We understand that it's every parent and teacher's goal to see their child live a happy life. If your child is suffering from a form of depression, you may experience your child feeling or acting in the following ways:
- Excessively sad for more than a week or two
- Losing weight, sleep problems
- Moody, irritable, argumentative
- Expressing thoughts or engaging in self-harm
- Drop in school performance
- Withdrawing from friends and activities
- Isolating in his/her room
- Excessive time on electronics
The Kahala Clinic will take the time to understand your child's individual needs and create a personalized treatment plan with the goal to help them lead a happy and healthy life.
"I met Dr. Keifer in 2011 when I was desperately searching to find help for my son. Dr. Keifer is compassionate to what the patient is going through. He is equally compassionate to the hearts of the families that are faced with a loved one in pain or struggling; and is masterful at bringing harmony to the ohana as a whole. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Keifer to anyone. "
"Have you seen a grown man cry? Wisdom, Structure, Hope. Dr. Keifer helped two parents drowning in despair regain control of our family. No fluff or ambiguity. By implementing simple but strategic practices, we witnessed our combative son discover a confidence and capacity we were afraid might never blossom. We wanted something tangible. A plan. Something powerful. A few months later, our lives, and more importantly, our child’s future, is now on firmer ground. If I could show you a before and after picture, you’d agree … the results were nothing short of a miracle."
"Dr. Keifer is the most awesome psychiatrist I have ever met. He treated me while I was living temporarily in Honolulu. He is a rare example of a professional care giver who actually listens to you, and doesn't pretend he is a god. His staff is super efficient, and - this is another anomaly in the healthcare arena - they do what they say they will do. I never had any problems getting in to see him; he even stayed late on a couple of occasions to accommodate my schedule. I highly recommend him if you seek a compassionate, highly-trained professional who will go out of his way to help you reach your goals."
"Dr. Keifer heard my story and made sure I clearly understood just how he could help me. I was confused about just how a psychiatrist would help my complex situation as my prior experiences were that they often had little time and focused mostly on making a quick diagnosis and prescribing medication, while another professional had done the psychotherapy. I always felt alone and isolated from my family members, all having there own opinions. Dr. Keifer's evaluation and treatment took all of my needs into account. He made the right diagnosis, prescribed medication, and most importantly also provided the therapy. He included other family members as part of the evaluation and treatment as indicated, in a way that was very specific to my needs and those of my family. With such an approach there was rapid improvement."
We had never considered seeking help from a psychiatrist before, but we faced a challenge with our child that lead us to The Kahala Clinic for Children and Family. Dr. Bell was highly recommended and now we can add to that. She is upbeat, intuitive, approachable and truly wants to provide excellent care - you will see progress with her help. She is nothing short of extraordinary! We have seen tremendous growth in our child. Now she is happy, maintains good relationships and is finding much success in school (this was not the case before). A very special component offered at The Kahala Clinic (for Children and Family) is that parents can receive assistance from Dr. Bell and Dr. Keifer jointly. Together they provide a wonderful balance. We have gained much insight as parents as well as a couple. Our aha moments come often when we are in their presence! They have a great understanding of the intricacies of family dynamics and provide concrete suggestions. We are very grateful to Dr. Bell and Dr. Keifer. There is no doubt, as a family we are better because of them.
Coming to this clinic is one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made. There are times when it is overwhelmingly difficult to seek help for issues that individuals will often spend their lives trying to hide. However, once the decision was made to seek out help there is no better place to go than here. Dr Bell is kindest person you will ever meet. If there are any spaces where you should feel most comfortable, it is here. Dr. Bell has helped me so much. She has helped me to grow, to aspire, and believe in myself. The reality is when i first met her, i felt as if I didn’t deserve treatment and if I was skewed in some way I should have to live with this difficulty. With Dr. Bell’s guidance, kindness ,and compassion that she’s shared with me, I am starting to feel like a whole person again.