About EAP

001 aboutOur statewide network of Employee Assistance Professionals supports our statewide customers. In addition to a strong, experienced staff in our Honolulu corporate office, we have a diverse proprietary network of clinicians across the Hawaiian islands.

This network of providers gives our companies an unmatched breadth of behavioral health expertise, and gives employees and their family members more choices and convenient locations.

And all it takes is one simple phone call to our central office. We know our providers and their specialties – they’re not just names on a list to us. We will make sure we find the right provider for you – whether you are looking for someone to train your company or someone who can work with your family – we have the expertise to help!


 Who We Are

General Partners


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David W. Mitchell, MA, LMHC (WA), CEAP, SAP

>>> Dave's kuleana has been Employee Assistance work for many years, having served over a thousand businesses. Before joining Employee Assistance of the Pacific, he ran WorkLife Hawaii as well as a large, regional EAP based in Seattle with national contracts and global employees -- First Choice Health EAP. He is active and well-respected in the EAP field, was elected President of the Hawaii Chapter and of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of EAPA. He has advanced critical incident training and experience, and has helped hundreds of businesses across Hawaii and the U.S. stay resilient following traumatic events. In addition, he has responded to large-scale events as a supervisor of clinicians, including the World Trade Center attack. He is a skilled trainer, a clinician with decades of experience, and oversees all administrative functions at this organization. He also is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a DOT-Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). He spends most of his time providing management consultations to our corporate clients across the Hawaiian islands and is ready to help your small, local business or large, global business access positive, proactive, robust EAP services that help your employees and your bottom line.
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Vali Hawkins-Mitchell, PhD, LMHC, REAT, CEAP

>>> Vali brings a wealth of experience to Employee Assistance of the Pacific. In addition to her work as a counselor and executive coach, she is a well-published author. Four of her books, Your Guide to Workplace Violence, The Manager's Guide to Bullies in the WorkplaceThe Cost of Emotions in the Workplace, and Emotional Terrors in the Workplace, directly relate to EAP work in helping businesses as well as employees recognize how to work with emotions as well as challenging people. In addition to her work here, she runs ImproVizion Consulting, where she provides Expressive Arts Therapy and coaching. She is also an advanced-level critical incident responder, having responded to incidents ranging from small corporate incidents to the World Trade Center attack. Her expertise on Resilience, and her beloved blog on the same topic -- Resiliency 4 Today-- demonstrate her ho'ohana in the EAP field. Vali is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Hawaii as well as Washington, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. She spends most of her time here doing coaching and trainings ("edutainment") across the islands. Her "52 Weeks of Well-Being" premiered to our customers (as a free service!), teaching reslience through self-care and artmaking.
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 Meet our team

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Laura Schlesinger, MS, MAC, SAP, CEAP

>>> Laura is a counselor with Employee Assistance of the Pacific. She has over thirty years of post-master's clinical experience working with clients of all ages in community mental health, substance abuse, and private non-profit settings. She has worked exclusively in the employee assistance field since 1990, providing counseling to employees and their family members, consultation to supervisors and management, and training and education on various workplace issues. Laura has a master's degree in clinical psychology, holds state and national certifications as a substance abuse counselor, and is a certified employee assistance professional. Laura was born and raised in Hawai'i.

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Greg Tanida, LCSW, CSAC, SAP

>>>Greg is a licensed clinical social worker and certified substance abuse counselor who has been working in the mental health and substance abuse field for over 25 years. He was born and raised on Oahu and credits his local experiences with shaping his counseling and communication style. Greg is certified in EMDR and enjoys his work with individuals and couples. His experience in the Employee Assistance field includes work with Straub and Kaiser Permanente. Greg also enjoys being a part-time lecturer at Honolulu Community College and UH Manoa.

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Betta Yeung, Office Manager

>>> Betta is the familiar voice you hear when you call our main office and she loves linking people with the resources they need. Betta has been an office manager for over 9 years and has a wealth of knowledge having worked 13 years in the mental health field. She loves living in the islands and enjoys sharing pictures of her dog Pono!


Our Founders

Cheryl Prince, LSW, CSAC, SAP

>>> Cheryl received both her BA and MSW degrees from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She has been a Hawai'i resident since 1971 and in 1976 began her work in the helping professions as a Therapeutic Foster Parent. Since 1989 she has counseled individuals and families impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues. Her work in the employee assistance field began with Straub EAP in 2001 before starting Employee Assistance of the Pacific. In addition to her executive role here, Cheryl is actively involved in counseling adults, children and adolescents, as well as conducting consultations and trainings. She has a private counseling practice in Kailua.

