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 (Aina Haina) 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.
Katie DeMent, LMHC (Aina Haina, Eaton Square, 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.
Kai Hammond, LMHC (Aina Haina, Eaton Square) 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.
Jasmin Chang, LCSW (Eaton Square, Aiea) has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of behavioral and emotional challenges. Her area of expertise includes trauma, anxiety, depression/mood disorders, autism, behavioral issues, and anger management. She also has experience with parent training and promoting healthy parent-child interactions.
Jasmin utilizes an eclectic and personalized approach to best fit her client’s needs. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, as well as social skills training.
She also incorporates fun, mindfulness-based activities that teach valuable coping skills and are enjoyable for children of all ages.
Jasmin strives to provide a safe space that is genuine, compassionate, holistic, and collaborative. She believes that every child is resilient and has the remarkable capacity to heal and discover joy. Jasmin is also bilingual in English and Korean.
Marissa Buendicho, LCSW (Aina Haina, 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.
Joanne Humphreys, LMFT (Aina Haina/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!
Joanne Yen, LMHC, NCC (Telehealth) 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, Dialectical 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.
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.
Dr. Ramona Chinn (Lisette) APRN (Kailua, AIea) has more than 20 years of experience providing therapeutic services to individuals. She has experience in positive parenting , healthy relationship building, and cognitive behavioral therapies.
As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, she takes an integrative approach to therapy that includes honoring the mind, body, and spirit. She helps individuals and families reduce distractions and tune into what's most important to them. She has also taught mindfulness extensively as an antidote to the anxiety and stress that can result from a modern day, fast-paced lifestyle.
She can also help those who want to integrate spiritual beliefs into the therapy process. She promotes self-empowerment and creative self-expression into her process. Her approach is solution-focused, strength-based, and affirming.
Dr. Chinn is licensed to prescribe medications for children and adolescents as an adjunct to counseling when indicated, and she can make recommendations to her adult clients in need of this additional
Robert A. Locklear, LMHC, CSAC, NCC (Aina Haina, 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.
Kelsi Yonting, LMFT (Kailua, Aiea) is marriage and family therapist licensed in Hawaii with more than five years experience working as a Behavioral Health Specialist and Substance Use Counselor.
She has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, addiction, and other mental health conditions.
Kelsi's counseling style is warm and interactive. She believes in treating each individual with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
Her approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and solution-focused counseling. She tailors your treatment to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step, Kelsi is here to support and empower you.
Mindie Ching, LMFT (Eaton Square, Aina Haina) believes that therapy isn’t necessarily about “fixing what’s wrong” with you. Rather, it’s a place to recognize and develop what you do well. People are full of inherent strengths and talents that can be discovered and refined to extend one’s potential and utilized when times are challenging.
Through active listening, empathy and understanding, Mindie offers insight, perspective and support to empower her clients to navigate their life path. Mindie has cultivated 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults through individual, dyad/couples, family and group therapy sessions. Her theoretical orientation uses Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and a culturally-sensitive approach. These techniques are used to assist clients dealing with issues such as trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, life transitions, relationship issues, grief and loss.
Mindie’s role is goal and insight-oriented and utilizes task/homework, tool and assessment strategies to act as coach and mediator to guide clients in attaining what they want and/or need to achieve. A therapist who is down to earth and humorous, Mindie believes in “keeping it real” and will conduct sessions by treating you with aloha, compassion and without judgment. She considers it a joy to connect with clients no matter what season they’re experiencing, and it’s a privilege to witness their personal growth and transformation.
Ann Marten, LCSW (Kailua) believes in creating choices and finding resilience when providing care for her clients, and during her 30+ years as a therapist, she has gained experience supporting and guiding individuals, couples, and families toward personal growth and improved relationships.
Ann specializes in couples counseling, parenting issues, loss, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and play therapy with children. After working with military families for nine years, Ann also specializes in helping military families overcome the sometimes daunting task of transition and relationship stress.
Ann is flexible, compassionate and open to challenges, no matter what your journey may be. I use cognitive behavioral and other evidence based therapies, as well as psychoeducation to help my clients find their way back to happiness--or get there for the first time.
