Mark is the Founder and Director of New Hope Counseling Center. He is a graduate of Colorado Christian University and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. His undergraduate degree is from Western Illinois University with a BS in Finance. He has also received additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment particularly effective for trauma related issues. He continues his board requirements for ongoing education, as well is an avid reader related to the field.
Mark's clinical experience incudes an internship as a therapist in a community mental health setting at Aspen Pointe in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also has over five years experience at Cedar Springs Psychiatric Hospital in Colorado Springs, the last two and a half years as a therapist. Mark finished his time at Cedar Springs as a lead therapist overseeing several other therapists.
Mark’s counseling experience also includes over thirteen years in pastoral counseling, nine of which were on the staff of New Hope Oahu in Honolulu, HI. While at New Hope Oahu he oversaw several Christian based 12-step and recovery ministries. Mark also developed LifeChange, a seminar designed to help people find healing in their life, which thousands have attended. Mark is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in both Hawaii and Colorado. He has been a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) and a member of the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors). Mark is also an Adjunct Professor at Pac Rim Christian University teaching in the area of pastoral care and counseling.
Mark first moved to Oahu in 1988. He has been married for 23 years to his wife, Connie. He has a son Nathan (18), and a chocolate lab named Denver. He has been a member of New Hope Oahu since 1995. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, walking, hiking, going to the beach, reading, and volunteeering at his church.
Christine Sweeney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Hawaii. She holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University, an accredited Christian College located in Orange Country, CA. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication.
Christine specializes in work with children and families, as well as couples and individual adults working with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, behavioral problems, communication, relationships, and developmental concerns. Christine has received training in evidence based model Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) to enhance the parent-child relationship and social skills. Christine also has experience with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) processing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to trauma. Christine is certified in Prepare/Enrich couples counseling for premarital, marriage enrichment, and couples therapy. Recently Christine has also received additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment particularly effective for trauma related issues.
Christine’s clinical experience includes a post graduate internship working as a therapist at the Child Guidance Center, a non-profit outpatient community mental health setting located in Orange Country, CA. Christine has also engaged in spiritual formation and pastoral counseling at Rock Harbor Church located in Orange County, CA, and has worked as a therapist at Vanguard University, an accredited Christian College located in Orange Country CA.
Christine has a deep passion for traveling and spending time by the sea. She enjoys traveling the world and exploring different cultures with her husband, along with spending days at the beach, surfing alongside family and friends. Christine also pastors a church with her husband in Honolulu.
Meg Paty Wolter is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Hawaii. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University and a BS in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is currently receiving advanced training in Emotion Focused Therapy for couples. She is also certified in Sensory Integration and trained in Neuro-Developmental Treatment and SOS Feeding Therapy.
In her client-counselor relationships, Meg seeks to create an atmosphere of trust and emotional safety as her clients courageously explore their stories. She has experience with addressing grief and loss, divorce recovery, eating disorders, depression, parenting, marriages, anxiety, sexual abuse, life transitions and post traumatic stress disorder. She counsels individuals and couples.
During her thirty plus years as a pediatric Occupational Therapist, Meg worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with premature infants and in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic with special needs children and their families. Upon completion of her counseling degree, she established a successful practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the pediatric rehab clinic. She provided mental health services to the caregivers and siblings of children receiving rehab services, working heavily with marriages and women. Subsequently, she moved her practice to downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado where she provided marriage, family, and individual counseling. Meg continues to be licensed as an LPC in the state of Colorado.
Prior to earning her masters degree, Meg was a lay counselor for many years within the church setting. She is deeply invested in the spiritual growth of women through teaching Bible studies, speaking at women’s retreats and leading women’s ministries. Along with her husband, she led individual and marriage weekend retreats that empowered participants to discover and live out God's purpose for their lives.
Meg is a Waialua girl, born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. She was married for 32 years before her husband's death in 2008. She has two grown and married children and three vivacious grandchildren. She enjoys the ocean, hiking, laughing, reading, journaling, traveling and deepening her walk with God.
