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Counseling and Resource Center

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 BurwellJessica Burwell, M.A.

Director, Counseling and Wellness

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

WA. State Approved Supervisor


Jessica 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.

DianaDiana Chernisky, M.A.Ed.

Assistant Director, Counseling and Wellness

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

National Certified Counselor

WA. State Approved Supervisor


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.

  • M.A.Ed., Community Counseling | Seattle University
  • B.A., Psychology and Criminal Justice | Seattle University

Rebekah Thorne, A.A.S.

Office Manager bekah


Rebekah is a community college graduate who has been working in higher education for approximately 5 years. Focused in the mental health field, she has gained invaluable insights while working alongside Licensed Mental Health Professionals. As a member of the Iñupiat Village in Alaska, Rebekah intentionally brings a compassionate and social justice lens into her interactions with students. She knows firsthand how it feels to navigate the college as a bi-racial First Generation college student and is passionate about supporting students on their way to success. 

  • A.A.S., General Transfer with a concentration in Biology and Multicultural/Gender Studies | Shoreline Community College

Meet the Counselors

Amy Hersh, M.A. (in progress) amy

Counseling Intern

Amy is currently completing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University Seattle and a certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis and Clark College. Her background in environmental/anti-bias education and non-profit work has informed her growing counseling identity and passion for equitable, accessible, and culturally sensitive mental health care. Amy is interested in ecotherapy, somatic, and narrative approaches to counseling, and has previous experience working with individuals navigating anxiety, stress, depression, relational challenges, identity, trauma, and pandemic fatigue. Amy aims to provide a safe, grounded, and culturally sensitive presence for students of all backgrounds and identities to grow and heal through connection and self exploration. When not working or studying, Amy enjoys knitting, hanging out with her dog, hiking, and reading memoirs. 

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (In Progress) | Antioch University Seattle
  • Certificate - Ecopsychology (In Progress) | Lewis and Clark College
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, Minor in Human Rights  | University of Washington, Seattle

Elizabeth Cashion, M.A.Ed.elizabeth

Associate Faculty Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

She has spent the past decade working with students on college campuses across the country, developing a deep level of empathy for the student experience and an awareness of the challenges students face both academically and personally.

Elizabeth believes in a holistic and integrated approach to counseling and will help you navigate your concerns in a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment. She considers it a privilege to sit with you and work in collaboration with you to accomplish meaningful change and instill hope for your future.

  • M.A.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Seattle University

Erica Walters, M.A. erica

Associate Faculty Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate


She believes counseling begins by working in partnership with the client to create a safe and caring space.  By processing challenging and painful life experiences together, she looks to generate pathways for flexibility, growth, and healing.  Honoring the experience of the client, Erica is committed to engaging with multicultural issues.  She advocates for the discovery of resilience and empowerment within the individual.  Erica finds comfort in listening to music, reading, and cooking.  She has developed several new hobbies during social distancing, and enjoys watercolor painting and indoor gardening.    

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Antioch University Seattle


Jamie Robbins, M.A.

Associate Faculty Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Certified Art Therapist


Jaime has worked in the field of mental health for over  15 years, serving in community mental health, private practice and academia.  As a Board Certified Art Therapist, she is passionate about the powerful role creativity can serve in the healing process and the personal wisdoms that can be understood through art-making.  Jaime approaches counseling as a collaborative process, working with clients to establish the goals of therapy and often seeks ways to help increase healthy relationships and maximize community resources.  Working from a Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused and social justice lens, she strives to provide her clients with a warm and safe environment where personal exploration, skill building, and empowerment can thrive.  Jaime loves to play sand volleyball, make art, hike, paddle board, and be outside with her family and her big dog Ziggy.  

  • M.A. Psychology | Antioch University Seattle
  • B.A. Human Development | University of California, San Diego


Jill Pruss, M.A. (in progress)

Counselor Intern


Jill believes the therapeutic relationship should be collaborative and holistic which is reflective in her therapeutic approach. She is inspired by a variety of modalities, including drama, geek, and creative arts therapies, that seek to support individuals on their personal journeys. Jill co-facilitates an online role-playing game group called Muggles & Magic at Ryther - Aspiring Youth where she has experience working with kids and teens who need support in building social skills. Her future counseling interests span a wide range of populations such as older adults, children and teens, and individuals with disabilities. In her free time, Jill enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, watching YouTube, creating spreadsheets, and caring for her aquatic friends that live in a planted aquarium in her home office.

  • M.A., Counseling with Drama Therapy (In Progress) | Antioch University Seattle
  • B.S., Psychology | Bastyr University

Kendra Thew, Ph.D.


Full Time Faculty Counselor

Licensed Psychologist

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

WA. State Approved Supervisor


Kendra's counseling experience includes work with diverse individuals, couples, and groups. Her work focuses on creating a safe, multiculturally responsive, and inclusive space. She believes everyone deserves basic human rights including respect and dignity. Kendra believes in the power  of healthy relationships and connections with others. She is also focused on how the larger culture and systems influence the quality of relationships and health. 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 dog, reading, board games, crochet, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology | Washington State University
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy | Gonzaga University
  • B.A., Psychology | Gonzaga University

Leslie Hall, M.A.Ed. (in progress) 


Counselor Intern


Leslie is currently completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus in social justice at Seattle University. Leslie has transitioned to counseling after working 8 years in the corporate world as well as working with the International Rescue Committee,  Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood. Leslie views the counseling process as collaborative in nature. Leslie does not view counseling as a one-size fits all approach but shapes it to your needs in the moment to help you navigate the complex terrain of being and becoming. Her approach is kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Leslie’s interests include bouldering, beauty and fashion, going on flat hikes, and reading food magazines!

  • M.A.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Seattle University
  • B.A., International Relations | University of San Diego 

RoseRose Earl, M.A.

Associate Faculty Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate


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.

  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Antioch University Seattle
  • B.S., Psychology | Washington State University

SatokoSatoko Takeda, M.A.

Full Time Faculty Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

National Certified Counselor

WA. State Approved Supervisor

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.

  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Antioch University Seattle
  • B.A., Psychology | Western Washington University

Sarah Gordon, M.A.Ed. (in progress) sarah

Counselor Intern


Sarah is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. She has experience working with diverse college populations around wellness and health, healthy relationships, human sexuality, and suicidal ideation. As a 1st generation college student, she recognizes the unique challenges and excitement that goes into those experiences. Sarah is a Seattle native and enjoys hiking, reading, stand-up paddleboarding, and hanging out with her cat.

  • M.A.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling (In Progress) | Seattle University 
  • B.A., Health Studies and minor in Consciousness Studies | University of Washington Bothell