Carey Brown, LCSW, CSAC, SAP

>>> Carey has over 30 years post master's clinical experience in the mental health field working with adults, adolescents, and children. Since 1993 she has worked in the employee assistance field providing counseling to employees and their family members, consultation to supervisors and management, and training and education on workplace topics such as workplace violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual harassment prevention, change management, and communication skills. She is a Founder of Employee Assistance of the Pacific. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified substance abuse counselor. Carey has lived in Hawai'i since 1981.

 Our Affiliate Providers


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  • Marisa Kamada, LMFT - Honolulu and Waipio +

    Marisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has offices in Honolulu and Waipio. Through her experience over the past 5 years she has found that she has a passion with working with pre-teens, teenagers, and adults. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families who are seeking growth within themselves and their relationships. She has extensive experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, children with autism, ADHD, ADD, oppositional defiance disorder, parent issues, and has training in the Gottman method.
  • Jina Uyeda, LMFT, CSAC - Honolulu/Waipio/Kailua +

    Jina has extensive experience working with people that struggle with substance abuse. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She is also fluent in Korean. She can provide Substance Abuse Assessments and early intervention education groups. She works with families, couples, individuals and children and has experience working with trauma, depression, dual diagnosis, children with autism, ADHD, and ADD and has training in play therapy. She has also worked as a domestic violence advocate for the Navy and worked with military families.Her offices are in Kailua, Waipio, and Honolulu.
  • Kathleen McLeod, LCSW, BCBA - Honolulu +

    Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, families, and children/teens who are experiencing changes in their lives and relationships. Kathleen believes in helping each client build their resilience while working towards achieving their individual goals. She has experience working with a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, autism, ADHD, and ODD.
  • Cheryl Prince, LSW, CSAC, SAP - Kailua +

    Cheryl is one of the Founders of this EAP. She received both her BA and MSW degrees from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She has been a Hawai'i resident since 1971 and in 1976 began her work in the helping professions as a Therapeutic Foster Parent. Since 1989 she has counseled individuals and families impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues. Her work in the employee assistance field began with Straub EAP in 2001 before starting Employee Assistance of the Pacific. In addition to her role here as a Founder, Cheryl is actively involved in counseling adults, children and adolescents in her private counseling practice in Kailua, as well as conducting debriefings and training.
  • Brandon McNichols, PsyD - Aiea +

    Brandon is an Oahu grown provider servicing the Leeward side of Oahu. He is a veteran who returned home from the U.S. Army and received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology, followed by his Master's, and then his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In addition to his schooling Brandon has more than 10 years of clinical experience and training, working with individuals and groups of all ages - from preschool to geriatrics. He has a background in substance abuse treatment, risk assessment, trauma work, mood and anxiety issues and personality disorders. In addition, he has experience in health psychology working with individuals who experience migraines, are quitting smoking and even suffering from tinnitus. He utilizes an integrative and collaborative approach to psychotherapy to adress the concerns of individuals, couples and families.
  • Raul Sabat, Psy.D. - Aiea +

    Raul has offices in Honolulu and in Kapolei.
  • Emily Hew, LMFT - Waikiki +

    Emily is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an office in Waikiki. She is passionate about helping others in whatever way she can. She has over 7 years of experience working with people from different backgrounds and experiences. She has worked in multiple group practices providing individual, couples, and family counseling to people experiencing depression, anxiety, abuse, and trauma, amongst various other issues. Trained in different marriage therapeutic approaches, she has also worked with the military providing behavioral counseling to couples, individual, and children.
  • Tess Yamada, LMFT - Kapolei +

    Tess is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist born and raised on Oahu. She enjoys working with children and families, couples, teens, and individuals. Her experience includes early intervention with children and families impacted by Autism and behavioral concerns; at-risk youth, relationship issues, life changes, trauma, depression and substance abuse. Tess is passionate about working with others in their journey to heal, grow and learn about themselves.
  • Alicia Banda, LMFT - Pearl City +

    Alicia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an office in Pearl City.
  • Christle Kamakaala, LMFT, CSAC, SAP - Kaneohe +

