Pua is empathetic, patient, organized and is always ready and eager to work. She has a passion for teaching that change will happen in therapy. She believes this is done through self awareness, effective communication and trusting each other.
Pua received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from BYU-Hawaii and her Master’s Degree from Hawaii Pacific University. Pua spent five years working at a nonprofit organization as a therapist for adolescents, she also trained staff on trauma informed care, restorative tasks, adverse childhood experiences, self care, and team building techniques.
Pua was able to serve the Native Hawaiian community by writing a million dollar grant for low income families. Pua is trained in DBT, Trauma Focused-CBT, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Co-Occurring Disorders and Structural Family Therapy.
Pua has spent most of her career working with adolescents and has loved advocating for them and empowering them to set healthy boundaries. Pua values education and continues learning about new therapeutic concepts and techniques. Pua believes self awareness is the key to change. She loves experiential therapy because she believes that Clients learn best in this environment.
Pua’s love for dance started as a child and has continued throughout her life, even teaching professionally, mostly hip hop and hula. Her hobbies also include refurbishing old furniture, reading, watching crime shows, and playing board games. Pua also loves playing spike ball with her family, BBQing, and of course holiday gatherings!