addictions and self-sabotaging behaviors, so you can move forward and be the best version of yourself. Dr. Dixon is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and specializes in helping clients work through past and current traumatic experiences.
Dr. Dixon is an expert at helping you gain a deep sense of self awareness and trust in yourself, so you can examine new ways of addressing and dealing with problems and accept the responsibility of changing. She does this in the context of a caring, supportive environment where you can expect empathy, as well as the guidance you need to move forward and change the things and relationships that are holding you back.
Skye Morrison, LSW (Kailua groups) is a licensed social worker, life coach, and group facilitator, with more than 15 years experience working with clients facing a wide range of life challenges.
She is a holistic practitioner, grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Skye offers deep listening, empathy and a non-judgmental, directive approach in working with people. She has an extensive background in medical social work, hospice, and medical-aide-in-dying, helping people who are confronting their own end-of-life issues, and assisting loved ones and caretakers who are coping with grief.
She also works with those going through major life transitions, such as divorce, retirement, job loss, widowhood, and empty nest syndrome. Skye is very drawn to working with people going through major transitional periods.
She believes there are many paths to happiness, and is open to utilizing different modalities, both conventional and alternative, in helping people to access their most authentic selves and their joy in life.
Jennifer Newell, LMFT (Hawaii Kai/Eaton Square) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Hawaii and Colorado. She is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with more than 20 years experience working with children of all ages in community mental health, school settings and residential treatment. In addition, Jennifer is also a Certified trauma professional
Jennifer has worked with couples, individuals, families and children of all ages who have social/emotional behavioral problems, mental health concerns, and who have experienced trauma. Jennifer specializes in couples counseling, early childhood to adolescence, trauma, play therapy, ADHD, depression and anxiety, and stress and anger management.
Taryn Dean, LCSW, CSAC, MAC (Kailua groups and individual telehealth only) focuses on women’s mental health and providing divorce support to women transitioning out of partnership and marriage. She has more than 15 years of experience working with women and families in Hawaii as well as specialized training in addictions counseling.
Taryn understands the unique needs of women going through divorce and the ongoing challenges of co-parenting and blended families. She uses a client centered, insight-oriented approach and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy in working with clients.
Taryn is committed to helping women feel heard, understood and supported during major family transitions. She believes in an integrated and holistic approach to therapy and offers women’s groups to complement individual sessions while building connection, courage and community.
Joanne Yen, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a national board-certified counselor. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling in both Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Joanne’s clinical experience includes both inpatient and outpatient capacities in all age ranges though she has specialized in severe mental illness and child/adolescent psychology. She engages an integrative approach that is person-centered with specialization in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Christian Counseling.
As a bilingual (Mandarin Chinese and English) first generation American citizen to immigrant parents, Joanne understands the difficulties of navigating between different cultural expectations and finding personal identity as a hyphenated American. Joanne is also a military spouse and is familiar with the unique issues facing military families.
Joanne is straightforward and transparent in her communication yet empathetic and compassionate in supporting clients to reach their full potential and becoming confident decision-makers.
Jessica Brison (Chief Financial Officer)
Jessica has been with Xplor Counseling since 2019 and is responsible for all the practice's insurance and billing needs. If it involves money, Jessica is on it!
Jessica started off with her Associates of Arts degree at Chaffey College, where she had originally wanted to study law, but quickly found love in finance.
She worked for 10 years in accounts receivable and collections before making her way into medical billing; where she’s been for the last 15 years. Her experience has been in Optometry, Ophthalmology, and Skilled Nursing until we brought her onboard to enter the world of mental health!
Jessica is a mom of 2 and a loving wife. In her free time, she owns and operates her own crocheting business, which has been running for 14 years!
Xplor Our Staff
Wendy Taylor (Chief Operating Officer)
Wendy has been with Xplor Counseling since 2019 and is our Chief Operating Officer and "doer" of all things. She keeps our operation running smoothly, credentials new clinicians, and is the heartbeat of the practice. In addition to her duties as COO, she also is our Human Resources Dept., HIPAA compliance officer, and social media director.
