Renae is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma treatment. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawai’i and practiced on ‘Oahu for 15 years. Renae has been working in the field of complex trauma throughout her career using evidence-based strategies including EMDR and ART to help individuals heal and grow beyond trauma. Renae has experience working with emerging adults, adults, and couples navigating what it means to overcome obstacles to live a life they find meaningful. Renae is also trained in group therapy and has been leading experiential and process groups for 11 years.
As a therapist, Renae practices from a trauma-informed, Person-Centered approach incorporating Psychodynamic theory, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), and Nueroscience from a strengths-based perspective. She believes in working collaboratively to develop a clear plan to reach your goals for therapy while uncovering and building from your strengths. Developing a holistic understanding of the connection between how our brain processes information, our body responses, our emotions, and thoughts can help us take a fresh perspective on challenges that you may have been struggling with for a while. Renae also specializes in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, identity, LGBTQIA+, attachment, and relationship issues.
“Often struggles or hardships we experience push us into following old patterns that may not fit our values or how we want to effectively live our lives. Therapy can be an opportunity to creatively forge a new path that fits the person you are today or to discover a deeper understanding of who you are. In addressing trauma, whether the event happened a month ago, or 20 years ago, there are effective strategies we can utilize together to help you heal and grow beyond that harm. I encourage you to come into a session, willing to be curious or courageous, and discover something new.”