Joan Parker-Dias, MSN, APRN-CNS, RN (Aina Haina) 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!
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.
David Sprouse, LMHC, CSAC (Kailua, Aiea) “Everything you’ve faced so far, you have survived. I believe it is within reach to not only survive, but thrive”.
People often say Dave’s “casual style” and “attention to detail” helps others quickly feel comfortable opening up and sharing their story.
Dave is passionate about seeing others thrive in growth and happiness. Dave uses a combination and personalized approach to counseling to help each person discover the power within themselves to experience positive change as needed.
David has specialized experience in counseling those participating in medication assisted treatment such as methadone and suboxone, and his prior military, medical, teaching and coaching experience allows him to diversify therapeutic approaches.
Common approaches used are CBT, Person-Centered, and integrated wellness approaches to incorporate physical and emotional wellness components. Dave has extensive experience helping those battling substance use.
Dave also has experience in vocational and academic counseling with ages 10 and up.
Taneasha E. Evans, LCSW (Aina Haina, Eaton Square)
"Tee” spent 12 years working with trauma survivors and currently provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy for clients who come from an array of cultural backgrounds.
Tee is passionate about everyone being able to have a counselor who is culturally competent and creates a space for all walks of life. As a counselor, she has worked with clients coping with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and everyday life stressors. She looks for the strength of every client to help overcome symptoms that interfere with his/her life.
Tee is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR therapy.
Tee offers support to guide you as you face obstacles that interfere with your ability to find happiness in your daily life. That means creating tangible goals that are achievable as you become the best version of you.
Heather Heintz, LCSW, PMH-C (Telehealth) is dedicated to helping her clients develop an integrated and liberated sense of self by allowing the space to be in the messiness of grief. Heather specializes in perinatal loss, maternal and paternal mental health, all types of grief and post traumatic growth. She also works with coparenting couples who seek to improve their relationship for the sake of their mutual children.
Heather believes that losing "our people," especially our children, can feel impossible, but that with support and trust we can move from the absolute heartbreak and find new ways of being that honor our ties to our lost loved ones. Her goal is to help you hallmark your experience and incorporate your story of loss into who you are becoming.
Heather brings to her practice years of being a hospice spiritual and bereavement counselor, a certification in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and her own experience as a baby-lost parent to create an inclusive space of deep listening and understanding. She helps her clients navigate the trauma, family and social stressors during and after loss.
Heather also takes into consideration the ways oppressive systems impact mental health. She incorporates years of practicing Engaged Buddhism to help clients learn mindfulness and apply the insights from meditation to their work and growth through the therapeutic process.
Erica Castillo LMFT (Eaton Square, Aiea) understands that everything you do in life is a risk. Dating, marriage, picking the right friends, standing up for yourself, quitting a job, starting a new career, and the list goes on. She understands the value of having someone who is there to be supportive and by your side without judgment as you go and create the life you want for yourself-and she wants to be that person for her clients.
Erica’s approach to therapy is collaborative, solution focused, client centered and psycho-dynamic. She believes that exploring and learning to navigate unknown territories will bring about confidence, clarity and peace of mind by helping individuals understand themselves and the world around them better.
Erica’s goal is to help individuals live their life to the fullest and go after whatever it is that makes them happiest. She works with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, difficult breakups and trauma. Erica looks forward to working with you to provide you with a life of endless possibilities, adventures and growth in the direction you wish to move forward.
Justine Johnson, LMFT, LMHC, RAS (Aiea) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Addiction Specialist. She completed her Master of Science with a major in Counseling from Barry University with a Dual Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy.
Justine provides individual, family, and couples therapy. She has experience working with various populations: children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Justine also has years of experience working with those struggling with substance abuse/addiction, autism and related disorders, anxiety, depression, and behavior issues. Justine is also a culturally competent counselor, experienced working with various races, ethnicities, religions, and those identifying as a part of the LGBTQAI community.
Justine utilizes a collaborative, yet directive approach and specializes in several modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Behavior Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Person Centered Therapy. Justine has also completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses it in her couples therapy work.
