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.

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.

Jessi Johns-Bowling, M.A., LMHC-A

Jessi graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies. She obtained her Master of Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She believes pursuing counseling is a courageous act and is committed to helping her clients achieve the change they are seeking. She uses a multifaceted approach to therapy, which is strongly rooted in personal talk therapy. She believes in the power of relationship and works to establish safety and trust with her clients. In her spare time, Jessi enjoys photography, reading, and hanging out with her family. She also lives to travel and discover new places, both locally, and around the world.

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.

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.

Teresa Lin, MSW, LSWAIC

Teresa obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Diversity from the University of Washington-Seattle, and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Coursework included a Generalist Social Work model, mental health counseling, and crisis intervention. Teresa has experience working with severe and persistent mental illness in the community setting; combat veterans at a VA medical center and student veterans in community college; the geriatric population in an inpatient psychiatric hospital unit; and the county jail system as a mental health professional. Teresa uses a person-centered and strengths-based approach when counseling others. Her focus is on remaining open-minded and culturally aware, while finding a way to help others in any way possible. She encourages open and honest communication, and will continuously modify counseling approaches to suit your needs. Teresa is originally from Wisconsin, and likes to read, paint, sing, dance, and spend time with friends and family.

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.