Welcome Letter

Aloha nui,

I hope this website helps you get to know West Maui Counseling Center. Every person who walks through our doors is treated with compassion, respect, and empathy. Our community deserves nothing less. I believe that people can get better, if given the right tools and support.

When I first arrived on Maui, I lived in and served the people of Hana and will be forever grateful to the Hana community for welcoming me to the island in 2008. Now, I am proud to call West Maui home and have a passion for serving and promoting the mental health of our community. When I first joined the West Maui community, I was surprised to learn that residents had to commute to Central Maui to be seen by a Psychologist. This didn’t seem fair to the hard working residents of the West Side, and my vision for West Maui Counseling Center was born.

When I founded West Maui Counseling Center in 2011, I had no idea it would take me only 2 years to make my vision a reality and expand into the center we have today. I now have the privilege of leading a group of dedicated, ethical, doctoral level colleagues who are committed to providing the highest standard of quality integrated mental and medical health care to our Maui community through our Treatment Team approach. With the expansion to a bigger, totally renovated, ADA accessible office space in 2013 and the addition of highly exerienced, quality doctors, our community has even better options regarding their mental health care.

WMCC has multiple clinicians with different areas of speciality who were educated at some of the finest academic institutions in the country. Each doctor has gone through a rigorous application process as I only invite the best of the best in their respective specialties to join my team. I am continuing to recruit top notch professionals to join the practice and develop new programs and services to meet the needs of our West Maui community. However, what makes WMCC special and different from other practices is that quality will always trump quantity for me as the practice director, and only those with robust training and education and similar professional values will be invited to join the practice.

My mission is to provide a safe, comfortable, confidential, and professional place that the community can count on for the medical and mental health services they need with the assurance of privacy and clinical excellence. WMCC is a special place where all are welcome and every patient is important. I am devoted to raising the bar of the standard of mental health care on Maui, improving access to care, and providing quality training to the future generation of professionals who will serve our community for years to come.

I believe that ultimately, the benefit you receive from psychotherapy, counseling, psychiatric and medical care is directly related to your level of comfort, connection, and relationship you build with your doctor. I am committed to helping all of our patients receive the services they need and I am happy to discuss your individual circumstance to determine who is the best provider for you. Please explore this website to learn more and don’t hesitate to contact me or visit our FAQ page if you have any questions.

Malama pono,
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Kelly C. Harnick, Psy.D., ABPP, MSCP

Board Certified, Clinical Psychologist
President and CEO: Maui Counseling Centers Inc.
Founder and Director: West Maui Counseling Center

Meet the Founder

Dr. Kelly Harnick is the founder/owner of West Maui Counseling Center. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame and postdoctoral clinical fellowship at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Harnick is licensed as a Maui Psychologist in the State of Hawaii, Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

 

She is a member of the American and Hawaii Psychological Associations and certified by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She works with adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health concerns, as well as specializes in recovery from trauma/abuse and women’s mental health. She completed training and worked in large hospital settings including the Department of Medical Psychology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical System, and Sheppard Pratt Hospital, located in Baltimore, MD. She also has specialized experience and training on the inpatient trauma disorders unit at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in the the treatment of PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder, and co-occurring mental health issues related to severe and chronic trauma.

Dr. Harnick completed a Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) in 2013 and collaborates frequently with other medical professionals. She will pursue advanced licensure as a Medical/Prescribing Psychologist with Prescriptive Authority when Hawaii State law permits. Dr. Harnick was recently elected into the leadership of the Hawaii Psychological Association, and serves on the Board of Directors as Clinical Representative (focusing on issues pertaining to the clinical practice of psychology) and is the Neighbor Island RxP Chair. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America Maui County and is involved in legislative advocacy work at the Hawaii State Capitol lobbying for improved access to quality mental health care for the Maui Community. Dr. Harnick also volunteers her time serving on the Board of Directors for The West Maui Taxpayers Association, an organization focused on identifying the needs of the West Maui community and lobbying county and state governments for support for these important community projects. She was recently awarded the first inaugural alumni award from her doctoral program at Loyola University Maryland for advocacy for professional psychology.

Before opening West Maui Counseling Center in 2011, She served as a Staff Psychologist at Molokai Community Health Center from 2010-2012. Before moving to West Maui, She lived full time in Hana and practiced at Hana Community Health Center from 2008-2011, serving the residents of rural East Maui.

In her personal time, she spends time with family and friends, gets to the beach with her dogs, snorkels, is an avid pool crasher, and rides on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, with a helmet of course.

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