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Aloha, thank you for wanting to learn more about Serenity in Aiea, HI, Oahu and surrounding areas. Our services are provided by the therapist listed on this page. Click on the links below to watch a introduction video (under construction)    

David Linares, Profile

David Linares, LMHC

David is a licensed mental health counselor in Hawaii, Texas, and New Mexico. He has experience working with all ages on: relationships, parenting, anger, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. He focuses on helping couples (civilian or military) with, or without children, learn how to build healthier and happier relationships.

David has held many titles before starting Serenity. He has worked as a therapist in community health clinics, as lead therapist for a psychiatric hospital with military, adult and child units, as clinical director for a state substance abuse rehab facility, and as a counselor for the military. 

Everyone wants to be happy. We tend to focus so much on our issues and the world around us that sometimes; we don't realize that to be happy we must first develop an inner peace. For, peace is the soil that the seed of happiness needs in order to take root and grow. 'Peace through knowledge' is the company motto because as a therapist, my goal is to help people discover new things about themselves, life and what they can do to overcome the obstacles they face. The logo with the golden lotus flower represents peace and enlightenment growing out of a book as a symbol of knowledge.

I’m passionate about helping to bring positive change and wellness into the lives of my clients. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, so if you or someone you love is going through a difficult time please contact us. We can set up a free consultation. Serenity is here to listen and to help provide the confidence and guidance you need to start changing your life for the better.

Life can be hard at times, and difficult circumstances are sometimes beyond our control, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Therapy helps you maintain a healthy balance in your life, discover new perspectives, set achievable goals, and make changes in your life to help you reach them. Together, we can assess your overall well-being, including your physical and emotional wellness to develop a healthier, happier you.

 

Mary Elizabeth Alvior

Mary Elizabeth Alvior, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Hawaii with over 26 years of experience providing psychotherapy and counseling to children, teens, and adults. I believe life is full of possibilities and I can help you to gain understanding of your life story, learn skills to help manage life’s challenges, and make changes that will maximize the quality of your life. I believe in helping my clients to explore their own inner emotional experiences and understand other factors outside of themselves that help or get in in the way of progress.  My goal is to help you build the life you want and deserve.

To build the life you want, skills and a strategic approach to tackling the challenge is needed. I work with each client to craft a unique plan for treatment using the best approach for their specific issue based on the evidence in research. My desire to provide evidence based treatments has led me to get training in many different treatment approaches over the years. This includes extensive treatment in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Stress Management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, Acceptance and Change Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, EMDR (a trauma approach) as well as The Incredible Years Parenting program and Collaborative Problem Solving for parents and children.

I have been honored to help thousands of clients improve the quality of their lives over my career. I have extensive experience in the areas of depression and anxiety, trauma, ADHD, life stress and parenting.

I believe very strongly that my clients are my partners in designing their treatment journey so I spend time going over the benefits of each treatment option that might be best for them, before making the choice of which approach to use together. I want my clients to feel secure that they are getting help that is moving them toward their goals so the more they understand the treatment process the better their outcomes tend to be.

 

Maricon McLaughlin, Profile

Maricon McLaughlin, LMHC

My desire is to help people live a meaningful life, satisfying relationships, and assist in achieving healthy minds and bodies. I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Hawaii with an extensive background in counseling, transition, grief, bereavement, stress, depression and other mental health issues. I have experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings- military, mental health clinics, group homes, schools, hospitals, and hospice facility.

Born and raised in the Philippines, I know from first- hand experience what it is like growing up in a different environment and experiencing cross-cultural challenges and adjustments. My diverse background allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of people who grew up from different countries and who had faced challenges with communication and culture. I speak fluent Philippines languages (Visayan and Tagalog) and English.

I believe that one of the joyful moments of being a therapist is being able to make a positive impact on others and help them create a deep sense of fulfillment and happiness. I practiced solution-focused counseling with an integration of positive psychology, a practical approach to counseling, highlighting the importance of positive character strengths and optimistic emotions. I am committed to inspiring, and empowering clients to make healthier choices, create greater happiness and live a satisfying life.

Martin Matthews

Martin Matthews, LMHC, CSAC, CCPD

Martin has provided Behavioral Health Services in Hawaii since 1993. Martin believes that people benefit most from therapy with honest and direct feedback. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a Diplomate in Co-Occurring Disorders, and is a Certified Department of Transportation (DOT) Substance Abuse Professional. In addition he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and a Master’s Degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa. His areas of specialty are: Solution focused brief therapy, substance abuse counseling, SAP services for the Department of Transportation requirements and working with co-occurring disorders.

Martin has lived in Hawaii for 24 years. He is an avid scuba diver and previously worked for Westin Hotels international as a Pastry Chef in San Francisco.

 

Natalia Matsumoto

Natalia Matsumoto, LMFT 

Aloha, I am licensed in Hawaii as Marriage and Family Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor. With over 10 years of experience in the helping profession. I feel fortunate to assist my clients in healing and to help them experience joy, at various stages of their lives. Among the diversity of issues I work with, I have helped couples and families with transitions such as; moving, divorce, reconciliation, distress with school, work, health and financial hardships, and grief.

My experience includes helping military members and their families adjust and cope with the hardships of military lifestyle. I also have experience working with victims of domestic violence. I have worked with individuals and their families battling addiction and those individuals and families struggling with a persistent mental illness.

My passion is to bring my clinical and practical knowledge to help couples, families and individuals experience life to the fullest and happiest extent possible. My therapeutic approach is integrative, personalized and tailored to the unique needs and goals of my clients. I believe that therapy helps clients voice their strengths, needs and concerns and enables them to build on their dreams and strengthen their connections in life. I utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques in my therapeutic journey with people in order to offer effective ways of dealing with life's hardships and overcoming them.

Lilu Linares - Therapy Dog

Lilu Linares - Therapy Dog

Written on behalf of Lilu: Hi! I am a super friendly 5 year old English bulldog. I super love meeting people and often do a prancing welcome dance for people I get to hangout with. I dont usually like clothing but this picture of me in my 2016 Halloween ladybug costume is too cute not to use. My life is pretty great and I know lots of tricks. I may be five human years old but everyone tells my parents how I have a puppy attitude because I like to play and I am so friendly with both adults and kids.

Still, life has at times been a little "ruff" at times. I was the smallest of my moms litter and the last to get adopted. My type of breed usually has curly tails but I had to have mine removed. It was curled to tight and hurt a lot. I also sometimes get what people call "cherry eye" and have to go the the vet and get poked and scraped to get it fixed, and I don't even want to talk about the ear infections I sometimes get. When my family wanted to come to Hawaii I had to get surgery so that I would be able to fly and had to have my pallet shortened to breathe better. Still, despite the ups and downs I sometimes have to put up with, I try to keep happy with games of tug a war, and lots of cuddles

I hope I get to meet you soon!