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Category: EMDR

  Dr. Hibscher has 35 years experience as a clinical psychologist, utilizing evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to treat a wide variety of disorders and problems. As Clinical Director of HIR, Doctor Hibscher oversees all psychological treatment. 
Therapist Fernando began working in the substance abuse/addiction field in 1987 in New York City and continues his work as a counselor/therapist at Hawaii Island Recovery. Fernando holds a Masters Degree in counseling (MSEd.) from Hunter College in NYC and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the state of Hawaii. He is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a retired Certified Alcohol and Substance Counselor (CASAC) in New York State.
Although it’s true that drug and alcohol addiction wreaks havoc on your body, the harm isn’t only physical. Drug and alcohol addiction affects the entire family and can have serious effects on your loved ones.
10. 13. 2016 Read more
What is emotional trauma? How does this disruptive condition start? Why are some people affected by emotional trauma more than others?
06. 30. 2016 Read more
The more we learn about substance abuse, and addictive behaviors like gambling, anorexia, bulimia, and other destructive, unhealthy activities, the more quickly we address the issues that undermine quality of life.
12. 15. 2015 Read more
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a relatively new treatment technique that helps people replace traumatic events and memories with more positive emotions. Although EMDR is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of trauma, it has also proven to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors and addictions, all disorders that are often deeply rooted in trauma.
09. 22. 2015 Read more

Frank is a certified EMDR Therapist at Hawaii Island Recovery and is an EMDR Consultant in training.


Damien is specializing in the treatment of trauma (PTSD, physical/sexual abuse, developmental trauma), depression, anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, relationships, family work, anger management, male mental health, autism/learning disabilities.

Alcoholics and drug addicts don’t just wake up one day and decide to abuse a dangerous substance. Each of these individuals has a life and a story of how they got to a place of drug or alcohol dependency. For many of these men and women, that story begins with a traumatic event in their childhoods.

10. 11. 2016 Read more

It’s hard being a substance abuser. You have to score, you need a place to kick back, you need money for tomorrow’s bag, tab or rock, and nobody wants to be your friend except other drug abusers.

03. 16. 2016 Read more

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is growing in popularity among traditional and non-traditional medical practitioners. Why? Because it works.

11. 20. 2015 Read more
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