Counseling and resource Center employees
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.
Jessica Burwell, M.A., LMHC
Jessica currently oversees the Counseling and Resource Center and Wellness Center. She meets with students who are in crisis or seeking career counseling services, serves on the CARE Team and Queer Action Team. She works from a multicultural and social justice perspective and believes that every student has the capacity to overcome barriers and obstacles and succeed in school given they have the relational and community support and resources they need. When in her counseling role she helps individuals find and rediscover the best parts of themselves, gain confidence and feel more hopeful about their future.
Diana Chernisky, M.A. Ed., LMHC, NCC
Diana’s 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.
Adrienne is the Program Specialist for the Counseling and Resource Center. She oversees
our office's day-to-day operations such as scheduling appointments and supervising
our student employees. Her intention is to connect all those who enter the Counseling
Center to the appropriate resources on and off campus.
Meet the Counselors
Ammanfil Oreta, Counseling Intern
Ammanfil believes that a compassionate, trusting, and safe relationship is where the process of growth and change truly happens. Ammanfil’s growing therapeutic style is inspired by mindfulness practices and his background in social justice and multicultural equity work. He integrates various approaches and skills to inform the collaborative process of therapy with clients navigating their depression, anxiety, anger, shame, trauma, grief, and identity. Ammanfil is also passionate about working with boys and men and hopes to create more spaces of healing and connection for them. Ammanfil loves being a dad to his pug (Obi), experiencing new places, eating different foods, doing CrossFit, and expressing himself through any form of art like singing and woodworking!
Bryan Brown, Counseling Intern
Bryan is currently completing his Masters in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He has spent a number of years mentoring, training, and working as a spiritual director for young adults. His work has taken him to several countries, working with populations from refugee communities to college students, children, and families. What most compelled Bryan to this work were his experiences mentoring young adults and observing how care, encouragement, and commitment helped to facilitate positive change in the lives of those he served. His training and experience are in the areas of: Trauma, identity development, anxiety, depression, spiritual abuse, sexuality and sexual development issues, and more. Bryan focuses on establishing a safe and trustworthy therapeutic relationship as the primary means to engaging topics than can be difficult to address. He believes that the way forward is found within and in the generative relationships that are available to us. His motto is that we heal together. Bryan enjoys cooking, traveling, biking, spending quality time with friends, and engaging the arts.
Elliot Huemann, M.A.C.P., LMHCA
Speaks English and Spanish
Elliot completed his Masters in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. After working with college students in his home state of Wisconsin and abroad, he realized his favorite part of that work was building relationships with students. Realizing this, he moved to Seattle to study towards his M.A in Counseling Psychology. Elliot is passionate about multicultural diversity, LGBTQ+ issues, and the science behind how our bodies and minds heal. He brings experience working with gender and sexuality, relationships, trauma, depression, anxiety, and spiritual integration. Elliot works to create a safe, trusting environment where there is space to engage difficult and painful places, so that healing can be built within the therapeutic relationship. In his free time Elliot likes to bake, garden, go on backpacking trips, and spend time adventuring with his friends.
Jordan Stables, M.A.C.P., LMHCA
Jordan draws from his experience as a therapist in a residential center for traumatized youth, as a literacy teacher, and as a racial equity after school program facilitator. Jordan strives to provide an open and caring space to explore the uniqueness of each individual and to be with them in the depths of their pain in hopes of opening new possibilities. He believes each person deserves to be seen and validated as they are in all their nuance and complexity. He sees counseling as a collaborative endeavor where both therapist and client work towards empowerment and healing. Jordan grew up surrounded by the wheat fields of Kansas and has enjoyed the immense beauty of the Pacific Northwest since his move here. He loves being near the ocean, listening to music, and exploring new places on his bike.
- B.A., Psychology, Ozark College
- M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School
Kendra Thew, M.A., Ph.D., LMHC, Licensed Psychologist
Kendra's counseling experience includes work with individuals, couples, and groups. She believes in the power of healthy relationships and connections with others. She is interested in learning about who you are as a person; what is important to you, what is challenging for you, identities you hold, and what you want to change in your life. She aims to provide an environment that is safe to explore uncomfortable topics, generate new solutions, and identify helpful skills. While she takes an Interpersonal and Emotionally Focused Therapy approach, she recognizes different clients are seeking different forms of treatment and adapts her approach to incorporate other theoretical orientations as needed. Kendra enjoys walking her dogs, reading, board games, and spending time with friends and family.
- B.A., Psychology, Gonzaga University
- M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Gonzaga University
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Washington State University
Mary Lea, Counseling Intern
Mary is currently completing a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. With a background in music and love for the way it impacts our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, her transition into counseling is not surprising. Working in music education for the past 12 years, she has enjoyed building relationships with students of all ages and hopes to carry this passion into her work as a counselor. Mary seeks to provide a safe place for genuine connection, where painful stories can be heard, seen, and validated with the hope of healing and transformation. She views counseling as a collaborative effort, a place to explore current struggles and identify solutions along with new ways of moving forward. Mary likes playing and writing music, being near water, walking, yoga, and enjoying friends and family.
- B.M., Music, Belmont University
- M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School (in progress)
Rose Earl, M.A., LMHCA
After spending over 25 years in high tech sales, marketing, and professional development positions, Rose has made a career transition back to her first love: counseling. She brings with her a passion for multicultural diversity and inclusion, social justice advocacy, career counseling and guidance, enabling student success, and parenting support. Rose has experience working with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, academic difficulties, relational conflict, career indecision, and motivational issues. Rose believes that counseling is a collaborative effort between the client and counselor, and that healing takes place in both the mind and the body. As a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Rose has also studied the benefits of indigenous healing. Rose enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and travels whenever she gets the chance.
- B.S., Psychology, Washington State University
- M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University Seattle
Satoko Takeda, M.A., LMHC, NCC
Speaks English and Japanese
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.
- B.A., Psychology, Western Washington University
- M.A., Antioch University Seattle
Seimy Briones, Counseling Intern
Speaks English and Spanish
Seimy is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University Seattle. She has experienced working with individuals and their anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, stress, and emotional self-regulation. Also, she has worked with the Latino population serving older adults, children, and their families. She believes healing takes place in a safe and supportive environment where individuals can be their true self. Her approach is influenced by person centered and holistic psychology by treating the body, mind, and spirit within the context of social and cultural influences. She appreciates individual’s uniqueness and works with clients using different theoretical modalities that best fits their needs. Seimy is from Costa Rica and enjoys doing CrossFit, spending time with her husband, and two dogs.
- B. A., Psychology and Minor in Women Studies, University of Washington Seattle
- M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University Seattle (in progress)