Wendy has worked in the therapeutic community for many years and focused mainly on helping those in a homeless situation. She is also in pursuit of her PsyD in Psychology.
In her free time, you'll find Wendy tooling around on her scooter or sailing on her boat. She has a partner and two children, with whom she lives.
Stephanie Phan (Intake Coordinator/Client Happiness Manager)
Stephanie is the friendly voice you'll hear when you call Xplor Counseling, and she is responsible for helping our potential clients find the perfect fit with an Xplor clinician.
Stephanie also helps our clients manage and use their insurance coverage and also verifies benefits and coverage.
Stephanie is an old-hat at intake, as she has performed these duties before for a psychologist office. She definitely knows her way around client/clinician relationships, and Xplor is fortunate to have her on our team!
people we've helped
377 Keahole St., Suite E211-C
Honolulu, HI 96825
438 Hobron Ln. #405
Honolulu, HI 96815
970 N. Kalaheo Ave. Suite A214
Kailua, HI 96734
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy # 201, Aiea, HI 96701
By Appointment Only
7 Days a Week 9am-9pm
Directions to Hawaii Kai:
Take H1 Eastbound until it turnst into Kalanianaole Hwy. Take Kalanianaole Hwy to Keahole St. Take a left onto Keahole St., then, at the third stop light, take a right into the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (Safeway and Longs). Park by the McDonalds and go into the Marina Building (Fantastic Sams, H2O Watersports). Take the staircase by Fantastic Sams, then turn left at the top of the stairs. Go into the last door on the left marked "Xplor Counseling." Go down the hallway until you see glass doors on your right with our sign. NOTE: If you use the GPS on your device, it may take you to the shopping center with Costco. This is not correct. We are located in the shopping center with Safeway and Longs.
Directions to Eaton Square:
From the East-Side: Take the H1 Wesbound to Kapiolani Blvd. Take Kapiolani Blvd. town-bound, then take a left onto McCully. Go over the bridge, then take a right onto Ala Wai Blvd. Take a left onto Lipeepee St. At the stop sign, you will see a parking garage on your left. At any level, you can enter the Villa Professional Plaza and take the elevator to the 4th floor.
From the West-Side: Take H1 Eastbound, then take exit 18A toward HI-92 (E/Waikiki/Nimitz Hwy). Take HI-92 as it turns ito Ala Moana Blvd. Turn left onto Hobron Ln. At the end of the street, you'll see the parking garage straight ahead. Park at any level, enter the Villa Professional Plaza, then take the elevator to the 4th floor.
Directions to Kailua:
From the East Side: Take Kalanianaole Hwy to Kailua Rd. Take a left onto Kailua Rd. Continue onto Ku'ulei Rd. Turn left onto N. Kalaheo Rd. Pali Palms Plaza will be on your right, with ample parking. Our suite is in the left building #A214.
From the West Side:
Take H1 Eastbound to exit 20A. Merge onto HI-63 N/Kalihi St toward Likelike Hwy/Bishop Mueum. Continue onto Kaneohe Bay Dr. Continue onto HI-630 E/HI 65/Mokapu Saddle Rd. Pali Palms Plaza will be 2 miles down on your right. We are in the building to the left in suite A214.
Directions to Aiea:
From the East Side: Take H1 W to H201 W. Merge onto H201 W toward Aiea, Fort Shafter. Keep left on H201 W toward Aiea, Pearlridge. Continue onto Kamehameha Hwy. Turn right onto Kanuku St. Parking will be on your left.
From the West Side: Take H1 E. Take exit 10 toward Pearlridge/Waimalu. Merge onto Moanalua Rd. Turn right onto Kaahumanu St. Turn left onto HI-99 E. Turn left onto Kanuku St. Turn left and parking will be to your right.