Mental Health Counseling

Welcome to Mental Health Counseling at Kaua'i Community College! 

We offer personal counseling, consultation, and coaching to help students improve their mental health and wellness.
Our free, confidential services help students:

  • Adjust to college life
  • Learn healthy ways to cope with stress
  • Enhance personal relationships 
  • Receive treatment for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • Cope with crisis (including domestic violence, sexual assault, and thoughts of suicide)
  • Create a balance in their lives
  • Clarify educational plans and life goals
  • Manage ADHD and other disorders 
  • Receive psychiatric referrals

We are sensitive to students of "all" diverse needs and we provide counseling for individuals, couples, and groups.
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Please contact us to schedule a confidential consultation:

Brian Kohatsu LCSW, CSAC, ICADC
Mental Health Counselor
Office: 808.245.8314

Report a Student of Concern

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State of Hawaii, Department of Health Adult Mental Health Division

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call Access Line at:

  • 808.832.3100
  • 800.753.6879

The goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to encourage student health, well-being, and academic success through an active process of assessment and behavioral intervention.

Are you concerned about a student's physical or mental health?  Has a student disrupted your class or caused you to worry about future actions?  Please report a situation, observation, or instinct that tells you to be concerned about a student's safety and/or the safety of the campus community.  Here are some common signs of distress.

If you have concerns about a fellow classmate, report the incident to an appropriate person on your campus, a list of campus contacts is below or you may use the report form on this page.  In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

Margaret Sanchez, 
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Team Leader
Office: 808.245.8274

Brian Kohatsu LCSW, CSAC, ICADC
Mental Health Counselor
Office: 808.245.8314

Cheryl Stiglmeier,
OCET Training Coordinator, Core Member
Office: 808.245.8351

Alicia Sams
Student Support Counselor
Office: 808.245.8317



This is a student support service, if you have concerns about a fellow campus employee, please contact your supervisor, the HR office, or an appropriate union representative.  In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Unsure if you should make a report?

Reportable signs of distress

Threats of violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Endangers the safety of any employee, student, or visitor;
  • Has an impact on an individual’s physical and/or psychological well-being;
  • Causes damage to personal or college property;
  • Creates a hostile campus environment.


  • History of aggression/violence/bullying;
  • Specific/detailed threats to harm another;
  • Destruction of personal and/or school property;
  • Recent attempts to secure weapons;
  • A pattern of poor interpersonal relationships;
  • Defiance of authority;
  • Recent attempts/talks of suicide;
  • Involvement with hate groups or criminal gangs;
  • Frequently angry or easily frustrated.

Personality Traits

  • Drug/alcohol abuse;
  • Mental health issues;
  • Socially isolated;
  • Recent problems at home/school/work;
  • Extreme paranoia/suspicion;
  • Recent serious attacks to self-esteem.

Protocols have been established and are in use for the following occurrences:

  • Disruptive behavior/physical assault;
  • Threats of harm;
  • Sexual Harassment;
  • Racially motivated or bias disturbance on campus;
  • Possession of a weapon;
  • Other violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

If you recognize these signs of distress in anyone please contact any of the BIT team members or use the "Report an Incident or Concern" form.  Remember, if it is an emergency, call 911.

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255 

Sexual Harassment / Assault 24-hour Crisis Hotline

  • YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline: 808.245.6362  
  • Sexual Assault Support Services Crisis Hotline: 808.245.4144