I have lived the full circle of the entire Pacific Rim and Hawaii is home, where I am blessed to do my writing near the ocean and across the street from the Zoo. Mornings are a perfect writer’s mix of tropical breezes and the sounds of elephants, lions, monkeys, and birds.

Vali Hawkins Mitchell, PhD, LMHC, CEAP, REAT, is well published in literary, arts, and professional journals and an award-winning artist. As a Coach, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Provider, Disaster Trauma specialist, she is Co-owner of Employee Assistance of the Pacific and ImproVizion Consulting in Honolulu, Hawaii and holds a PhD in Health Education, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and another Master’s degree in Expressive Arts.