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 boarding. (On leave, returning Summer Quarter 2014)
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.
Jean Giudice, M.A. – Counseling Psychology (candidate)
Jean received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of California, Davis and is currently working towards completing her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. Jean's training has well prepared her for individual counseling and the underlying dynamics that include human development, human behavior, career and lifestyle development, and family systems. Jean's approach is holistic where she addresses all aspects of the individual including emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational and physical realms. Her clients can expect to be received with unconditional positive regard and acceptance as well as an environment that is safe, supportive and nonjudgmental. In her free time, Jean enjoys spending time with her loved ones and enjoying the outdoors.
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.
Terri Lechnyr, Ph.D.
Terry is a licensed Psychologist and has a clinical expertise in helping individuals overcome tough life challenges. She often works with clients who are suffering from anxiety, sadness, disappointments, life changes, grief and loss, life transitions, health struggles, interpersonal struggles, chronic pain, complex health care issues, insomnia, or other significant life challenges. Terri works collaboratively to provide active self-care skills within a solution focused and safe environment. She utilizes cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions to increase motivation, inspire new beginnings, and provide inspiration for change.