Are you or your loved one struggling with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and/or substance use disorders? Have you experienced trauma, but remain unsure how to handle it? Perhaps you’ve suffered a loss and feel overwhelmed by your grief. Are you or they having difficulty accessing care or even just uncertain how to begin? As Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), we are ready to help.
Pag-asa in Paradise: Where we believe, “Kabang ating bie ating pag-asa. So long as there’s life, there’s hope. ”
The State of Hawai’i has one of the lowest rates of mental illness in the United States. Yet, for those seeking behavioral health services, this fact fails to adequately capture the significant shortage of available providers on the Big Island or the disproportionate impact it has on some communities. We believe that although there is much optimism living in “paradise”, the need for mental health services cannot be dismissed.
That’s why as our practice continues to grow, we are committed to better serving the community by adding additional therapists, as well as offering supervision for MSW candidates seeking practicum hours or Masters Level social workers seeking their clinical supervision hours.
Pamela Torigoe, LCSW
Our founder, Pamela Torigoe, LCSW graduated from the University of Washington School of Social Work, a graduate school tied for the #3 spot on the US News and World Report rankings of Best Schools for Social Work for the last several years. She gained her expertise serving as a Child and Family Welfare Social Worker for Washington State, a Social Worker at Hilo Medical Center covering inpatient units like Hale Ho’ola (Behavioral Health), Obstetrics, Medical, and Surgical/Pediatrics, and currently serves as a Medical Social Worker for one of the local health plans in Hawai’i County.
Born in the Philippines and raised in the South Bay (a suburban region found in Southern California), she closely identifies with the immigrant experience (having moved to the United States at the age of 20 months) and guides her practice with the strong cultural values of community, family, and hope instilled in her since childhood. She relocated to Hilo in 2014 and is honored to serve the Big Island Community.
Sarah Fui, LCSW
Sarah Fui, LCSW, was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii and is a graduate of our very own Hilo High School. She attended Brigham Young University Hawaii where she double majored and received a BS in Social Work and a BA in Hawaiian Studies. She then went on to receive a Masters of Social Work at the University of Utah. She has experience working with all ages from children and adolescents to adults who struggle with a variety of mental health issues including, anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation, self-harm, grief & loss, PTSD, relationship difficulties, and low self-esteem.
Sarah uses a wide variety of therapy models and techniques to best suit the needs of the individual she is working with including the following:
CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
Strength-based/Solution Focused Therapy
Art, Music and Play Therapies