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.
Laura Sheridan, M.A.Ed., LMHCA, NCC
Laura completed her Bachelors of Arts in Community Psychology from University of Washington, Bothell with a Minor in Consciousness Studies and her Masters of Arts in Education, Community Counseling at Seattle University. Laura has experience working with individuals who have survived childhood abuse and neglect, as well as chronic trauma and relational issues. She emphasizes community involvement and advocates for racial equity and the basic right for all people to live in dignity. Laura honors the complexity of people’s experiences, prioritizing clients’ expertise of their own unique feelings and needs. She collaborates with clients to build trust and explore issues through a person-centered, relational, multiculturally responsive approach. In her free time Laura likes walking her dogs and spending time with her 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 boarding.
Kattie Dang, M.A. Ed., LMHC
Kattie obtained her Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education in Community Counseling at Seattle University. Kattie has experience working with students at the University of Washington in multiple capacities, from Academic Counseling to Mental Health Counseling. She also has experience working with individuals who have severe mental illness or are in crisis within the community in King and Snohomish County. She believes counseling is an opportunity to safely explore various aspects of life and utilizes various therapeutic modalities that match individuals needs. Kattie enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures as well as gardening.
* Speaks English and Vietnamese
Daniel Kelley-Petersen, M.A.Ed., NCC, LMHCA
Dan obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the Matteo Ricci College at Seattle University and his Master of Arts in Education in Counseling degree with a specialization in Community Counseling from the College of Education at Seattle University. His counseling experience includes working with individuals and groups within a social justice and advocacy framework that includes personal mental health counseling and career counseling. Dan draws on his experience working with people from multiple identities and backgrounds, throughout the lifespan. He believes the counseling process is an unfolding relationship between the client(s) and the counselor with the focus on building and maintaining trust as critical to the success of therapy. He believes therapy is a safe space to gain self-awareness and strength which can be used as a tool in the pursuit of living a full and authentic life. Dan grew up in a military family all over the U.S. and in Europe but has called the Pacific Northwest home since the mid 1990's. He enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, and reading.
Po-Hsuan Li (Flora), ND (in progress), M.A. CP. (in progress) Counseling Intern
Flora is completing her third year earning her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Bastyr University (fifth year for Naturopathic Medicine program). She received her Bachelor of Science of Life Science in National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Flora has experience working with general population for general health concerns, anxiety, depression, life transition problems, etc. With both Eastern culture and Western naturopathic medicine background, Flora embraces the philosophy of innate healing vitality and the inseparable connection between human and nature. She is passionate about working with clients, identifying their inner wisdom and strengths to achieve their greatest beings and personal goals. Flora is from Taiwan and enjoys painting, reading, listening to music, and coffee!
*Speaks English and Mandarin Chinese
Angelica Nevarez, M.A.Ed. (in progress), Professional Counseling Intern
Angelica received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and is currently completing her third year of her graduate program at Seattle University. Upon completion of her program, she will obtain a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling. Angelica believes that every individual has a unique and complex story that must be honored. She will invite you to tell and process your story in safe environment - while at the same time, encouraging a collaborative exploration of what your story means to you and how it influences your identity. She will join with you in counseling process as you navigate difficult emotions, create goals, develop new skills, and identify existing strengths. Angelica is originally from Los Angeles, California and she enjoys attending concerts, writing poetry, and exploring nature in her free time.
Satoko Weaver, M.A., LMHCA
Satoko obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. Satoko has experience working with culturally diverse populations by providing individual and group counseling in academic and community mental health settings. She sees counseling as teamwork, conducted in a safe and supportive environment, where people can discover more about themselves. Her approach is influenced by strengths-based counseling, and she believes that people possess the skills and strengths to overcome their challenging life situations and are the expert of their lives. She also appreciates individual’s uniqueness and draws from a variety of theoretical modalities to best address client concerns. Satoko is from Japan and enjoys doing hot yoga and pilates, exploring various cultural cuisines, and playing with her blind cat.
*Speaks English and Japanese