Depression Counseling for Hawaii

At Living Pono, our goal is to adapt to our patient’s needs. We offer traditional counseling,  EMDR, CBT, SFT, and more for all ages in Hawaii. Specializing in various types of counseling allows us to help you heal from anything that could be a source of depression.

How Does Counseling Help with Depression?

Feeling down and experiencing negative emotions is a part of the balance of life, but when you can’t seem to get out of a mental or emotional rut, getting some depression counseling could be just the support you need. Counseling can help with depression in many ways. There are lots of tools that clinicians can use to help treat you most appropriately. At Living Pono, we don’t use any cookie-cutter solutions.

We will adapt and utilize the proper types of counseling to get you where you want to be. Some of the most effective forms of counseling for depression are CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), solution-focused therapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) EMDR therapy is often the solution if other types of counseling don’t work. 


Depression can affect both the body and the mind. To remain in that state of being for too long is not healthy. It is ok to reach out and get help. Find depression counseling near me to get support and brighten your upcoming years. There are many different kinds of depression, so working with qualified counselors is essential to receive the best support and the correct techniques.

The best therapists will know how to identify what kind of depression you may have and the best way to approach it. CBT may work better for some types of depression than EMDR or solutions-focused therapy. The clinicians at Living Pono are qualified and trusted counselors ready to help tailor our counseling services to you.


CBT is often the first approach to depression counseling. This counseling method will help you change your pessimistic reactions and thoughts into positive or unaffecting ones. Changing the thoughts or removing the negativity will help result in more positive behavior and, therefore, experience. 


EMDR may be a better solution, especially if your depression comes from a specific memory or incident. Eye movement therapy will help you find an acceptance of the experience so that when it comes up, the result is not adverse. 

Other Counseling Services

Depression may not be your particular roadblock or maybe only part of it. That’s ok! At Living Pono, we are here to assist with anxiety and trauma in various ways too. Our goal is to customize the counseling for each individual’s needs. No one is the same, so why should they get the same counseling?

We offer many other services, some of which include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Solutions Focused Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Narrative Therapy

These are just a few of the options we can use to help. Reach out to the help you deserve. With qualifications in all the various forms of counseling and our ability to work with all ages, we are here for you!


What is depression?

Depression causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, irritability, weight loss or weight gain, and recurrent thoughts about death or suicide. Depression can lead to emotional and physical problems that decrease your ability to function in your daily life.

What causes depression?

Depression can occur at any time during your life. It can be brought on by an event such as the loss of a loved one, losing a job or changes in your body’s chemistry. Some depression is seen as being hereditary. A family history of depression increases the likelihood of developing depression. This is not a guarantee that you will experience depression. Body chemistry, genetics, environment and upbringing all have a drastic effect on whether or not someone can be predisposed to developing symptoms of depression.

It is important to mention that grief, unexpected changes in employment and other factors can bring about symptoms of depression but are oftentimes brief moments of time that cause disturbance and do not cause long-lasting depression. It is normal to have some disturbance, sadness, changes in mood or changes in behavior when we lose a loved one or a job. These instances do not warrant a diagnosis of depression but should be discussed with your mental health provider to avoid any long-term effects.

Are there different forms of depression?

Yes. There are several different diagnoses associated with depression.

Major Depressive Disorder

is the most common form of depression. Symptoms include feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, irritability, weight loss or weight gain, and recurrent thoughts about death or suicide. Many people experience this form of depression at some point in their life but these occurrences do not always warrant an official diagnosis.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

or PMDD occurs in some women a week to 10 days before menstruation begins. Symptoms include feelings of depression, irritability, tension, mood swings, changes in appetite with specific food cravings, trouble sleeping or a sense of feeling out of control or overwhelmed. Some women experience physical symptoms including breast tenderness or swelling, joint or muscle pain, bloating or weight gain. These symptoms stop after menstruation begins.

To receive a diagnosis of PMDD, symptoms must have occurred in most menstruation cycles in the past year and must have a negative effect on daily functioning.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

occurs in children and adolescents age 6 to 18. Symptoms include chronic and severe irritability as well as severe and frequent temper outbursts. Outbursts can include physical or verbal aggression and are considered out of proportion to the situation and cannot be attributed to the child’s developmental age. In between outbursts, the child’s mood presents as irritable or angry most of the day, nearly every day and outbursts occur three or more times per week on average.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

is a depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, for at least 2 years. Other symptoms can include poor appetite, insomnia or sleeping too much, low energy, low self-esteem, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions or feelings of hopelessness. Persistent depressive disorder can begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Individuals with persistent depressive disorder often do not seek help because their symptoms have become normal or a part of their lives.

Experiencing one or more of these symptoms?