EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Dr. Sakai was born and raised on Oahu and received her Doctoral and Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. Prior to completing her doctorate, she completed her Master's degree in Psychology in Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Women's Studies and minor in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was also part of the Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology. Dr. Sakai returned home to complete her pre-doctoral internship in 2014 and National Center for PTSD postdoctoral residency in 2015 at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pacific Islands Healthcare System.
During her graduate training, Dr. Sakai worked in a variety of clinical assessment and therapy settings, including Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto VA and San Francisco VA Hospitals, San Jose Job Corps, and Kings County Hospital. Dr. Sakai also conducted clinical research through Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto VA Hospital, Palo Alto University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Columbia University, Teachers College.
Since returning home to Hawaii and completing her postdoctoral VA training, Dr. Sakai has worked as a staff psychologist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in addition to working in private practice. Currently, Dr. Sakai serves clients in her practice while also providing consultation, presentations, and group psychotherapy on mindfulness meditation and mental health and wellness within schools, hospitals, and businesses. Dr. Sakai regularly attends conferences and participates in consultation group to ensure that she is up-to-date on the latest advances in psychotherapy. In 2022, Dr. Sakai also began serving as the Early Career Psychologist Board representative, a 2-year nominated position of the Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA). Dr. Sakai is also a member of The Guild, a voluntary leadership position of Child and Family Service (CFS). As a Guild member, Dr. Sakai works to raise support and awareness about the role that CFS has, as a community-based non-profit organization, in strengthening families and fostering healthy development in children throughout Hawaii.
Outside of her role as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Sakai is also a mother and wife. She also enjoys remaining active through exercise, yoga, swimming, sports, and dance. Her personal interests include travel and experiencing new cultures, music, cooking, gardening, community involvement, and spending time with loved ones.