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New psychologist in Lahaina Town

By Staff | Oct 31, 2013


LAHAINA – Is your child sullen, sad or angry? Maybe struggling in school? Misbehaving at home? Or are you having problems with depression or feeling overwhelmed with family drama?

There is a new psychologist in Lahaina who can help you, your child or your entire family.

Child and family therapist Steven E. Geller, Ph.D., is open for business at 181 Lahainaluna Road, Suite K.

Dr. Geller moved to Maui to be near his daughter and grandsons.

“I love Maui. We bought a condo here 16 years ago. We visited two to three times a year, and it has always felt like home,” he said.

A Seattle native, Dr. Geller was in private practice for nearly 15 years there.

Prior to his private practice, Dr. Geller served as the director of child and adolescent services for Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, a community mental health center in the Seattle area.

He served as a school-based therapist, helping facilitate children and teens’ grief workshops and working with hundreds of troubled youth.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Geller’s degree is in clinical psychology. He also attended the University of Washington, where he earned two undergraduate degrees – the first one in architecture and the other in psychology.

As a graduate student in North Carolina, Dr. Geller trained at John Umstead Mental Hospital and the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital.

In the Seattle area, he conducted his dissertation research at Seattle Children’s Hospital and completed a practicum at Harborview Medical Center’s Mental Health Unit. He chose children and youth as his first area of concentration.

Dr. Geller focuses on children five years of age and older, teens, adults, couples and families. He started off primarily seeing children and teens, but it soon became apparent to him how important it is to work with the whole family unit. Soon, he was serving individual adults and couples, too.

Dr. Geller’s primary modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. His areas of competence include, but are not limited to, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), school difficulties, stress management, social struggles, depression, marriage and family dynamics, and grief/loss.

“I am a husband, parent, stepparent, grandparent, foster parent, and I have survived living with kids with ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), and those grieving major losses, most with deep-seated anger issues. You can’t faze me. I have been there, done that,” he commented.

For information, call 661-8141 or e-mail steve@sgellerphd.com.