About Us

Our Mission:

The mission of the Mindful Living Group is to make mindfulness programs and services accessible so that people, families, and teams will experience its proven benefits. Each professional within the group cultivates a strong and compassionate mindfulness practice to help our clients achieve optimal wellness.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means being aware of the present moment in a compassionate and accepting way with discernment and friendliness. The practice of mindfulness is learning to shift the focus of your attention to the present moment and to allow the moment to be exactly the way it is. The misconception that mindfulness is about stopping your thoughts or having a blank mind is common, but rest assured that you can learn how to shift your attention to observe your thoughts rather than to be consumed by them. The term Mindfulness was coined by Jon Kabbat-Zinn, PhD who brought the practice of Buddhist meditation to the West to be studied in a clinical setting. Mindfulness is the secular practice of meditation.

Why Practice Mindfulness?

The benefits of a regular mindfulness practice have been proven scientifically to reduce stress, improve memory, reduce anxiety and depression, increase emotional regulation, and increase empathy. Recent studies show that over only 8 weeks of practicing mindful meditation on average for 30 minutes a day creates structural changes in the brain which affect mood, attention, memory, etc. A regular mindfulness practice ultimately cultivates the ability to live in awareness, witnessing moment-by-moment your own stream of consciousness. Mindfulness practice helps us develop the capacity to see clearly what we are negatively attached to so that we can cultivate gentler forms of interdependence and end our suffering.

MEET THE TEAM

We are a mental health counseling and education group in mindful community with other healthcare practitioners. We are each committed to our own mindfulness practices so we may be more present with our clients

Jessica Brazil, LCSW

Jessica Brazil, LCSW

Founder, Group Facilitator, Psychotherapist, Yoga Instructor

Jessica is the Founder of the Mindful Living Group. She specializes in treating a variety of mental health and psychosomatic symptoms through a variety of treatment models including yoga, meditation, and the following psychotherapy models; Mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT), Solution Focused, Emotionally-Focused, and Existentialism.  Jessica was trained by the developers of TF-CBT through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and has given many talks and continuing education training events for associations, conferences, businesses, and agencies.  Read more about Jessica here

Areas of Specialization

  • Spirituality & Purpose
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Life Transitions
  • Retreats & Workshops

Insurances Accepted:

  • HMSA (Commercial, Medicare, Quest)
  • United Healthcare (Commercial, Medicare, Tricare)
  • UHA
  • HMAA
  • HMA
  • Medicare
  • TriWest
Tanya Gabriel, MA, LMHC

Tanya Gabriel, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor

Tanya is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Mindfulness Instructor. Tanya provides individual and group therapy services for a variety of mental health needs. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She specializes in mindful-based counseling and guided meditations for individuals and groups. Read more about Tanya here

Areas of Specialization

  • Mindfulness-based counseling
  • Life Transitions (Divorce, Death, etc.)
  • Positive Parenting
  • Anxiety and Depression Disorders
  • Mindfulness-Based Classes and Workshops

Insurance Accepted

HMSA (pending application)

UHC (pending application)

HMAA

Triwest

Cailin Goodier, LCSW

Cailin Goodier, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Cailin utilizes a combination of modalities to ensure a client centered approach with the goal being to assist individuals in making sustainable changes in their lives.  Her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Person Centered Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy allow her to personalize treatment planning to ensure client’s individual goals are met.  Utilizing mindfulness, client empowerment and education, empathy and reflective listening, Cailin’s clients have had great successes in personal and family growth. Read more about Cailin here

Areas of Specialization

  • Children
  • Gender Identity
  • Veterans
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Family Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision

Insurances Accepted:

  • Alohacare
  • HMSA (Commercial, Quest)
  • United Healthcare (Commercial, Quest, Tricare)
  • UHA
  • Triwest
Ashley Clark Comegys, LCSW

