The Counseling Center has a full-time, professional staff of caring mental health professionals who provide short-term counseling.
Director: Dianna K. Abel, PhD
A native of southern California, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. I completed my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah and I am a licensed psychologist. Most of my training and my entire professional career has centered around college mental health. I have worked at the Weber State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center since 1998, as the Director since 2004. While most of my current job is administrative in nature, I still enjoy some clinical work. I integrate interpersonal, humanistic, and feminist approaches, and I like to work with many of the developmental issues common to the college student experience, including identity, self-esteem, relationships, gender, and culture. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working on home-improvement projects, walking, and watching live theater, especially musicals.
Jamie Brass, PsyD
I am a Utah native and earned my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Utah. I wanted to experience more of the country, and so left Utah to obtain my Master's and Doctoral Degrees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I missed the Utah mountains, so I returned home and completed my internship at Utah State University. Much of my training is in university counseling, and I also spent four years working in Wyoming in community mental health before I came to Weber in 2013. I am a licensed psychologist and I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my work with clients. I am generalist and enjoy working with people with a variety of concerns, including stress management, personal growth, and depression. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking with my dog, and working in the garden.
Donna Hunter, MA, CMHC
A New Jersey native, I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Ambassador College in California. I completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Rider University and a Master’s degree in Leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor working in college mental health since 1999. I also spent 10 years working with wildland firefighters on a state, regional and national level as they incorporated human factors psychology into their organizational culture. I love working with issues of identity development across the lifespan. This involves helping people to better thrive in their lives by considering how cultural and biological systems, experience, and attachment inform our self-concept. My approach is integrative but draws heavily from cognitive-behavioral and feminist theoretical approaches. In my free time, I like to ski, travel, and read as well as bake and take professional patisserie classes.
Aaron Jeffrey, Ph.D.
I grew up in California and moved to Utah to earn my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. I received my Master's and Doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in New York. I trained counselors at Minnesota State University-Mankato for seven years prior to coming to Weber State in 2014. I've worked in settings including community non-profits, home-based family therapy, outpatient therapy, and an inpatient treatment facility. I work with a range of issues including marital discord, infidelity, parenting challenges, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, life transitions, abuse, and addictions. I’m the only Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist on staff and work from a systemic/relational approach. I incorporate elements of emotionally-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, golfing, running, watching movies, and reading.
Craig A. Oreshnick, PhD
I was raised on the east coast and journeyed west to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Then to the Midwest, to Iowa State University earning Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology. Here in Utah, I’ve served as a clinician in college/university counseling centers at the University of Utah, Westminster College and Weber State University. As a licensed Psychologist, I am enthusiastic about helping clients across a variety of challenges/pursuits, including overcoming mood and anxiety disorders, implementing stress-management and wellness endeavors, and successfully managing life’s transitions. I co-facilitate our counseling center’s Meditation/Relaxation Group and like to assist others in developing meditation practices and mindfulness skills which, incidentally, are great for enhancing one’s coping in general. On a personal note, I enjoy spending time in the gym as well as time outdoors, swimming and biking amongst other leisure activities. Namaste…
Tamara Robinette, LCSW
Juancarlos Santisteban, LMFT
I am a native of Guatemala. I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Utah to earn my Bachelor's degree in Family Studies from Weber State University. I received my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. I am a bilingual/bicultural therapist (fluent in Spanish), and a first-generation college graduate. I work with a range of mental health difficulties including trauma recovery, marital discord, depression, anxiety, PTSD, life transitions, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I work from a systemic/relational approach. I incorporate elements of narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and have been trained in various evidence-based practices. I have a passion for helping people find and increase hope. I love to spend time with my wife and children, and I enjoy reading and playing and watching sports.
Jonathan Selden, APRN, PMHNP-BC
A native of Seattle, Washington, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University (Provo) and my Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington (Seattle). After working as a Registered Nurse for five years at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, I became an Advance Practice Registered Nurse and Board-certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I then worked for several years at the McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Institute before joining the staff here at Weber State's Counseling & Psychological Services Center. I provide psychiatric services, including comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and psychotropic medication management. I work holistically to treat a variety of disorders, specializing in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and attention-deficit disorders.
Jennette Wood, MSW, LCSW
I am a Wildcat at heart! Growing up in Ogden, I spent much of my youth on the Weber State College campus and graduated from WSC with my BS degree in Social Work. I completed my Master’s degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. Since then, I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with varied populations in diverse settings including medical, psychiatric, community mental health and substance abuse with experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, adjustment, grief and relationships including domestic violence. Returning to WSU in 2008, I enjoy working with university students addressing issues of identity development, stress management and personal growth. I am eclectic in practice interweaving client centered, cognitive behavioral, problem solving as well as other approaches into my work with clients. I enjoy swimming, music, reading and traveling.
Xin Zhao, PhD
I earned my Doctoral degree in Combined Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at Utah State University, and I currently hold a license as a psychology resident in the state of Utah. I specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Additionally, I incorporate elements of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds, and seek to incorporate multicultural sensitivity with all my clients. I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and I am also conversational in Spanish. In my free time, I like playing sports, hiking, gardening, and occasionally learning to fix something from watching YouTube videos.
J. Chris Harrell, BSW
I have lived in Utah most of my life, having been born in Texas and lived in Florida. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Weber State University in 2012. I worked for DCFS after graduating, where I gained experience with permanency and kinship placements. I later joined Davis Behavioral Health as a case manager at their Crisis Recovery Unit, working with adults with a range of mental health issues for four years. I began the advanced standing Master of Social Work program at University of Utah in May 2017, and will work toward my LCSW after graduating in 2018. I am excited to be completing my internship at Weber State's Counseling and Psychological Services Center and expand my therapeutic knowledge and practice. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, pets, and friends, reading, and outdoor activities.