Counseling Services Staff
Emily Low, M.A., Counselor
Emily is a proud graduate of UH Hilo with a MA in Counseling Psychology. Emily strives to be approachable and to listen in a safe, genuine, compassionate way. Emily uses a holistic, integrative counseling approach with a person-centered, relational-cultural and evidence-informed base. This is grounded in the primacy of the relationship and informed by each individual’s unique values, goals and worldview. Emily draws from cognitive behavioral theory and seeks to offer accurate information and practical tools to support growth and change. Emily grew up in a military family and comes to counseling with a background in education. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, groups and families experiencing a variety of life transitions and concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, anger management, abuse, trauma and PTSD, loss, intimate partner violence, relationship concerns, AD/HD, LGBTQIA issues, medical and disability issues, and other mental health issues. She most recently worked as Intervention Specialist at the YWCA of Hawaii Island in Hilo supporting families with young children.
William Karino, M.A., Counselor
William is a recent graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at UH Hilo. William received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah. His life journey started in Kahuku, Oahu, to Tokyo, Japan, to Salt Lake City, Utah, and finally to Hilo, Hawaii. He has gained clinical experiences of working with individuals with various mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, family issues, marital issues, academic and work stress, while he worked as a psychiatric technician in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most recently, he completed his internship at the Veteran’s Center in Hilo, where he facilitated therapy groups and conducted trauma assessment for the veterans. William’s counseling orientation is based on Cognitive Behavioral Theories.
Andrew Polloi, M.A., LMHC Mental Health Counselor
Andrew received his MA in Counseling Psychology from UH Hilo. Andrew seeks to create a supportive, culturally sensitive, understanding, sincere and approachable working alliance. Andrew's approach to counseling is based on cognitive-behavioral theories and humanistic and person-centered theories. Andrew invites students to explore their potential and make the most of their personal and academic experiences. Andrew also directs the Men of Strength program at UH Hilo.
"At the core of my counseling practice I am a person centered therapist. In that, I believe that the human body and mind is designed to heal itself and if I provide an individual the opportunity they can feel empowered to make the changes they want in their lives. Providing empathy, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard are the core of all my interactions whether it be with students seeking counseling, faculty and staff consultations, or in my role as leader for Men of Strength. My vision for myself is to be a competent mental health counselor, be a resource and advocate for Pacific Island students and address gender based violence in our communities."