Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Intuitive Healing or Bloodline Healing a replacement for therapy?
No. None of my services are meant to be a replacement for conventional psychotherapy or medical care. Many of my clients have been in therapy for many years and share that conventional therapy has been essential to their progress. They most often seek another perspective when they have hit a plateau in their progress. I see the work that I do as a compliment to therapy, not a substitute. If you do not currently have a therapist or physician, I can provide you with a recommendation to an open minded, licensed provider who I have collaborated with in the past. It has been my experience that combining Bloodline Healing which is more educationally based with sound, conventional therapy and medical care give the client the best of both worlds. Though I am not a therapist, I still abide by the HIPAA Act which establishes confidentiality laws for all healthcare providers.
Are you providing Native American Healing practices for money?
No. None of the services that I provide in my private practice are Native American ceremonies or spiritual practices that I was taught through my elders. Much in the same way that people of Jewish descent participate in the Jewish religious life at their specific synagogue, Native American communities have services that are reserved for members of that particular community. Many of these services are not open to the public out of respect for the community’s privacy. These services are not done for money, however traditional gifts of tobacco, fire wood, and other forms of gifting are accepted according to the specific tradition being practiced. I do serve as a pro bono Master of Ceremonies (MC) for public events such as the All Nations Powwow in Hilo. I also serve as the Assistant Director for the Native Intertribal Council for Heritage and Education (NICHE) on a volunteer basis. For more information about Hawaii based powwows and cultural/educational events that are open to the public, please go to the NICHE website: http://www.nichehawaii.org/
Do You Offer Sliding Scale?
I make a considerable effort to keep my rates as low as possible. At this time, I do not offer sliding scale. If you are having financial difficulties, there are many qualified providers available here: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
Are you associated with White Bison, Inc.?
The Bloodline Healing Project has no relationship with the White Bison Wellbriety Movement. I have not attended any training by White Bison, nor have I used any of their programs or information in my work. You can find out more about their addiction recovery services here: http://www.whitebison.org/white-bison/white-bison-about.php
Is the Bloodline Healing Project an academic based program?
The Bloodline Healing approach was developed as a grassroots effort outside of academia. The method unfolded on its own while I worked with Jewish Holocaust survivors who sought a fresh perspective on the residual mark of history. The work was further developed into a structured approach offered in workshops by Aviva Shira Bernat MD, Jessica Gelson MFT, and Dina Bernat-Kunin LCSW. In my view, some innovations begin in academia and are later disseminated to the public. Other innovations begin as a boots on the ground solution, which academics later study. Bloodline Healing was founded in the field as an attempt to help people find an empowering way to release their family history.
Is the work you offer exclusively for Holocaust Survivors?
No. Bloodline Healing is meant as a multi-cultural forum for people from ALL faiths and backgrounds. While Holocaust survivors were the initial inspiration, I have worked with people of Irish, Italian, Israeli, Turkish, African American, Native American, Asian and many other ethnic and religious heritages. You need not know the full history or your family, nor even have a substantial family tree in order to gain fresh insights and learning experiences from a workshop or session.
You have a Hawaiian Name, yet you are Mohawk by descent. How do you explain this?
I was adopted into the Adams family, a Native Hawaiian family in Kaneohe, Oahu and named by Kimo Adams and Kamakakehau Fernandez. There are many naming practices that are still maintained by Native peoples today. Some of these names are meant to be private names used only in ceremonies, and others are meant as public a honoring. The name they gave me, Kamananuio’keola, means His Great Spirit of Life, which was meant to acknowledge me as a teacher of life in order to encourage me to share my abilities with Hawaii.
I am Mohawk on my father’s side of the family and I still practice some of the Iroquois traditions of my heritage. I was fortunate enough to inherit traditional Iroquois cultural practices through my Uncle Richard Wentz who was adopted into the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation. His main teachers were Heron Clan Mother Thelma Crouse from the Allegany Indian Reservation, her husband Al Shane (Blackfeet), and Peacemaker, Herbalist, & Hawk Clan Mother Myrtle Peterson of the Coldspring Longhouse. My uncle’s adoption was performed by former Seneca Nation President and respected Elder George Heron. I do not publicly share the private teachings passed onto me, however, the wisdom of these Elders have certainly shaped the practitioner I am today.
I married to a Native Hawaiian woman, and on a daily basis, we build bridges between our two distinct Native cultures. It is our plan to raise our children with both cultures, so I do my best to learn the indigenous culture connected to the land I call home. My wife and I are currently learning the Hawaiian language to ensure that our children speak at least one indigenous language as part of their cultural education. I also intend to teach them to pray in the Mohawk Language (Kanienkehaka).