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"I am a 45 year old male with a wife and 3 kids. I just celebrated 20 years of marriage and I could most definitely say that without Dr. Keifer’s help that I would have never been able to experience that. My wife was saying she is going to leave me. It looked hopeless. That’s when we found Dr. Keifer on line. We called and set up an appointment that day. Our first impression of Dr. Keifer was we really like this guy. He was down to earth, smart and easy to talk to. He wasn’t judgmental and we left there with a feeling of hope. I continued to see him for my treatment as I needed mental health care too and so did my wife. I did a lot of damage over the years to my wife and our marriage. So we see him for marriage advice when we need it. I’m happy to say as I said before we just celebrated 20 years married. That would have never happened without his help. I have been a patient of Dr. Keifer for 5 years now and he has helped me with so much. He has helped me stay focused on my goals. He has given me confidence and great ideas to help raise my kids when I am at a loss. He has helped friends of mine get control of their lives as well. He continually helps me with my growth as a man, husband and father. Even though I am older than him, I see him as a mentor or a life coach you might say. I will continue to see him as long as we are able to make it happen. Originally I went to see Dr. Keifer to help just for me, but my family and I got so much more."
"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. "
There is nothing more concerning then noticing that your child is not hitting the bench marks for his age, or behaving like your other children did. As a mother, you just know something is going on. You can only imagine how nerve racking it was to take your child to a child psychiatrist for the first time. Lucky for me, Dr. Bell was so welcoming and reassuring, she listened to my concerns and observed my son before giving me a diagnosis. She was very easy to talk to and answered any questions I had. The best part was that she works with a great team of doctors. They meet together and come up with the best plan for your child. They had my son come to the clinic twice a week to work with their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who is amazing. My son improved his communication skills so much working with The Kahala Clinic team. You just know they really care about the well being of your child, when everyone there knows your child and interacts with him and celebrates with you and your child when he makes accomplishments. While my son mostly worked with the behavioral analyst and behavioral technician, Dr. Bell still met with my son and I to go over progress and concerns and make sure they were providing the best care for my son. I am so happy I found this place and had the opportunity for my son to work with these amazing doctors. They really were a huge stepping stone for my son's growth in communication and laid the foundation that he will continue to grow upon. Thank you so much to the Kahala Clinic team for time dedicated to helping my son, there really are no words that can express my gratitude.
"Dr. Keifer uniquely understands the pressures of raising a young family in this modern, technologically-driven age. Unlike other therapists, Dr. Keifer offers concrete solutions to specific behavioral problems. He provides detailed strategies, rather than abstract advice. His strategies have helped us solve specific family issues, one at a time, gradually and permanently. He does all this with expertise and empathy. With patience and sincerity, Dr. Keifer has cultivated a strong connection with our family. Most of all, Dr. Keifer has empowered us to become strong and confident parents who are in control of our family. We are with Dr. Keifer for the long haul. It is a comfort to know that Dr. Keifer will be there to help our family navigate through all stages of our sons’ lives — from elementary to adolescence to adulthood."
"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 a practical, no non-sense doctor. He doesn't push medication as a first resort. He is solution-focused. He is currently working with our six-year old son which involves working heavily with us as his parents. He is genuine and caring. We have met and worked with a few psychiatrists and also behavioral specialists and psychologists, but none has helped us more than Dr. Keifer. He is not your typical psychiatrist, we think he's much better."
"Successfully treated daughters anorexia using family therapy. Dr. Keifer saved my daughters life. Highly recommend"
"Dr. Keifer is a kind, patient, compassionate doctor who takes time to actually listen to you. This is rare (from my experience) among health care persons today. His office staff is super helpful; getting an appointment was never an issue. Once there, I never had to wait more than 2 min to see him. I think Dr. Keifer is awesome and would recommend him to anyone who wants to make changes in their lives but need help."
"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."
"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."
"From the aggravation and constant fighting at home about the frustration and pressure of my situation, coming to see Dr. Keifer has lifted a big weight off my shoulders. From not being able to eat what I used to, to being able to not worry about the amount of calories I've eaten or the amount of weight I've gained, Dr. Keifer provided the help I needed. As time has progressed, now almost two years since I recovered, I've seen how much this experience has helped my family become closer and I've seen how far I've come."
"My brother noticed my daughter's problem before I did, thankfully he brought it up before it was too late. Dealing with her eating disorder problem was very hard and traumatic for me and my husband. But with the wonderful help of Dr. Keifer, we were able to focus on fighting my daughters eating disorder. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the professional help we received from Dr. Keifer. Without his help, I fear, she would've been gone."
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.
As a teacher for more than 20 years, I am constantly looking for new ways to help my students to become the best they can be. I have had many meetings where I discuss with parents concerns about their child social, academically, or behaviorally. Many of the parents already knew there was an issue, however, had no idea how to proceed. As I teacher, I can establish how supporting the student in class looks, yet in many cases outside support for the student is necessary. I never really know if a family is going to receive the kind of care and support they needed until now. Dr. Cathy Bell and Dr. Jason Keifer demonstrate a high level of professionalism, strong core values, and client/family-centered therapeutic work which I had not experienced previously. They pride themselves in empowering families to see the possibilities while traveling the road to stability. They are patient, kind, non-judgmental, and approachable. My students have openly reported their positive experiences which are a blessing. I have felt valued as a professional myself when asked for input on a particular client once consent is obtained. My experiences with Dr. Cathy Bell and Dr. Jason Keifer have been such; I am confident to recommend them to family and friends as well.
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.