Counseling and Resource Center

Meet the Staff

Our counselors have at least a Master's level education in counseling or related field and are licensed or licensed eligible in the state of Washington.

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 boarding.

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 and a Master of Arts in Education in Community Counseling from Seattle University. 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 traveling.

Laura Sheridan, M.A. (in progress) – Counseling Intern

Laura is completing her third year toward earning her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling at Seattle University. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Community Psychology from University of Washington, Bothell with a Minor in Consciousness Studies. Laura is passionate about social advocacy, as well as multicultural awareness and responsiveness.  She honors the complexity of life's highs, lows, and everything in between. She will work with you to build a foundation and navigate existing strengths and resources to empower your personal journey. Laura believes our lives are greatly influenced by culture and social structure; she can help explore these influences within your unique story.  In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling and relaxing with family.