    Christle Kamakaala is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and DOT-Qualified Substance Abuse Professional located in Kaneohe. She has extensive training utilizing evidence based practices in various settings to include her time as a Clinical Specialist with UCLA and as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Kaiser Permanente. She works with individuals of all ages, couples and families. She is dedicated to providing optimal care and compassion while encouraging growth and resilience. Christle provides individualized care based on each client’s needs. She enjoys creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship and seeing her clients’ motivation to change drive positive outcomes in their lives.
  • Tui Ulu, LCSW, CSAC - Aiea +

  • Leslie Edwards, LMHC - Kailua +

    Leslie Edwards is a licensed mental health counselor who works with adults, individually or as couples, on the windward side of Oahu in her office in Kailua. She specializes in anxiety and mood disorders as well as relationship issues, but also enjoys working with clients who are experiencing life transitions, grief and loss, work/life balance, family of origin issues, and anger/stress management. She relies on an integrative approach using techniques from cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and solution-focused therapies. Leslie strives to help people feel more equipped to handle the challenges in their lives and to help them be happier and healthier.
  • Ruth Davis, LMFT - Honolulu +

    Ruth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Ruth has extensive experience working with people that struggle with substance abuse, depression (mild to severe), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She enjoys working with families, couples, individuals and children and has experience working with trauma, depression, dual diagnosis, and children with autism. She is also fluent in Tagalog and Kapampangan. Her office is in Honolulu (St. Francis East).
  • Walter Reed, LMFT, MBA - Aiea and Haleiwa +

    Walter has counseling offices in Aiea and Haleiwa.
  • Donna Goodwin, PsyD, LCP - Haleiwa +

    Donna's office is in Haleiwa.
  • Dr. Shannon Hayes, PsyD, LMFT - Pearl City +

    Dr. Shannon Hayes has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a masters in Juvenile Forensics Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Hawaii. Early in her career she was afforded the opportunity to provide mental health services for juveniles in detention centers servicing the general population and juvenile sex offenders by conducting psychological evaluations and providing individual psychological therapy. The foundation for her experience in working with families commenced in 2001 when she began working with the foster care system. In working with foster care, Dr. Hayes was able to provide individual and multi-family systems therapy for foster children, their biological parents, and the foster parents. During this time, Dr. Hayes started providing group and individual therapy for victims of domestic violence. As her education and career progressed, Dr. Hayes has gained over 17 years of experience in working with various cultures, children/adolescents, child maltreatment, couples, families, substance abuse, sexual abuse, adult inmates, neuropsychology, military, homelessness, domestic violence, clinical trainings, and lectures. Scholastically she has over 30 publications and presentations on many topics such as domestic violence, violence against women and children, neuropsychology, depression, Alzheimer, mental assessments, testing, custody, forensics psychology and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is her passion to grow professionally by seeking out the latest research and perfecting her skill through the ever changing evolution of psychology and mental health.
  • Carrie Cochran, LMFT - Waialua +

    Carrie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located on the North Shore of Oahu. She has worked in private practice since 2012, serving local and military populations. She most frequently works with individuals and couples addressing relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and adjustment to life transitions. She is versed in a variety of psychological theories and techniques and is happy to work with you to craft an approach that will meet your needs.
  • Donna Morgan, LMFT, DOT-SAP - Downtown Honolulu +

    Donna's counseling practice -- Family Care Pathway, LLC -- is located in the financial district of downtown Honolulu. Individuals, couples, children, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, divorce, separation, co-parenting, and domestic abuse can seek EAP help from Donna for positive relief and healing. Flexible hours are available Mondays through Saturdays. Donna is also a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (DOT-SAP) through the Department of Transportation.
  • Rhonda Campbell, LCSW, CSAC, CEP - Aiea +

    Rhonda J. Campbell is a licensed clinical social worker, certified substance abuse counselor, and certified e-therapist (video counselor). She has been honored with helping clients live their best life -- however they define it -- for over 20 years. Utilizing a strengths-based cognitive approach she specializes in working with clients with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues.
  • Jennifer (Dr. Hamada) Apato, Psy.D. - Aiea +

    Dr. Hamada is a licensed clinical psychologist servicing teens, adults, and the elderly on the Leeward side of Oahu. She specializes in substance abuse treatment, anger management, interpersonal conflicts, career counseling, life transition issues, adjustment problems, symptoms of depression and anxiety, grief work, and trauma processing. Dr. Hamada's therapeutic approach focuses on self awareness, restoration of psychological and emotional balance, and the development of motivation and purposeful action. She utilizes the person-centered approach in conjunction with cognitive behavioral and emotion focused techniques.
  • Lee June Lacerdo, LCSW - Waipio +

    Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a part-time office in Waipio. Lee has extensive knowledge of childhood, intra-familial sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families going through difficult transitions in their lives and trying to overcome challenging experiences from the past. Lee also has training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an intervention technique used with parents/caregivers and their child, ages 0-6 who has experienced a traumatic event.
  • Stephanie Dixon, PhD, LMHC - Aiea and Downtown Honolulu +

    Stephanie enjoys working with couples, families, adults, sexual offenders, sexual assault victims, and PTSD issues.
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  • Allene Kaplan, MA, LMFT - Hilo +

    Allene's office is in Hilo. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been providing services in Hilo since 2001.
  • Glenn Kondo, DCSW, LCSW, SAP, CSAC - Hilo +

    Glenn primarily provides counseling for Employee Assistance of the Pacific clients related to his specialization in substance abuse assessment and treatment.
  • Deborah Chavez, LMFT, PhD - Kona +

    Dr. Chavez has worked in West Hawaii as a therapist for over 15 years, and in the social service field for over 21 years. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. Deborah offers individuals, couples, and families assistance with life problems, working with children, ages 2 -18 years, and adults.
  • Makela Madelyn Bruno-Kidani, MFT - Kamuela +

    Makela M. Bruno-Kidani is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist on the Big Island servicing the Waimea, Waikoloa, Kohala, and Hamakua areas since 2010. She is also the founder of Project Reach Out and alohalegion.org, educating communities on teenage suicide prevention and antibullying. Makela works with groups, families, couples and individuals of all ages with various needs. Makela has extensive experience working with grief, trauma, cancer patients, LGBTQ community and many other life situations that are affected by symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. She is also a Hawaiian cultural practitioner, fluent in the Hawaiian language and able to incorporate ho'oponopono as well as mindfulness and meditation in treatment.
  • Hans-Georg R. Kissner, MSCP, MA - Hilo and Kona +

    "George" was born and raised in Germany and moved to Hawaii in 1967. He attended UH Manoa for an MA degree, as well as Chaminade University for a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. He was a high school physical education and health instructor, school counselor and sports coach for 36 years. His personal training and coaching in competitive sports led him to sports psychology studies. George has worked in the field of domestic violence intervention, anger expression, communication skills and parenting skills over the past 16 years. In addition to his work as an EAP provider, he volunteers at Hospice of Kona, supporting a parent bereavement group. He has offices in Hilo and Kona.
  • Joseph Sulla, MFT, CSAC - Hilo and Kamuela +

    Joseph is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with offices in Hilo and Waimea. He specializes in working with couples and adolescents, and he also has extensive experience addressing anger management and substance abuse issues.
  • Sandra Pickard, LCSW - Hilo +

    Sandra's office is in Hilo. Her MSW is from the University of Hawaii School of Social Work, and her background includes work in the sexual assault recovery field, as a homebased family therapist, and twenty years as a private practice psychotherapist working with children, adolescents, and adults. She also has a Diplomate in Clinical Social WOrk.
  • Penelope Rodriguez, MA, LMHC, NCC - Hilo +

    Penelope's office is in Hilo. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience working with families, veterans, and sexual abuse victims. Her background including living and working in Colombia, where she worked at the University and had a private counseling practice. She has worked in Hilo since 2004.
  • Noelani Cynthia Rodrigues, LMFT, SAP - Kona +

    Noelani's office is in Kona. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and a DOT-Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. She has worked as a therapist in Hawaii since 2003, and now provides solution-oriented EAP counseling to individuals, families, and couples; in addition to her private practice psychotherapeutic treatment for such issues as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, recovery from abuse and other trauma related events, substance abuse counseling, divorce, loss, and grief.
  • Emily Claspell, EdD - Kamuela +

    Emily's office is in Kamuela. She has a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Psychology, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Hawaii. She is also certified in EMDR and Critical Incident Debriefing, and was awarded the Counselor of the Year award form the Hawaii Counseling Association. Her areas of expertise include sports psychology, grief, and cross-cultural issues. In addition to solution-oriented EAP work, in her private practice she provides assessment, treatment, and consultation to individuals, couples, and families.
  • Rebecca Keolanui, LMFT - Hilo +

