Nā Pu‘uwai’s philosophy is that health includes the mind and the emotions, not just the body.
Good physical health is difficult to maintain if mental and emotional needs are not taken care of. Therefore, we offer a wide range of effective, culturally sensitive approaches to improve the mental and emotional health and well-being of the communities we serve. These services offer assistance when habits, behaviors, stresses, worry, or emotional concerns about physical or other life problems interfere with daily life. Our Psychologists and Counselors help people understand their symptoms, and teach them new skills and behaviors to improve their health and well-being. They often work with your Primary Care Provider.
At your first appointment, the counselor will ask you questions about
your physical health, medical and psychiatric history, emotions, behaviors, stress, concerns, workload, living situation, etc. The two of you could discuss how all of these might be related. Nā Pu‘uwai’s counselors also understand that, in our communities, we come from different social and cultural backgrounds. You might also talk about this at your first appointment.
First appointments will generally last from 30 minutes to one hour. Follow-up appointments will be set depending on what you need, and can range from 15 minutes to one hour.
Nā Pu‘uwai’s Psychologists and Counselors are either Native Hawaiian, or have a strong commitment to working in rural areas and an openness to our rural, Hawaiian island culture.
Our Psychologists have doctorates in Clinical Psychology, with specialty training in Primary Care, Health, and/or Child Psychology. Our other licensed Counselors have Master’s degrees in Social Work and/or Counseling, and decades of experience. Some of our Counselors are doctoral students in their final year of clinical training (“interns”) whose services are supervised by a licensed Clinical Psychologist. They are based out of Honolulu, and fly to Moloka‘i 2-3 times per week. One of our licensed Counselors is also a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner (ho‘oponopono).
Primary care providers, local agencies, and individuals are all able to refer and/or make an appointment for behavioral health services by calling (808) 560-3653. You do not need a doctor's referral. Appointments are typically set within 1-3 weeks.
Na Pu’uwai is a National Health Service Corps Site. We serve all patients regardless of ability to pay. Discounts for services are offered based on family size and income. We do not deny services based on a person’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. We do accept insurance, including Medicaid (Adults and Children) and Medicare. For more information, contact us at (808) 560-3653.
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
We sometimes have evening classes.