The Counseling Center has a full-time, professional staff of caring for mental health professionals who provide short-term counseling.
Dianna Abel, Ph.D., Executive Director of Counseling, Health & Wellness
Hometown & Places Lived: Downey, CA; Salt Lake City & Ogden, UT
Academic Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Utah 1999
Profession License/Certification: Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Approach/Interests: Most of my current job is administrative in nature, but my focus hasn’t changed: I love helping college students achieve their personal and academic goals. Whether I’m interacting one-on-one with a student or advocating for health and wellness resources at the university level, I highlight the importance of factors such as gender, culture, and lived experiences as they impact identity, self-esteem, relationships, and success. I’m also very committed to suicide prevention efforts on campus and in our community.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: Executive Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness: I lead the Counseling and Psychological Services Center and the Student Health Center, which includes the Student Wellness Program.
Other Interests: Spending time with family and friends, working on home improvement projects, walking, and watching live theater, especially musicals.
Chris Harrell, MSW
Hometown & Places Lived: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but was raised in Florida and Tennessee, until 11 years of age when I moved to Utah and have been in the Weber area ever since
Academic Training: Master’s of Social Work at the University of Utah (2018)
Profession License/Certification: Certified Social Worker
Clinical Approach/Interests: My style of therapy focuses on accepting the things we cannot change and working on behaviors/actions that are in accordance with our values.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: I mostly work in individual counseling, with some group work.
Other Interests: Other interests of mine are reading a good book, backpacking, and hanging out with my wife and our dogs.
Donna Hunter, MA, CMHC
Hometown & Places Lived: New Jersey, California, Utah
Academic Training: MA in Counseling, Rider University, 1997; MA in Leadership, Thierry Graduate School of Leadership, 2008
Profession License/Certification: Clinical Mental Health Counselor, EMDR Certified Therapist, EMDR
Clinical Approach/Interests: As a clinician, I take a systemic approach and 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, life experience, and attachment inform our self-concept.
I help students understand how trauma, abuse, and neglect interrupt healthy development and may link to current difficulties. As a Certified EMDR therapist, I specialize in treating traumatic stress disorders including PTSD. Within a short-term model, I can provide psychoeducation, assessment and stabilization of dissociative disorders, and trauma processing if deemed appropriate for our scope of practice and a student’s unique presentation.
Other Interests: Reading, gardening, travel, skiing, baking (I’ve taken several professional patisserie classes) hiking, laughing, eating, religion and spirituality, and re-watching the Fast and Furious movies.
Kate Lovatt, LCSW
Hometown & Places Lived: Northwest Michigan; Indiana; Chicago IL; Maui Hawaii; Utah
Academic Training: Master’s in Social Work, Western Michigan University, 2003
Profession License/Certification: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Clinical Approach/Interests: My therapeutic style is eclectic, but I draw from Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure Therapy, and trauma-
informed and humanistic perspectives. I am well versed in working with individuals with concerns in
anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, autism spectrum disorder, grief and loss, and relationship issues. I am passionate about my work and thoroughly enjoy this career.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: Therapist & Intern Supervisor.
Other Interests: Time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, reading, and cooking.
Hannah Muetzelfeld, Ph.D.
Hometown and places lived: Atlanta, GA; Athens, GA; Norman, OK; Barcelona, Spain; Albany, NY; and now the lovely state of Utah!
Academic Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University at Albany, State University of New York; M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from University of Oklahoma; B.S. in Psychology from University of Georgia
Professional License/Certification: Psychology Resident
Clinical Approach/Interests: I highly value flexibility in clinical work, and believe treatment should ultimately be adapted to each unique client. I strive to be culturally responsive in my work and place a great emphasis on developing a strong, authentic connection with my clients. I have interests in couples therapy and romantic relationship research and tend to integrate discussions about important relationships (romantic, familial, platonic, or otherwise) in my work. My theoretical leanings are primarily emotion-focused and psychodynamic, where I see value in understanding and working through emotional injuries and pain, while also attending to the influence of early experiences and in-session dynamics; however, I feel comfortable engaging with clients in many different modalities and will prioritize clients’ needs and preferences. Some of my professional interests and expertise include attachment theory, family/relational issues, trauma (broadly defined), grief/loss, religion/spirituality, identity development, psychological assessment, and scale development.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: My primary responsibilities include conducting intakes, engaging in individual, group, and couples therapy, providing psychological assessment and ADHD evaluations, participating in outreach events and programming, and supervising practicum trainees.
Other interests: I have a perpetual case of wanderlust and love seeing and exploring different parts of the world. I adore all things creative and enjoy consuming art (in all its forms!) as much as I can. I also have a cat, two turtles, and way too many plants.
Greg Noel, MMFT, LAMFT
Hometown & Places Lived: Miami, FL; Haiti; Las Vegas, NV; and Utah
Academic Training: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, Utah State University, 2020
Profession License/Certification: Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Approach/Interests: As a first-generation Haitian-American Marriage and Family Therapist I believe in the immensity of intersectionality, which emphasizes how various intersecting identities we embody such as our race, culture, gender, sexuality and religion influence how we engage one another and the world around us. Through my use of the strength-based approaches of Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I focus on helping individuals, couples, and families understand the power of attachment, and how the complex relationships we engage in with one another influence our emotional wellbeing and concept of self. Beyond my clinical interest in helping individuals, couples, and families reconcile and heal their attachment injuries; I am passionate about working with and advocating for underrepresented populations in accessing and receiving appropriate mental health services.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: Therapist, providing mental health services, and outreach for diverse and underrepresented populations.