Ashley Clark Comegys, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that specializes in working with teens and adults, in both individual and family counseling. In 2010 she graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA with her Masters in Social work, and a specialty certificate in Disaster Mental Health. She has worked extensively with clients who have encountered a violent or traumatic experience, as well as individuals experiencing traumatic grief. Ashley has been trained in the Grief and Trauma Intervention Model, and has worked with clients using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  Additionally, Ashley has been trained as an Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) therapist, and has experiencing working with families and teens experiencing emotional and behavioral issues at home and school. Read more about Ashley here

Areas of Specialization

  • Teens & Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Families
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Crisis Response
Jocelyn Cordero, LMFT

Jocelyn Cordero, LMFT

Psychotherapist

Jocelyn Cordero is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing individual, couples, and
family psychotherapy. She has over ten years of experience working with a diverse range of
clients of all ages, addressing multiple needs in various settings including anxiety, depression,
stress, relationship problems, and mild to severe and persistent mental illness. Jocelyn believes
in creating a safe and calm environment with the foundational belief that people can move
toward growth and healing and have the capacity to find their own answers. Read more about Jocelyn here

Areas of Specialization

  • Relationship Issues
  • Mental and Mood Disorders
  • Dual-Diagnosis
  • Trauma and PTSD

Insurances Accepted:

  • Aloha Care
  • HMSA (Commercial, Quest)
  • HWMG/HMAA
  • United Healthcare (Commercial, Quest)
  • UHA
Rachel Kushner, ND

Rachel Kushner, ND

Naturopathic physician

Dr Rachel Kushner is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and a member of the Hawaii Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Trained as a family medicine doctor with expertise in natural therapeutics, she sees patients of all ages for a variety of health concerns.  Dr. Kushner earned her naturopathic medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona and received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Read more about Rachel here.

Areas of Specialization

  • Pediatrics & Developmental Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Gastro-intenstinal conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Autoimmune Conditions

HMSA Out of Network Provider

Flex Spending & Health Savings Accounts Accepted

FREE 15 minute consultations

Molly Palmer

Molly Palmer

Nurse Practitioner

Molly Palmer was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and later relocated herself in Maui.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health at Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Oregon Health and Science University.  She is often described as active, health conscious, compassionate, and eager to learn. Finding her calling in psychiatry, she has worked as the primary psychiatric prescriber at Mental Health Kokua for the past 5 ½ years serving the Maui community.  As a Nurse Practitioner, she has experience treating Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorders. Read more about Molly here.

Areas of Specialization

  • Adults
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse

Insurance accepted:

HMSA

Tricare (pending)

UHA (pending)
David Bruce Leonard, LAc

David Bruce Leonard, LAc

Acupuncturist and Medicinal Herbalist

David is the founder of the Earth Medicine Institute and practitioner and teacher of all five branches of traditional Chinese medicine: Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Massage, Food medicine, Martial arts. David has studied traditional medicines with healers in Asia, North and South America, and Hawai’i. With a Master’s Degree in traditional Chinese medicine, he has a working knowledge of more than 400 traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, and Western plants. Read more about David here

Areas of Specialization

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Massage
  • Food Medicine
  • Martial Arts

Also specializing in:

  • Tropical Edible & Medicinal Plants
  • Plant Gathering Protocols
  • Nature Skills
Joanne King, MA

Joanne King, MA

Counselor

Joanne joins us from the University of Hawaii, Hilo where she completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She completed her internship there providing counseling for students, couples, and groups.

A member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Joanne is experienced in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Eating (MB-EAT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her practice is grounded in Humanistic psychology. Joanne’s work focuses on health and wellness.

Read more about Joanne here

Areas of Specialization

  • Adults & Couples Therapy
  • DBT, ACT, Mindfulness Therapy
  • Body Image & Self Esteem
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self Improvement/Empowerment
  • Entrepreneurship Challenges
  • Retreats

Who We Serve

We provide counseling, consulting, and other mindfulness services for groups and individuals. We see clients from all walks of life and tailor our services to each individual need. Whether you are facing challenges in your life or just want to enhance your existing mindfulness practice, we have the right services for you. For businesses and organizations, we provide customized programs for your group’s specific needs. Some of the groups we have provided services for are listed below.

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