About Maile Labasan
Guiding Growth, embraced in Love, inspired by Life
I was 19 and in my first year of college when my father died after a five year journey with cancer. As a child, he was my symbol of strength and power. His 5 year deterioration and eventual death rattled me to the core and shattered my world view about what was fair and good in the world. Life thus far had not prepared me to deal with the loss and grief death. I was brought up to be stoic and disconnected from my feelings. After his funeral, I returned to college without healthy ways of dealing with the frustration and confusion that I felt. I began acting out and behaved in ways that were unlike me. I was struggling with having to accept what felt to me as an unacceptable reality. The world felt unbearably unfair and unpredictable. Within the year, I was at risk of school failure and felt extremely lost about how to move forward. Luckily, I stumbled onto a grief support group at my University and learned from a very wise and seasoned psychologist about healthier ways to express and process my negative thoughts and feelings. I stayed in school, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, and began working as a counselor in Hawaii community agencies and schools. Through my work as a counselor, I felt inspired to learn even more about health and wellness. I decided to pursue a higher level of education so that I would be able to help people at even deeper levels. And so began my pursuit of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Upon graduating in 2000, I was fortunate to gain valuable experiences in a college and career center, a medical center, and an inpatient child and adolescent facility. One of my dreams became a reality when I opened up my private practice in 2001 where I am gratefully passionate and honored to help people with the very human challenge of maintaining mental health and emotional well-being while navigating through difficult life experiences.
Yoga has become the perfect partner to my psychology practice and has personally changed my physical, mental, and emotional health. After a traumatic surgical experience giving birth to my first child, I was able to heal through the physical practice and philosophical approaches of Yoga. Feeling betrayed by my body and physically broken, Yoga taught me how to reconnect and balance myself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. As I practiced and studied more yoga philosophy, to my delight the yoga teachings integrated perfectly with my personal and professional beliefs about emotional, mental, and physical balance.
I have had the pleasure of serving the O’ahu community with public Yoga classes since 2007 and serving private clients in my therapy practice since 2001. At this time, I am especially excited to offer combined programs, which integrate the wisdom from both yoga and psychology for deeper healing at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. I believe that the mind, body, and spirit need gentle yet effective stretching to grow and expand into the best versions of who we truly are. I joyfully provide this in a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment. My integrated psychotherapy + yoga fusion services for mental health and well being combines reflections, breathwork, and easy flow yoga for a mindful, fun, and creative experience to balance flexibility and strength, growth and presence in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. My students and clients gain personal acceptance, empowerment, and insight so they can step into the world more centered, peaceful, and confident. I teach classes for the every-day person. “Yoga is for EVERYONE!” Modify, modify, modify for less challenge or more challenge. Rather than trying to CHANGE ourself as if something is wrong, psychotherapy + yoga fusion is about becoming the best version of who we truly already are! I consider myself a lifelong learner and hope you see that in yourself too. It's one of the secrets to happiness!