    Rebecca's counseling practice is in Hilo. As a 35-year resident of Hawaii, she has worked in the community, schools, and privately, providing creative and mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents, individuals and families. She has worked as a Military Family and Life Consultant, as well as for other local organizations.
  • Steven Chelminiak, LCSW, CSAC - Kamuela +

    Steven's office is in Kaumela. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Substance Abuse (CSAC) Counselor. He has a well-established history in Hawaii as a director, clinical leader, manager, and consultant. In addition to his solution-focused EAP work, in his private practice he is proficient in multiple treatment modalities including CBT, Integrated, Family Systems, EMDR, Psychodynamic Therapy, Biofeedback, DBT, and Crisis Intervention.
  • John Cerra, CSAC, SAP - Kealakekua +

    John is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and a DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). His office is in Kealakekua.
  • Nancy Sallee, MA, LMFT - Kealakekua +

    Nancy's office is in Kealakekua. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in emergency and trauma response that most currently includes serving as the Disaster Mental Lead for Hawaii's Chapter of the American Red Cross and assisting with the volcano response. Her background includes working with adults, families, and children through her EAP and private practice work, as well as management positions in scientific research and chairing the West Hawaii Suicide Prevention Task Force.
  • Kerith Edwards, LMHC - Hilo +

    Kerith Edwards is a graduate of the University of Hawaii Hilo, where she completed her masters in Counseling Psychology. She has worked as a therapist in Hawaii's non-profit human services sector, at the University of Hawaii Hilo Counseling Services Center, and now in her own private practice. Kerith's approach to counseling is rooted in person-centered and humanistic theory and tradition, and she pulls from an eclectic tool box of evidence-based practices to help maximize clients' well-being and functional autonomy. Before beginning her work in counseling psychology, Kerith earned a masters of Comparative Literature from the Pennsylvania State University and spent 14 years teaching language arts at the college and secondary levels in Pennsylvania, California, and Hawaii. She has made the islands her home since 2004 and enjoys open ocean swimming, surfing, hiking, writing, making art, and raising dogs.
  • Vanessa Mount, LMFT, LMHC - Kailua-Kona +

    Vanessa has been a licensed counselor for over a decade, with a certification in sex therapy. She has a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and approaches counseling from a systems perspective. She enjoys helping people deal with a myriad of issues, and holds a particular interest in helping others heal from trauma wounds. Her office is in Kailua-Kona.
  • Tom Jameson, LMHC - Kailua-Kona +

    Tom is a respected mental health clinician with years of direct care experiences. He is skilled at providing highly effective individual, group, and family therapy. He believes deeply in the power of every client he sees, and is passionate about empowering his clients as they work toward healthy change. Tom strongly believes in employing best practices in his work, and is driven to deliver highly-effective treatment. He is fascinated by the link between internal transcendence and emotional growth and how this connection effects the unique growth experiences he has witnessed in his work over the years. He finds deep meaning in manifesting goals in his life and he shares this process with his clients, assisting them with the tools they need to do the same. His clinical areas of expertise include depressive disorders, the grief and loss process, oppositional behaviors, anxiety, family systems issues, as well as helping clients develop healthy coping strategies. he practices DBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, reality and client-centered therapies. In his free time he enjoys hiking, golfing and spending as much time as possible outdoors, and is grateful to call Kailua-Kona his home!
  • Cathy Okumura, MA, LMFT - Kailua-Kona +

    Cathy is dedicated to helping clients grow, reduce stress, and improve their wellbeing and quality of life. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and parenting/youth issues. She assists individuals and families by talking through concerns and by learning to restructure unhealthy patterns. Focus is placed on the whole person lending to a therapeutic process that is holistic. Her philosophy is that the most effective outcomes are best met through a collaborative, supportive, and strengths-based therapeutic relationship. She has been providing services in Kailua-Kona since 2006 and has evening and weekend hours available.
  • Bob Wiley, LMFT, CSAC - Waimea +

    Bob is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with an office in Waimea. He has worked as a therapist since 1995 with a variety of individuals facing concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, as well as issues related to life transitions. He specializes in utilizing a non-judgmental cognitive-behavioral approach and assists individuals toward emotional wellness and personal empowerment. He was trained as an Option Process Certified Mentor at the Option Institute where he learned a simple yet powerful dialogue process to assist individuals in uncovering and changing the core beliefs that fuel their unhappiness. If you want to know more about the philosophy behind his approach, you may go to his website at www.bobwileycounseling.com and download his short ebook entitled “Your Key To Personal Happiness.”
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  • Carol Geer Freitas, LSW, ACSW, QCSW - Wailuku +

