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Counseling and Resource Center employees

Meet the Staff

Our counselors have at least a Master's level education in counseling or a related field and are licensed or licensed eligible in the state of Washington.

Jessica Burwell

Jessica 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, and serves on the CARE Team and Queer Action Team. She works from a multicultural and social justice perspective. She 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. In her counseling role, she helps individuals find and rediscover the best parts of themselves, gain confidence, and feel more hopeful about their future.

  • M.A.Ed., Community Counseling | Seattle University

Rebekah Thorne, A.A.S. bekah


Office Manager

Rebekah is a community college graduate working in higher education for approximately eight years. Her primary focus in the mental health field, she has gained invaluable insights working alongside licensed mental health professionals. As a bi-racial identifying member of the Iñupiat Village, Rebekah endeavors to honor and welcome students within their unique identities.  She also understands how navigating community college can feel as a first generation student. Rebekah is committed to supporting students with compassion, empathy, and humor on their academic journey(s). 

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

Meet the Counselors

Ashley Martin, M.A.Ashley Martin

Counselor Intern


Ashley is completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University. She has experience counseling adults in a telehealth setting as well as leading parent support groups through PEPS (Program for Parent Support). Before starting her Master’s program, Ashley worked as a SpEd paraeducator and one-on-one aide, supporting primary and elementary age students in Seattle Schools.

Ashley takes a humanistic approach to counseling, helping clients lean into their own wisdom while exploring the experiences, systems, and relationships that impact each individual uniquely. She is passionate about helping others become the best versions of themselves through self-discovery, education, and personal growth. Ashley loves yoga, being outdoors, and creating art. She can often be found recharging her batteries in and around the Pacific Northwest mountains, woods, and waters with her family and her dog.

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Antioch University Seattle (In Progress)
  • B.A. Fine Art | Western Washington University
  • A.A. Whatcom Community College

Becca Pope, M.A.Becca Pope

Counselor Intern


Becca is currently working on her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Seattle University. She has had extensive experience working with children and adolescents. As a former special education teacher, Becca is passionate about connecting students to the services that they need to be successful.

Her approach is about cultivating a trusting therapeutic relationship in a safe space with values of social justice and anti-oppression. Her main theoretical lens is narrative therapy, but she also uses tools from DBT and person-centered therapy. Becca leads from a place of kindness and empathy, viewing wellness on a holistic framework. In Becca’s spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog and cat. She is an artist and is constantly exploring different mediums such as drawing or painting. 

  • M.A., Teaching Language Arts, Lewis and Clark College
  • B.A., English, University of Washington

Beret Ollestad, M.A.Beret Ollestad

Counselor Intern 


Meet Beret, one of our dedicated counseling interns currently pursuing her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree at Seattle University. Beret's journey in higher education began at Bellevue College, where she earned her associate's degree. She is excited to be back on campus working with the Edmonds student community.  

In her counseling practice, Beret aims to create a welcoming and understanding environment where individuals can freely express themselves without fear of judgment. Beret's therapeutic approach is driven by her passion for exploring unconventional methods alongside traditional counseling techniques. She embraces modalities like nature-based therapy and adventure therapy and continuously seeks creative ways to assist clients in achieving their therapeutic goals.

  • M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Seattle University (In Progress) 
  • B.S. Psychology | Western Washington University 
  • A.A. | Bellevue College 

Peter Quirk, M.A. Peter Quirk

Counselor Intern


Peter is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. He is passionate about working collaboratively with students while supporting their personal, academic, and career goals. Peter seeks to provide a warm, welcoming, friendly, and judgment-free space for individuals to explore their personal challenges and hopes for the future. His approach is person-centered and focused on supporting individuals along their journey of healing and self-discovery. In counseling, he will work alongside you developing an integrative approach specifically made for your individual needs. In his free time, Peter enjoys playing music, creative writing, and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Antioch University Seattle (In Progress)
  • B.A. Liberal Studies: Arts and Literature | Antioch University Seattle

Daisy Santana, MSWDaisy Santana


Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical

Daisy strives to provide a holistic and welcoming space in which clients can feel validated and empowered. She aims to bring awareness to mental health by providing education and support. Daisy's experience includes individual counseling, group therapy, crisis intervention, grief/loss, medical trauma, and supporting victims of assaults.  While working together, her goal is to support your healing journey - while respecting you as the expert in your life.  

Daisy enjoys spending time with family and friends, is a fan of game nights, and spending time near the water.

  • MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore 
  • B.S. Psychology | University of Maryland Global Campus 

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 mental health field 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 healing and the personal wisdom one can gain through art-making. Jaime approaches counseling as a collaborative process, working with clients to establish therapy goals, 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


Kendra Thew, Ph.D.


Full-Time Faculty Counselor
Licensed Psychologist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
WA. State Approved Supervisor

Kendra's counseling experience includes working with diverse individuals, couples, and groups. She focuses on creating a safe, multiculturally responsive, and inclusive space, and 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 essential 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