Anna Holt, FNP, APRN is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a background in family medicine and primary care. She has a passion for behavioral health because after nearly a decade in primary care, she has seen that improving patient’s mental and emotional health can be the single most effective step towards improving their overall health and wellbeing.
With a primary care background, she approaches mental health concerns with a whole-person perspective. This will inform her evaluation, which takes into account a comprehensive health history and a consideration for medical conditions which may be impacting one’s mood.
As a prescriber, she offers a mindful approach to the use of medications, but also strives to present and utilize evidence-based non-pharmacologic interventions and lifestyle changes to improve mood.
She has a collaborative style centered on selecting medical and non-medical therapies that align with the patient’s interests, values,and goals
Alexis Elfalan (MCMHC) Alexis Is someone who believes in your ability to restore balance and happiness to your own life. Alexis is aware of the many stressors that arise while deciding which direction to steer your life. She helps clients navigate through these difficulties to regain a sense of stability and peace.
Alexis has performed a majority of her clinical work on Oahu providing counseling services to clients from all walks of life. She has experience in a variety of settings including intensive outpatient centers, classrooms, private practices, and community health care offices. Alexis specializes in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma/abuse-related disorders, and behavioral concerns related to neurological and developmental conditions.
Alexis works collaboratively with her clients and their loved ones to address issues and concerns impeding sense of purpose and healthy existence. Through connection and communication, she seeks to provide a safe space for clients to share and unwind. Alexis strives to provide her clients with tangible tools and skills that enable personal success and fulfillment in all areas of life.
Christiana Chun, LCSW (Aina Haina, Kailua) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a historic focus on child and adolescent issues. Christiana believes in a client-centered, collaborative, and culturally sensitive approach in navigating life’s stressors and has worked primarily with those experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidality, post traumatic stress, relationship issues, and challenges with transitions.
Christiana has experience working with multidisciplinary teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Through her work, she continues to learn that children, adolescents, and families are extremely resilient even through adverse life experiences.
Christiana adopts an integrative approach that highlights Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Therapy. She also integrates skills training in areas of coping and mindfulness to promote physical and emotional safety. Christiana believes that such practices are essential in improving the relationship with self and with others.
Brett D Howard, PhD, APRN (Aina Haina) is a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of psychology and human behavior. Brett has a doctorate in consulting psychology and has provided behavior modification and performance improvement consultation to individuals and organizations across the United States.
As a psychiatric/mental health NP, Brett has experience providing both inpatient and outpatient services and is the founder of Reboot Behavioral Science, a focus & performance clinic in Washington, DC. Brett’s psychotherapeutic style blends performance coaching with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has developed a particular specialty in treating ADHD, work & school performance difficulties and young adults who have “failed to launch.”
Brett is also a Virgo who actually does enjoy long walks along the beach, his two schnauzers, any movies with superheroes, and being active in the therapy/group consultation world where he conducts workshops on blending psychotherapy with improvisational theater techniques.
Xplor Our Staff
Wendy Taylor (Intake Coordinator, Chief Operating Officer)
Wendy has been with Xplor Counseling since 2019 and is our Intake Coordinator and Chief Operating Officer. She is the friendly voice you'll hear on the other end of the phone, email, and chat--and she is tasked with making sure our clients get the right clinician. She also keeps our operation running smoothly, provides clinician support, as well as logistics of the company.
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 three children, with whom she lives.
850 W. Hind Dr. Suite 210
Honolulu, HI 96821
438 Hobron Ln. #405
Honolulu, HI 96815
970 N. Kalaheo Ave. Suite A214
Kailua, HI 96734
98-084 Kamehameha Hwy.
Aiea, HI 96701
By Appointment Only
7 Days a Week 9am-9pm
(Intake Hours Mon-Fri 9-4)
Directions to Aina Haina:
Take H1 Eastbound until it turns into Kalanianaole Hwy. Take Kalanianaole Hwy. to W Hind Dr. and take an immediate right into the parking lot by the Professional Building. We are the first door on the right after you take the elevator to the second floor.
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.