    Carol has a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Hawaii. She has been providing EAP counseling on Maui since 1989. Her areas of specialty include family therapy, relationship therapy, parenting, domestic violence, stress, anxiety, depression, and chemical dependency. She works with children, adolescents, and adults in her private practice in Wailuku.
  • Rick Kelley, MC, LMFT - Wailuku +

    Rick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and received his Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Phoenix on Maui. He recently earned certificates from the University of Southern California in Military Culture and Clinical Practice with Service members, Veterans, and Military Families. Rick has worked in the area of human services for over twenty years providing individual, family and marriage therapy for clients referred by the Department of Human Services, Department of Education, and the Department of Health. He is currently in private practice in Wailuku. Rick’s areas of specialty include work relationships, anger management, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, family conflict and substance abuse.
  • Holly Espinueva, MA, MFT - Makawao +

    Holly is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received her Masters Degree in Counseling at Sonoma State University and her professional license in Hawaii. She has worked in the counseling field for over 25 years including work in family therapy clinics, school programs, adult mental health services and adoption/foster care agencies. Areas of specialty include: relationship issues, parenting, child and adolescent therapy, anger management, trauma work including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and career development.
  • Ellen Bellerose, NCACI, CSAC, SAP - Kahului/Kihei +

    Ellen has worked as a substance abuse counseling professional for over 23 years and is certified at the state, national and international levels. She has specialized in all aspects of substance abuse, domestic violence and anger management treatment. She has been an independent Substance Abuse Professional contracting with Employee Assistance of the Pacific since 2006. Her work involved assessing EAP clients and assisting them in participating in and successfully completing all requirements of treatment and case management goals.
  • Kit Gillette, MEd - Kahului and Wailuku +

    Kristin "Kit" Gillette obtained her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Ohio State University and her Masters in Human Relations from the University of Miami. After living and working in the eastern United States for 50 plus years, she moved to Maui in 1990. Besides counseling, mediation is her passion.
  • Patti Sabla, LCSW - Kihei +

    Patti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Holistic Health and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. She enjoys providing her clients with a safe, non-judgmental space to talk in her private office in Kihei. Patti’s areas of specialties include: interpersonal communication, relationship issues, self-esteem, negative thinking, anger management, stress management, time management, career management, depression, anxiety and grief.
  • Jay Serle, PhD, LMFT - Lahaina +

    Jay's office is in Lahaina.
  • Anita Laviola, QCSW, LCSW, CSAC - Paia (Aloha House) +

  • Robyn Goodblatt, MS, LMHC - Makawao +

    Robyn works with couples and individuals to help them navigate the difficult times in life. From a compassionate and non-judgmental stance, she helps find practical solutions to life’s challenges. Robyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Upcountry, Maui and has done additional training in insight-oriented therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Discernment Counseling, a method for working with couples on the brink of divorce. Robyn specializes in relationship issues in the broadest sense, including relationships with our spouses, friends, co-workers, family and most importantly, with ourselves.
  • Laura E. Williams, LMHC, CSAC - Kihei +

    Laura has been in the substance use and mental health counseling field for almost 5 years, after a career change from teaching. She enjoys using art therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with her clients, especially those dealing with trauma. Her goal is to provide a safe place to share without fear or judgement. Clients take an active role in finding solutions to the challenges they face. Laura's counseling practice is in Kihei, and she is a LIcensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
  • Robert Perkins, CSAC, DOT-SAP - Paia +

    Robert is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Paia, and also a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional through the Department of Transportation (DOT-SAP).
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  • Beverly Eager, LCSW, SAP, CSAC - Lihue +

    Bev is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified in substance abuse counseling as well. She has lived in Hawaii for 27 years where she has a private practice, doing EAP work and contract work for various agencies. Her areas of specialization are marital and couples counseling, domestic violence and anger management, working with teens and families, and EAP brief counseling.
  • Todd Gordon, LCSW - Kalaheo +