Vicky Wong is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Hawaii. She is also a National Certified Counselor. She is a graduate of Chaminade University and received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Vicky completed Pastoral and Biblical Studies at Summit Pacific College and Global University, and additionally is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God denomination. Her undergraduate is a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Simon Fraser University.
Vicky offers individual, family and marriage counseling. She helps couples strengthen, rebuild and appreciate their marriage. She works closely with adults, parents, adolescents and families to heal relationships, restore communication, and assist with life's transitions. Vicky counsels individuals with issues of depression, anxiety, anger, emotional and behavioral difficulties, high stress, and addictive habits, as well as those struggling with identity and self-worth, fear and grief, rejection, loneliness and isolation. She received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to facilitate healing for abuse, trauma, deep hurts and distressing memories. Vicky naturally gravitates to those feeling discouraged and hopeless. She offers unconditional support, trust, confidentiality and mutual respect in a collaborative and safe environment to help many find reconciliation and restoration.
Vicky’s clinical experience includes a therapist position and internship in a community mental health counseling and sobriety recovery center. She counsels individuals with substance and alcohol dependencies toward recovery. She provides counseling support with education and career decisions, employment, housing, service plans, parenting and children's issues. She has worked closely with the homeless, probation and parolees, and those with addictive behaviors and severe mental illness in a clinical setting.
Vicky and her husband pastor an Assembly of God church in Kalihi, and have been serving together in ministry for over 20 years. She is involved with pastoral and biblical counseling, emotional inner healing, mentoring and discipleship with a passion for prayer. She was also a successful business professional working for many years as a senior financial analyst for Bank of Hawaii and the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.
Vicky has been happily married to Terry for 25 years, and have 3 wonderful children (two sons and a daughter). She enjoys horseback riding, spending time by the ocean, hiking, playing tennis and volleyball, as well as bargain shopping, sharing meals and talking story with friends and family. She is a Canadian, born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been living in Hawaii since 2001.
Rob Okimura is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Hawaii. He acquired a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University in Honolulu. He is also an ordained minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Rob offers counseling for individuals, couples and families with a philosophy to serve every client with unconditional honor. He assists clients who are experiencing difficulties with relationships, parenting, life direction and transitions, detrimental behaviors, addictions, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem and shame. His special interest is in working with couples to heal and strengthen their marriage.
Rob’s clinical experience includes counseling men on parole, probation, transitioning from homelessness, and recovery from alcohol and substance dependence. He also worked with the elderly during an internship at a local retirement community. Besides providing pastoral counseling for individuals and couples as a pastor for over 25 years, Rob has imparted spiritual and emotional care for the terminally ill and their families. He has also taught marriage and parenting workshops, small groups and prayer ministry for spiritual and emotional healing.
Rob has been married to Michele for 33 years and they have two young adult children. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Technology from the University of Hawaii, and he has occupational experience that includes owning a landscaping business. Rob has been an avid UH sports fan for years and also enjoys gardening and fishing.
Kent Kitagawa is a post-graduate therapist with a Master of Arts degree in Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) from Liberty University, which is located in Lynchburg, VA. Kent has completed all academic requirements for the LPC degree, including forty-five semester hours of coursework in human development, modern psychotherapies and counseling theories, family therapy, multi-ethnic and cultural competencies, group therapy, research methodology and statistics, psychopathology, career development, professional development and integrative approaches to psychology and spirituality, as well as over 800 practicum hours with private counseling practices.
In addition, Kent has over twenty years of lay and pastoral counseling, assisting couples, families and individuals to heal from traumatic losses, relationship conflicts, addictions and debilitating anxiety. He worked with Child and Family Services to help re-integrate parents with children who were taken out of the home by Child Protective Services for various reasons. Kent earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1997 – both from the University of Hawaii Campus at Manoa – and has been working full-time in the clinical laboratory field for thirty years. Additionally, he is a licensed minister with the Four Square denomination.
Kent and his wife of over 36 years share a passion to minister to couples and families; they are both certified to use the Prepare and Enrich Relationship tool as well as the Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) pre-marital assessment. They are the co-founding and executive couple of the Aloha United Marriage Encounter community since 2001, a program designed to strengthen and enhance marriage relationships. Together, they have two adult children, and 4 young grandsons.