Editorial and Education
The GoodTherapy.org editorial and education team strives to provide compelling, accurate, and useful information about mental health, psychotherapy, and wellness to an ever-growing audience as well as maintain a leading online continuing education program for mental health professionals.
- Chesna Klimek, MA Editor in Chief and Education Director
Chesna has been with GoodTherapy.org since the company's formative years. She brings her interest and understanding of human psychology and communication to her work as chief editor and education director. In this role, Chesna collaborates with GoodTherapy.org's dedicated team to ensure that the site offers helpful information and resources to people interested in therapy and mental health, as well as quality continuing education events for all therapist members. Paramount to Chesna's work is a desire to uphold the mission and vision of GoodTherapy.org.
Raised by two public school teachers, Chesna appreciates the value of a good education and attributes many of the skills she brings to the team to her academic experiences. In 2012, Chesna completed a Master in Counseling Psychology program, including a 700-plus-hour clinical internship providing direct therapy services to children and families in her community. Prior to that, Chesna graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University with a bachelor's degree in communication (minor in English). Preceding her studies in the humanities, she earned an associate's degree in business.
A longtime equestrian, Chesna enjoys caring for, training, and competing her four horses, as well as helping others to improve the partnerships they have with their horses. An outdoorsperson at heart, Chesna delights in the daily aspects of farm living, as well as reading, writing, and traveling. She is sometimes referred to around the office as "the grammar police."
- David Ake Editor
Dave left the palm trees and blazing temperatures of Southern California to join the GoodTherapy.org team in the summer of 2014. He is a writer, editor, SEO ninja, and a former tank gunner.
Dave joined the Army after high school and served four years as an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew member. He was stationed in Germany and spent a year deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
After his service in the military, Dave worked as a newspaper editor and reporter before going back to school full time at Ball State University to double major in journalism and political science. After graduation, he left Indiana to begin his career in Southern California, where he spent a year and a half as a content developer for a website design company. Upon relocating to Olympia, Washington, Dave found GoodTherapy.org and is excited to bring a blend of technical and creative skills to the team.
When time allows, Dave loves hiking and being outdoors. He's into almost anything that involves a challenging adventure, open sky, and at least a slight risk of personal injury.
- Erin Cusick Editor
Erin's natural empathy and inquisitiveness, interest in human psychology, and diverse background inform her work at GoodTherapy.org. She studied editing in UC Berkeley's Professional Sequence in Editing and has earned bachelor's degrees in environmental studies (with a focus on ecopsychology) from The Naropa Institute, and photography from The Evergreen State College. Erin worked for many years in public libraries and public education before joining the editorial team at GoodTherapy.org.
In her free time, Erin enjoys the simplest of pleasures: preparing meals, gardening, listening to albums on vinyl, swimming, and reading. She shares her life with one crazy kitty and one super special person.
- Rob Wieman Editor
Rob brings a wealth of multimedia experience to his role as managing editor at GoodTherapy.org, where he collaborates with experts in the field of psychology to develop authoritative, quality content. During a publishing career spanning 15 years—including four years each at The Miami (Florida) Herald and The (Tacoma, Washington) News Tribune—he was a reporter, copy editor, designer, web content producer, and editorial team leader, often concurrently. He left the newspaper industry in 2008, doing consulting work and serving as marketing director of a nonprofit for at-risk youth before joining our team in 2012.
A proud Coug, Rob holds a bachelor's degree in communication (with a minor in criminal justice) from Washington State University, where he received the school's Achievement in Journalism Award. Despite growing up in Seahawks country, and despite chowing down on all-you-can-eat Super Bowl XLVIII crow, he's an unapologetic Denver Broncos fan. He's also a news junkie, gym rat, and avid blogger who enjoys meandering road trips, all things outdoors, pre-Y2K music, tear-jerkers, documentaries, and the adorable antics of his two rescue cats/hairball cannons.
- Teri Hoskins Contributing Education Coordinator
Teri has worked in the continuing education health field for over 12 years. After traveling to South Africa for training, she was appointed the U.S. continuing education director of an international holistic health school in August 2000. There, she developed continuing education curriculum for licensed massage therapists and nurses. She also opened a holistic school in Olympia, Washington, where she taught reflexology and Chinese medicine seminars. She appointed three school directors and oversaw four schools in the eastern part of the state.
Teri has been a holistic health practitioner and instructor since 1995. Her role at GoodTherapy.org is to research the latest mental health therapies and find experts to represent those areas for our continuing education web conferences. She enjoys camping and any reason to be outdoors. She loves to read as well, and buys more books than she can probably ever read in her lifetime. The first book in her trilogy, Sisters of the Seventh Planet, was published in 2012.
- Meet Our Continuing Education Committee
GoodTherapy.org's Continuing Education Committee ensures that the continuing education events we offer are of the highest quality and relevance to our therapist members.
- Meet Our Topic Expert Contributors
Our panel of more than 100 therapist contributors draws from extensive training, experience, and expertise to provide helpful, engaging articles about a wide variety of mental health topics for The Good Therapy Blog.