    Todd's office is in Kalaheo.
  • Lindsay Fernandez Richardson, MS, LMHC +

    Lindsay has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and has expertise in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family functioning, grief, and anger management. She works with children, adults, couples, and families—often with individuals who are experiencing high levels of stress and difficulty balancing the demands of everyday life. Lindsay is easygoing and nonjudgmental in her work with clients, while also enthusiastic about helping clients build their strengths and develop new skills to improve their happiness and functioning.
  • Lynn Pizzitola, MA, LMFT - Kapaa +

    Lynn's office is in Kapaa. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Sheryllee Ponce, MA, LMFT - Lihue +

    Sheryl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a solid history of helping Kauai residents, including working in counseling capacities for the YWCA and Kamehameha Schools. Her office is in Lihue.
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  • Shari Lynn, M.Ed., SAP, CSAC +

    Shari is also the Executive Director and clinical supervisor at Ka Hale Pomaika'i with extensive training as a psychotherapist in the areas of sexual abuse/assault/offense, family dynamics, reactive attachment disorder, and addictions. She is the local responder for suicide crisis intervention on Moloka'i, and a mother and grandmother of four mo'opuna. She enjoys her family, Welsh Corgi, farm, and the ocean.
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  • Shari Liden, PhD, LMFT +

    Shari's office is in Lanai City. She works with individuals, couples, and families, and specializes in Depression and Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobia, Sexual and Relationship Problems, Medical and Health concerns, Grief and Loss, Work and Career issues, Stress Management, Addiction & Recovery, Parenting and Family Issues, and Conflict Resolution.
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Additional providers are also available on the U.S. Mainland and Internationally for those companies who choose to cover those employees.

Our Growth

We have come a long way from those first two contracts that Straub signed to become the largest EAP in Hawaii! Serving all industries across all Hawaiian islands, we continue to grow and look forward to serving even more employers.

Growth Graph 2018

Our History

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Oct. 1, 1989 >>>

Straub signs two EAP contracts. [HC&D, LLC (formerly Island Ready Mix and Ameron) is still with us today!!]

Sept. 1992 >>>

Straub signs the 25th contract – with Punahou School [Still with us today!]

January 1995 >>> SAP services begin to support corporate clients compliance with the Omnibus Transportation Act’s requirements for drug testing in the workplace
Jan. 1998 >>>

Straub signs the 50th contract – with Queen Liliokalani Trust [Still with us today!]

July 2004 >>> Cheryl Prince and Carey Brown acquire the book of business from Straub and incorporate as Employee Assistance of the Pacific, LLC
Jan. 1, 2005 >>>

The 100th EAP contract is signed – with Times Supermarket [Still with us today!]

April 2009 >>> We partner with Ho’okele to offer free Healthcare Navigation and Eldercare Consultation to our clients
May 2010 >>> We move to our current location – 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 730 after customizing the space for confidentiality and privacy!
2013 >>>

Employee Assistance of the Pacific has grown to serving over 150 businesses across Hawaii!

2015 >>>

Employee Assistance of the Pacific has grown to serving over 160 businesses across Hawaii!

October 2015 >>>

David and Vali Mitchell take over ownership of Employee Assistance of the Pacific, LLC with Cheryl and Carey continuing to serve as Founders

March 2016 >>> We start rolling out free Legal and Financial Consultation to all our clients – robust Work/Life services at no extra fee!
April 2017 >>> Employee Assistance of the Pacific has grown to serving over 170 businesses across Hawaii!
July 2017 >>> Our new and improved website launches, as well as our 52 Weeks of Well-Being, available to all our clients at no extra fee!
January 2018
>>> Employee Assistance of the Pacific has grown to serving over 180 businesses across Hawaii!
September 2018 >>> We launch our Physisican Assistance Program (PAP) and website!


Our Value

  • Our Value
    We reduce your stress, costs, risks, hassles, and turnover – increasing safety and well-being.
  • Our Value
    We help you retain your most important asset – your employees.
  • Our Value
    We facilitate hope, motivation, well-being, productivity, and health.
  • Our Value
    We have many ways of helping your employees so save you time and make EAP referrals easy.
  • Our Value
    Because we live and work here, we understand local issues, companies, and resources.
  • Our Value
    Our local team is ready to help you stay resilient, even on your worst day.
  • Our Value
    We assist Hawaii with overall well-being.
  • Our Value
    We help Hawaii families balance work and their lives.
  • Our Value
    We understand families of all kinds and help build strong relationships.
  • Our Value
    We make a difference for relationships, co-workers, companies, and Hawaii.
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