Aloha! My name is Raenissa Sagapolutele, but I go by Noe. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and have been practicing within the field of Social Work for approximately 20 years. My work experience has primarily been with children and families in the Wai’anae and Kapolei areas, although my employment experience has given me the opportunity to serve many different populations — individuals and families — from Kahala to Kahuku to Ka’ena and most everywhere in between. One of my greatest passions in life is to help improve the mental wellnesss of individuals across our pae ‘āina (islands) — beginning in the most underserved communities and outwards.
My therapeutic approach is relational, supportive, and forward-focused. While a variety of therapeutic modalities will be employed, it is essential to emphasize that YOUR story, YOUR thoughts, and YOUR feelings are always prioritized within our therapy sessions. My goal is to facilitate the discovery of the strength, courage, and resilience that already exists within you. I look forward to journeying with you — towards better and brighter, and the authentic expression of your own truth.
There is a saying that goes, “Just because someone carries it well, doesn’t mean it’s not heavy.” Currently, my focus is on working with individuals who, on the outside, seem to be carrying their burdens well — yet on the inside, grapple with the challenges of anxiety, burnout, and overwhelmment. As a therapist, I am dedicated to creating a safe space where these hidden struggles can be explored and addressed, offering support and guidance to navigate the complexities within, fostering a path towards resilience and improved well-being.
My communication style
My communication style is genuine, warm, and relatable — yet activating and empowering. My hope is that every individual departs therapy feeling uplifted — knowing that they have been genuinely seen, valued, and heard. It is my belief that through this collaborative journey, individuals can discover their inherent strengths and resilience, ultimately realizing that the best is yet to come.
My journey to mental healthcare
Noelani (or Noe for short) is originally from North Kohala, Hawaii Island — where she was born and raised throughout her early childhood. Born to teenage parents, Noe understands the hardships that can come along with having to grow up at an expedited rate — at times experiencing food, financial and housing insecurities. In spite of these hardships, Noe’s passion has always been to help people. Whether it was giving away her allowance to a homeless person or peer counseling friends at school (Eō Kamehameha!) — working with people, listening to their stories and helping them get to a better place has always been an innate joy and gift. Noe currently resides on the island of Oahu with her amazing husband and two beautiful keiki. She attended Azusa Pacific University and The University of Hawaii at Mānoa. It was there that she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Two years post graduation, Noe earned the distinction of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Noe has been practicing within the Field of Social Work for approximately 20 years and counts each day as a blessing. Her work experience has primarily been with children and families in the Wai’anae and Kapolei areas, although her employment experience has given her the opportunity to serve many different populations — individuals and families — from Kahala to Kahuku to Ka’ena and most everywhere in between. Noe has a huge heart to help and serve those in our pae ‘āina (islands) — beginning in the most underserved communities and outwards.