Farina McCarthy-Stonex Biography

Farina McCarthy-Stonex M.Ed.Psy

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Born in New Zealand where she graduated from teachers college, and worked as an elementary school teacher. Attended BYU- Hawaii where she received a Bachelor’s degree. Attended BYUH Provo where she received her Master’s Degree. She worked at the Church College of New Zealand. She served a LDS Mission in New Zealand South Mission. Married in the temple and has two girls. One of her girls is currently a freshman at BYU-H and the other is serving a mission in San Francisco/ Oakland. She loves swimming every morning, reading, Korean dramas, musical, opera, and spending time with her girls.

Academic Training

  • BA, History, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 1970
  • M. Ed. Psy, Brigham Young University, 1972


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Hawaii

 Professional Affiliations


  • National Counseling Association
  • Australia Psychology Counseling Association
  • New Zealand Psychology Counseling Association
  • Asian Professional Counseling Association

 Areas of Special Interest/Current Professional Activities


  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Brain Therapy
  • Dialectical Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Personal Counseling
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Group Therapy

 Primary Theoretical Orientation


  • Cognitive Therapy