Damon Ackerman, LMHC, helps transform the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families, with the overarching goal of strengthening the island community as a whole. Damon’s approach is eclectic, informed by cultural sensitivity, leading-edge practices in therapy, holistic health, and the mindfulness movement. His methods, refined over several years of professional experience on most of the Hawaiian islands, are both comforting and creative as well as steadfast and respectful. He teaches individuals and families how to generate hope, understand and articulate their challenges, build better skills, develop innovative solutions, improve cohesiveness in both intrapersonal and interpersonal relating, and expand the quality of life.
Researching Neurodiversity and Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially High-Functioning Autism, is paramount to Damon both personally and professionally. As a graduate student of the APA-accredited Hawaii School of Professional Psychology in Honolulu, Damon’s dissertation on Autism was accepted at the American Psychological Association’s 121st Annual Convention. Damon is highly attuned to the complexities of ASD.
Damon knows that a child or adult with a diagnosis is just as capable as any; and, with the correct support, can learn to cope and succeed. He has learned how to heal and empower individuals and families by motivating children to behave, helping teenagers to negotiate, adults to cope, and coaching parents to be more effective.
During his free time, Damon enjoys improving body-mind vitality with friends and family by spending time in the ‘aina, focusing on fitness and nutrition, tenaciously researching, and facilitating community game nights.
“In all cultures, the family imprints its members with selfhood. The human experience of identity has two elements; a sense of belonging and a sense of being separate. The laboratory in which these ingredients are mixed and dispensed is the family, the matrix of identity.”
– Salvador Minuchin