Brianna Rivera , EdD, LMHC

We are all human and life can be difficult, especially in the ever-changing world that we live in today. My job is to create a place of healing and love. I help my clients to accept and learn to love themselves, gain skills to thrive in relationships and live their lives in an empowered and meaningful way. Individuals may struggle with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, hopelessness and/or complex trauma.. Each and every one of us deserves a healthy and balanced life, and I help individuals to create this through purposeful therapy experiences. Trust and acceptance are my guiding principles. I have a holistic and collaborative approach and will use different evidence-based practices that fit each individual.  Everyone is unique, as is my therapeutic style. I create a safe space that empowers my clients to grow.  I feel honored to support people on their sacred journey.

I was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands.  My work with local families has added a depth and breadth to my psychotherapy. I work with a variety of people from different walks of life, and value and understand that a person’s cultural lens is crucial to the overall therapy process.

DBT- Mental Health & Therapy Counseling | Hawaii & Colorado
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Areas of Specialty

I provide psychotherapy services to children, teens, adults, and families.  I also love working with and supporting the LGBTQ community.  I meet clients right where they are and incorporate humanistic approaches and techniques that fit each person. I integrate Family Systems Therapy (FST), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mentoring, and mindfulness into sessions to help treat an individual’s body, spirit, and mind.

  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Healing the effects of trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Managing and regulating emotions (depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, anger, self-esteem)
  • Coping with transitions and stress
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Parent management training skills
  • Life skills
  • Finding balance and purpose

Experience & Training

  • Extensive therapy work with at risk adolescents through Hawaii’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD)
  • Facilitated trainings focused on depression, anxiety, and safety planning
  • Completed various trainings on complex trauma
  • Guest speaker and lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on LGBTQ
  • MA in counseling psychology from Argosy University- San Francisco, CA
  • Ed.D in Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University- Honolulu, HI
Brianna Rivera

(808) 451-3960

767 Kailua Rd, Ste 202, Kailua, HI 96734