Other Interests: Spending time with my family and good friends, working out (slaying them weights),
anti-racist activism, reading, comedy, and spirituality.
Tamara Robinette, LCSW
Hometown & Places Lived: I grew up in Utah
Academic Training: I attended Weber State to complete my Bachelor’s degree and earned my Master’s degree at the University of Utah
Profession License/Certification: LCSW since 1988
Clinical Approach/Interests: I have worked for a long time as a therapist and have always been impressed with the strength of people. My therapeutic approach reflects that I recognize each person as a combination of multiple identities. I work to assist each person to identify their strengths and to use their skills in a way that might be new and creative to solve the problems that bring them to my office. I draw from Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic approaches.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: My most important role is a therapist – it is truly what I love to do. I also work as the Outreach Coordinator which gives me the opportunity to supervise undergraduate interns and to take mental health values and information out to the campus community.
Other Interests: My own mental wellness is renewed when I garden – it is so rewarding to pick my own vegetables. I love to cook and try new recipes out on my unsuspecting family and friends. I love animals. I love to travel and see new places, meet new people and try new activities. I am also a bit of a bookworm – I am usually reading 3 or more books at any given time.
Juancarlos Santisteban, LMFT
Hometown & Places Lived: I was born in Guatemala. I have lived in Los Angeles, Seattle, Missouri, and now Utah
Academic Training: Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 2009
Profession License/Certification: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Approach/Interests: My motto "When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark." I will do my best to sit with you in your distress. I will listen to you and check in frequently to make sure I understand your story. I will be open to learn from you. I will continue to seek out training, resources, and experiences that will help us both. I will do my best to always be human, show you compassion and empathy. You will have a space that you know you can return to when you need or want to.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: I work with individuals, couples, families, I train Master's level therapists in training and I am the Training Clinical Director for our center.
Other Interests: I am a first-generation college graduate. I am Weber State Alumni, class of 2006. I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a mentor, an adviser, a social justice advocate. I love sports. I love movies and books that inspire me. I AM ME AND I AM HERE!
Jonathan Selden, MN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Hometown & Places Lived: Seattle, WA; Provo and Ogden, Utah
Academic Training: Bachelor of Science (Brigham Young University), Master of Nursing (University of Washington)
Profession License/Certification: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Approach/Interests: I work holistically to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and attention-deficit disorders.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: Medication Prescriber; I provide comprehensive psychiatric services, including psychiatric evaluation/assessment and psychiatric medication management.
Other Interests: being with family and friends; being a hubby and dad; being a pup parent to my two adorable dogs (Banjo the goldie and Sunny the Goldendoodle); music (playing piano, guitar, and banjo, singing, and listening to an eclectic mix of styles); sports (avid baseball and Seattle sports fan); fitness (Freeletics free athlete, cycling, sprinting, jump-roping, Versaclimbing, weightlifting, calisthenics and bodyweight exercises); and being outside in the natural world to take in the beauty, grandeur, and wonder of it all!
George Valdez, MSW
Hometown & Places Lived: Ogden, UT
Academic Training: First-generation graduate from Weber State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I then received my Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah in 2021.
Profession License/Certification: Certified Social Worker
Clinical Approaches/Interests: I approach counseling from what is called a biopsychosocial perspective, which is a way of seeing people through a holistic lens and considering the physical, mental, and societal factors that interact to create wellness. With the biopsychosocial perspective in mind, I tend to work from person-centered and strength-based therapeutic modalities. Person-centered therapy puts the client as the expert of their own experience, while strength-based therapy highlights the strengths one has to overcome adversity.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: Providing mental health services and case management for students at Weber State University.
Other Interests: I enjoy staying physically active. I love sports such as basketball and boxing, and I often take jogs to keep my mind and body clear. I enjoy reading and playing chess. Other interests include spending time with my family and friends, as my relationships matter greatly to me. I hold the conviction that relationship is therapy, and for that reason, I make a point to spend as much time possible with those who I love.
April Wood, LMFT
Hometown & Places Lived: I am from Billings, Montana. I have lived in Colorado and now in Brigham City, Utah
Academic Training: Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University, 2010
Profession License/Certification: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Approach/Interests: Come as you are. Therapy is a place of understanding and a place to be real. I see my role as providing a safe place to be heard, try out new solutions, and find strengths that will allow you to meet your goals moving forward.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: I provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I facilitate various group treatments and am the Group Coordinator for the center.
Other Interests: I love food (cooking and eating), the outdoors, and video games. I am equally comfortable on a couch watching nerdy movies with my husband and dogs as I am spending a whole day hiking up a mountain and training with my search and rescue k9.
Jennette Wood, LCSW
Hometown and places lived: Ogden, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; Grand Junction, Colorado
Academic Training: Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, 1985; Master of Social Work, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas, 1986
Professional License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Approach/Interests: Throughout my years of experience, working in a wide variety of settings as a clinical therapist, I have developed an eclectic approach in working with individuals and groups. I value the experiences of each person I work with, understanding the key to effective change, healing, personal growth and an overall improved quality of life lies within each individual; therefore I strive for a collaborative relationship within the context of counseling. I encourage clients to actively engage in their own process of identifying and solving problems, challenging ineffective patterns of thinking and behaving as well as setting personal goals for their future.
Counseling Center Responsibilities: Individual and group therapist.
Other Interests: Travel, family, mindfulness, reading, history, theatre, and music.