Licensed Mental Health Counselor

M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

Dawn earned her Masters Degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu after working as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Hawaii since 2004. Originally from Minnesota, she has lived in Hawaii since 2003, getting to know the people and culture through community service projects and sports.


She started Dawn Patrol Assessments in 2011 when she saw the need for positive growth and support in the community. Dawn is excellent at finding creative ways to connect with people, including implementation of Aquaponics and Worm Cultivation projects with a juvenile substance abuse program.

Dawn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (license #379), Board Certified National Certified Counselor, and is certified Internationally and in the State of Hawaii as the following:

  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (#1337-07)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (#208-11)

  • Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (#300-11)

  • Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (#107-10)

  • Vocational Assessment Specialist (#CL1276)

  • QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor (#5889)

Counseling Theory​


My theory of counseling is an integrative approach. There are various ways of implementing diverse theories and techniques in which people can benefit from. I focus on the delivery of therapy in creative ways. The basis of my counseling theory is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, dialectic behavior of mindfulness, and a family systems approach.


The art of effective counseling not only addresses the identified need of the person, but the co-existing issues related to family, relationships, employment, education, spirituality, physical health, and mental health. I believe the development of an effective counselor depends on the presence of attitudes, being in the here and now, reflecting openness to alternative approaches, appreciation of diversity, and most importantly the willingness to change.


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Mental Health Counseling

Substance Abuse Treatment

Family Solutions Therapy  

Criminal Justice Treatment

Suicide Prevention

Stress Management


Staff/Agency Training

Telehealth Options