Entries by Savannah Maa

Children & Mental Health

Mental health is not only a concern for adults but children, too. Currently, an estimated one in 10 kids between the ages of five and 16 struggle with a diagnosable mental health disorder. Children must receive appropriate care when they begin to show signs of struggle or distress. Therapy for children helps them develop resilience […]

The Power of Healing Touch

Everything in the universe exists in various forms of energy, and the human body is no exception. Moreover, these energy systems continuously interface and influence each other. This interdependence includes the effects of energy from other things and people; even your own energy field affects itself. The continual influence is evident in an individual’s physical, […]

The Importance of Family Therapy

What is family? Depending on where you are and who you’re asking, the answer is likely to vary. In Hawai`i, family – “ohana” – embraces more than someone’s blood relatives. A person’s family might include close friends, work colleagues, or people who are a part of similar groups, such as a sports team or hobby. […]

Couples and Marriage Counseling

“You have to break a couple eggs to build an omelette.” ~ Unknown Marriage counseling, couples counseling, or couples therapy, is a distinct type of counseling designed explicitly for intimate partners. Counseling for couples is an instrumental resource for improving, healing, and growing both individually and together within the dynamics of their partnership. Romantic relationships […]

Psychiatric Medical Care Through Lifestyle: The Mind-Body Connection (Part 1 of 2)

Discussions concerning prevention, treatment and mental health maintenance habitually center around psychotherapy or psychiatric medication interventions. While these methods are invaluable, we must be cautious not to neglect the other elements of our health. Humans are triune beings consisting of the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. Each aspect is interconnected and influential on […]

Mahalo – Being Present with Gratitude

The expression for gratitude we often hear in Hawaii is “Mahalo.” This word however  does not translate directly into “thank you” even though that is a part of the expression. MAHALO is a pause with a purpose. “Ma” loosely meaning within, “Ha” referring to the breath of life, and “Alo”  an expression for being in […]

The World of Eating Disorders

Like many mental health illnesses, the conversations around eating disorders are generally riddled with myths and misconceptions. Part of this is due to how EDs are portrayed through social media, television, and movies. The misunderstandings often lead to many people not receiving the help they need. It’s not just diagnosed eating disorders but disordered eating, […]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a specific form of psychotherapy derived from the well-known Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). DBT was initially developed as a treatment for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or who were experiencing severe suicidal behaviors. It was later discovered that DBT was an effective treatment for other mental health […]