About Dr. Allana Coffee
Allana Wade Coffee, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa earning her Ph.D in Educational Psychology in 2004 and a Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Psychology 2012. Since 1995, Allana Coffee has worked as either a Consultant, an Educator or a Counselor for The Department of Education, The Academy of the Pacific, Kapiolani Community College, Chaminade University, The University of Hawaii – Manoa and Kaiser Permanente. Currently, Dr. Coffee is in private practice serving adolescents, adults, couples, and parents. Dr. Coffee and her husband Jerry founded the Honolulu Psychology Collective. Dr. Coffee is active in several community non-profit organizations including The Brain Injury Association of Hawaii, Pilot Club of Honolulu, Hawaii Psychological Association, and serves on the Diversity Equity and Steering Committee, DESC.
Seeking counsel, understanding and an explanation of the inner psyche has been a bedrock of humankind throughout history. Many of our early guides through the world of human emotion and the mind were rooted in mysticism, animism and or religion. They interpreted signs and gave prophecies based on the beliefs of the times and the history of their people.
Today’s mental health counselors look to the study and science of human thought and behavior. Predictions of the future are based on past behaviors, research, and probability studies and algorithms.
A way to think of therapy is comparing it to the renovation of a house. It is a good house. It is strong, has good structure and it shelters you. You were born into this house. But your house has been neglected or it has sustained some damage, wear and tear. Many things happen both on the inside and on the outside of your house. Most things that happen are beautiful. But sometimes strong winds, floods, fires, breaking and enterings can absolutely cause damage. You have been encouraged to and you know you need to repair the damage or strengthen it in preparation for the future. You are a good housekeeper but you have done as much as you know how to do, ALONE. You may have spoken to your neighbors, friends, and family and wondered about the advice they were giving. Perhaps their houses weren’t strongly constructed either or they just didn’t seem to quite understand the problems you were having. Perhaps you recognize that the do-it yourself repairs or quick fixes are not permanent solutions.