Counseling & Psychological Services Center

Staff

The Counseling Center has a full-time, professional staff of caring mental health professionals who provide short-term counseling.

Director: Dianna K. Abel, PhD

DiannaA 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.

 

Clinical Staff

 

Jamie Brass, PsyD

Jamie BrassI 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

Donna HunterA 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.

Aaron Jeffrey 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.

 


Shaney A. McCoy, CMHC

ShaneyI grew up in Kansas but moved west for my education. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Arizona State University and my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at the University of Utah. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and I have experience in community mental health care as well as in the university setting. I have been employed at Weber State University since January, 2012, and very much enjoy the opportunity to work with the diverse challenges our students face. I typically utilize interpersonal, cognitive/behavioral, multicultural/feminist and mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Northern Utah Coalition, a nonprofit organization that provides support and education regarding HIV/AIDS, and am a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah .In my free time I enjoy doing just about anything active outside, including biking, hiking, skiing and playing with my Golden Retriever. I’m an avid reader and I also enjoy composing and playing music.

 


Aubrey D. Morrison-Gill, PsyD

AubreyOriginally from Ontario, Canada, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario. I completed my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in Ohio, and I am currently a licensed Psychologist in Utah. I have worked in university counseling, domestic violence treatment, and community mental health settings, but my primary interest has always been in working with university students. I enjoy doing individual, couples, and group therapy, and working with a diverse range of issues, such as adult ADHD, anxiety, relationship difficulties, identity, etc. I tend to be integrative in my approach to therapy (e.g., humanistic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal) and feel most drawn to approaches that include a balance of acceptance and change, like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, tennis, ice skating, movies, and spending time with loved ones, including my dogs. 


Craig A. Oreshnick, PhD

CraigI 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

Tamara RobinetteI completed my undergraduate studies at Weber State, when it was still a college, and then continued my education at the University of Utah, earning my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have worked in various capacities since 1982. I have worked in many programs and agencies, including several adult and juvenile criminal treatment programs and family support agencies. I specialize in sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, trauma and grief recovery. I have also studied extensively in the field of marriage therapy and enjoy working with couple and family issues. The therapy method I use most often is cognitive behavioral therapy. I will often integrate systems theory and rational emotive therapy, as these work well in a short-term therapy setting. I am married, and have three adult children - all attending Weber State University. I love to read, garden and travel.

 


Jonathan Selden, APRN, PMHNP-BC

JonathanA native of Seattle, Washington, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University and my Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Washington. After working in oncology for five years, I became a licensed Advance Practice Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I worked for several years at the McKay-Dee Hospital Behavioral Health Institute before joining the staff at Weber State. I have always wanted to work in a university setting and love working with my colleagues and students here. I provide psychiatric services, including comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and medication management. I work holistically to treat a variety of disorders, specializing in anxiety and mood disorders. Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising outdoors, watching sports (go Mariners!), listening to music, singing, and playing piano, guitar, and banjo.

 


Jennette Wood, MSW, LCSW

Jennette WoodI 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.

 

 

Graduate Students

Amy Trevethan Blunck

Amy BlunckI grew up in California but have lived more than half my life in the Ogden, Utah area. I am working towards my Masters of Education degree with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. I am a proud Weber State graduate and received my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2011. Previous to my internship at Weber State, I worked as a Psych Tech at a residential treatment center for children with behavioral and mental disorders. With clients I tend to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and an Interpersonal Process style. I enjoy working with all types of clients, but especially those with developmental life stage concerns. In my spare time I love cooking and finding new exciting recipes to try out.

 

 


Laken Shirey

Laken ShireyI earned a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Biology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. I’m currently a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Utah. I enjoy working in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I see myself as an advocacy leader in these settings. As a counselor, I am open and warm. I care about my clients and strongly believe in human potential to grow, adapt, and overcome; these beliefs lead me to an interpersonal and empowering model of therapy. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who have a history of disempowerment, including clients who identify as LGBT, racial/ethnic minorities, and survivors of trauma. In my free time, I like playing video games, reading, swimming, trying new foods, and attending concerts.

 

 

Front Desk Staff

Jean Harding
Jean Harding
Office Specialist 

Sally Tasker

Receptionist
Mary Owen
Mary Owen
Receptionist 
Yvette Davis
Yvette Davis
Receptionist 

 


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