About Me

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Hawaii and Washington State.

I have worked for over two decades in the mental health field and have been honored to work with clients ranging in ages from 3 to 86 experiencing struggles in various areas of their lives.  Beginning as a child therapist and working with behavioral disorders, academic challenges and fostercare, I developed a love for working with families.  I transitioned after almost ten years to working predominately with systems experiencing divorce, sibling rivalry, estrangement, blended, stepparents learning how to be a healthy family.  That valuable work opened the door to couples and adults, which is my passion.  

I enjoy working with couples having high conflict, experiencing a rupture and trying to get back to each other.  I focus as well on individuals struggling in their life cycle, exploring themselves and eager to work through the transitions. Particular areas of interest are issues around emotional regulation of anger and anxiety, military lifestyle, and overall just trying to figure out where we fit in this world of ours. 

Interactive. Solution-focused. Personal.

My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and complex relationship issues. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client system.  You are the expert.  We are a team, working together in a safe and compassionate space to create real solutions to make the change you want in your life.

Real Solutions Therapy

My goal in creating a group practice came during the pandemic and the increase need for services.  I couldn't keep up with the inquiries of those seeking someone to talk to during quarantine and the subsequent aftermath.  I was also noticing an increase in those looking for sliding scale and having difficulty finding therapy that they could afford.  I also realized that new therapists and those still in university were also struggling to find clients and gain the experience to provide therapy to those seeking care.  I saw a place where we could help each other.  Real Solutions Therapy is a combination of Intern Therapists from Accredited Universities enrolled in Masters programs in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Fields and Associate Therapists on track to get full licensure with Washington State.  These are vetted quality therapists with a wealth of experience in education and life experience that provide accessible therapy at an affordable rate.  We approach the therapeutic process as a team, under my weekly supervision, regular case consults and additional monthly trainings.


Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Washington, 2000
Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University 2003

License, Certifications & Awards

AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Licensed Hawaii Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Washington Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor, February 2011
Certified Facilitator Prepare/Enrich: September 2012
Certified Specialist Anger Management 2020
Discernment Counseling 2020

Additional Training
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Oriented Brief Therapy with Challenging Children and Adolescents
Anger Management for Children and Adults
Counseling with Military Families
Hawaii Department of Education Behavioral Health Specialist
Distance Credentialed Counselor
Military and Family Life Counselor

Disruptive Event Management

Professional Activities and Memberships
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
WAMFT, Board Member 2019-2020
AAMFT- Hawaii Division, Secretary 2012-2015
Contributor in Honolulu Family Magazine Article
Contributor in Military Spouse Magazine: October 2014
"Finding the Courage to Face your 4 Biggest Military Life Fears" Janine Boldrin

Video Tips for Relationship and Family Issues on
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