Gina Hungerford, LMFT, QMHP

Team Leader, Hawaii Pathways Project

ALL people need belonging, usefulness and competency.  By taking the time to be sensitive to the unique gifts of others, we can help people find the route to resiliency and achieve personal successes

As the Team Leader for the Hawaii Pathways Project (HIPP), Gina leads a team that provides supportive housing services to chronically homeless individuals by using a Harm Reduction, Housing First approach. The HIPP team strives to house consumers as they are, without requiring them to be sober or participate in any treatment. The team provides intense clinical and supportive services to get consumers housed and then begin to address the needs to maintain housing.

Gina has a long history of volunteerism and mentoring. Gina graduated from California State University, Northridge where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies of Language and Culture and graduated with honors for community service. Gina graduated with academic honors from a Master of Arts degree program in Psychology, with an emphasis in counseling, from the University for Humanistic Studies in California. She is dually licensed in Marriage and Family Counseling in California and Hawaii.

In addition to her private counseling practice (sometimes conducted in ASL), she has also worked as a counselor or clinical supervisor in a variety of non-profit settings serving marginalized communities. These communities included LGBTQ, deaf and hard of hearing, sexually abused/trafficked youth, therapeutic foster youth and the developmentally disabled. She holds certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and dual certification as an American Sign Language interpreter. She also has over 35 years of experience as a community sign language interpreter.  It is her ambition to understand people the way they want to be understood so she remains curious about all of the ways that people express themselves through language, culture and behavior.

Fun Fact: Gina plays African hand drums and likes the scent of Nag Champa incense.

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