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Caring. Compassion. Change.

Dr. Desiree C. Cabinte, Ph.D.

Welcome to my private practice. I am a licensed psychologist providing culturally sensitive therapy in Honolulu, Hawaii and via online therapy throughout the state of Hawaii. I help adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma and life changes. I enjoy working with good people who have difficult problems take the necessary steps to make their lives and relationships better, more productive and easier.

I identify as a local mixed heritage woman (female pronouns) of color that values inclusivity and diversity. I was born and raised on Oahu and shaped by my parents’ Japanese and Filipino ethnicities and the local Hawaii culture. After high school, I relocated to the mainland for my education. While living in California and Wisconsin I learned, both academically and personally, about the interactions between race, ethnicity, privilege and cultural identities in different parts of the country. After 16 years on the mainland, I returned home to complete my doctoral training and serve the local community and those who make Hawaii their home. The combination of my multicultural and social justice focused psychology training, growing up in Hawaii and living on the mainland for many years has fostered a deep dedication to diversity and providing providing culturally competent psychotherapy. With all my clients, I strive to create a collaborative, compassionate and safe environment to explore their concerns and cultural identifies to improve the quality of their lives.


  • State of Hawaii License #PSY-1614


Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, APA Approved, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2013

APA-Approved Internship: VA Pacific Islands Health Care System

APA Approved Post-Doctoral Residency: VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, Military Sexual Trauma & Women’s Health Emphasis

My doctoral training emphasized culturally competent psychotherapy practice, research, and academic teaching. I have experience that includes conducting psychological assessments, individual, couples, and group therapy in a variety of settings, such as, university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, and Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers.

Master of Science, Counseling, Emphasis: Student Development in Higher Education, California State University, Long Beach, 2006

Bachelor of Arts, Communications,Minor: Organizational Leadership, Chapman University, 2000


  • Trauma/Post traumatic Stress Disorder – training in assessment/diagnosis and evidence based treatments including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Mixed heritage, racial and ethnic identity development
  • Serving underrepresented and minority populations


  • American Psychological Association
  • Hawaii Psychological Association
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists