Meet our Counselors
Our professional, well trained counselors have at least a Master's level education in counseling or related field and typically licensed as a mental health counselor by the State of Washington. Our counselors have chosen to work in a community college setting and are prepared to assist our clients with a variety of issues and topics to include personal, career and student success counseling.
Renee Calm, M.S., LMFT-A
Renee obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) after two years at Olympic Community College in Bremerton, WA. Renee worked in a residential mental health setting in several different capacities including residential counselor, case manager, trainer and with the nursing department. After several years, she returned to school to obtain her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at SPU. She went on to do master's level work in the student counseling center at the university. Renee works from an experiential perspective with an emphasis in relational systems, which includes focusing on our emotional responses to experiences and expectations and how they become internalized. She believes in approaching therapy with a holistic view This is including biological, psycho-social and spiritual perspectives, taking into account the influence of gender, culture and the roles we have in life. She has counseling experience in family and couple relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain and issues with being institutionalized while underage. Renee enjoys hiking, camping, reading arctic exploration books and spending time with her children and family.
Diana Chernisky, M.A. Ed., LMHC-A
Diana obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice and her Master
of Arts in Community Counseling from Seattle University. Her counseling experience
includes individual and group counseling within a social justice and advocacy framework
that includes personal, career and academic success counseling. Diana's experience
draws from working with underserved, first-generation, and undocumented students.
She believes the counseling process is a journey filled with discovery, challenge
and growth and she is available to provide a safe and supportive environment to gain
awareness and insight. Diana is from Hawaii and enjoys the sun, outdoors and paddle
Fran Fielden, M.ED., M.A., NCC, LMHC
Fran received her Master's degree in Psychological Counseling and Guidance from the
University of Washington. She has worked as a counselor in numerous colleges in Washington
State as well as in the public school system and in community agencies. She is eclectic
and holistic in her approach and has an extensive background in personal, career,
and academic counseling. Fran can assist you in areas of depression, anxiety, self-esteem,
stress, career decision making, and relationships. She is a client-centered, empathetic
listener who will focus on your concerns, clarify, suggest, and help you to take the
next steps towards resolution. She believes that all people can make positive changes
in their lives and that a good counselor supports you and challenges you to grow.
Fran's personal interests include music, film, reading, performing, hiking, travel,
and her family.
Michelle Henningsen, M.A., LMFT
Michelle is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has experience working with adults who are making transitions in their lives, from deciding what to pursue in a career or juggling the roles of being a parent, student, partner or caregiver. She realizes that whatever we do in life, it can be filled with stress and that sometimes we need the help of a counselor to guide us in our journey. Michelle has counseling experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, divorce, and balancing work and/or school and family. Michelle has work experience at a community counseling agency, a residential treatment center, and working with postpartum women, making the transition to parenthood.
Alana Jaeck, M.A.Ed., LMHC-A
Alana received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University at Albany in New York (2005) and a Master of Arts in Education in Community Counseling from Seattle University in August 2013. Her training has focused on individual and group counseling within a social justice and advocacy framework and included coursework in personal counseling, career guidance, college student counseling and development, and addictions. Her counseling approach is based on the unique needs of the individual and it is her belief that counseling is a collaborative process that requires a trusting and respectful relationship between the client and the counselor. Alana believes counseling is most beneficial when the client invests in the process, and therefore she encourages you to be an active participant in your own growth and development. In her free time, Alana enjoys running, hiking, traveling and spending time with her dog.
Cory Kohm, M.A., LMHC-A
Cory obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ithaca College in New York
State and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary in Oregon State. His
counseling experience includes helping clients with adjustment to life transitions,
substance abuse, relationship concerns, and work performance. Cory employs a client-centered,
cognitive counseling approach, whereby he will work collaboratively with clients to
identify how thoughts and beliefs (cognitions) impact feelings and behavior, while
supporting them in their growth process. His goal is to help you identify personal
needs, understand conflicts, discover new options, and make informed choices. Cory
enjoys endurance sports such as triathlon and running, as well as golf, music, and
Keiko Sano, M.A. – Counseling (candidate)
Keiko is currently working toward completing her Master of Arts in Counseling at Antioch University Seattle. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Information-Oriented management in Japan. Before moving to the United States, Keiko trained and served as a consultant for almost 15 years in different countries such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Australia. Diverse cultures and relationships trained her to be culturally sensitive, focus on positives, and respect different values and perceptions. She believes that clients have power of shifting a challenge to an opportunity to grow. Her counseling style is offering non-judgmental support and as much as available resources to clients during their challenging period of the life. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog under the sun.