Rosalie Tatsuguchi Ph.D.
Rosalie Tatsuguchi, Ph.D. started working with children with learning difficulties and their parents in 1983. Her practice has evolved into working with families, couples and individuals. It is centered on helping her clients resolve relationship issues, learning difficulties, transition successfully through major life changes, and supporting family caregivers to take better care of themselves in order to take good care of their dependent family member. Beginning in May of 2016, she will be seeing 25-30 clients per week.

Rosalie earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, became a licensed psychologist in 1981, and started her private practice in Kaimuki. She has a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from UH-Manoa and a B.A. in Philosophy and Asian History from San Jose State University. Dr. Tatsuguchi is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is certified by the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Her practice consists of clients of different ethnic backgrounds, varied ages, socio-economic levels, and religious beliefs. Dr. Tatsuguchi sees between 30 to 35 clients a week in her active practice. Her years of experience have led to a focused interest on the mind-body connection, particularly on the influences that biochemical processes and culture have on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She now shares the insights gained from her years in clinical practice through educational seminars and presentations to the community.

Family Background:


In the late 1920s, Dr. Tatsuguchi's parents came to Hawaii as the first ordained husband and wife ministry of a Jodo Shinshu temple (Shinshu Kyokai Mission of Hawaii) at the request of its members. Her father, the youngest son, was a descendant of fourteen generations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist ministers. Her mother became ordained as a Buddhist minister during a return visit to Japan in 1935; she was also a nationally certified teacher in Japan.

During World War II, Dr. Tatsuguchi's father was interned for the duration of the war (December 7, 1941 - November, 1945). On the night of December 7, Reverend Tatsuguchi was picked up by the U.S. Military Police as he was helping people out of the rubble from stray bombs on King Street. He did not return home until after Armistice (Veteran’s Day). In his absence, Dr. Tatsuguchi’s mother became the minister of the temple and raised six young children alone during this difficult time.

Dr. Tatsuguchi grew up dealing with the confusion of her family's strong, minority, cultural values conflicting with those of the dominant western culture. Educated in Hawaii’s public schools, Rosalie had to deal with the dichotomy of cultures. Experiencing the confusion and turmoil of growing up in two cultures during the Second World War influenced Dr. Tatsuguchi’s study of Philosophy, Asian History, and Education. She incorporates the knowledge she accumulated through these studies into her clinical practice, helping her clients to understand the influences that culture have on their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. From her Buddhist upbringing, Rosalie helps clients to know and understand their “Buddha Nature” (busshin) – the seat of a person’s wisdom and compassion – and how to nurture and protect it, in an ecumenical way.