Counseling Resources

What is Counseling?

Personal counseling is a chance to talk confidentially with an objective person who can help you learn new skills and look at situations in different ways. This can help you become more capable of solving new problems on your own in the future. Some students benefit from one or two sessions of problem-solving, while others may require more. Although counselors may differ in their approach to counseling, they all have one goal in common: to help you resolve your concerns. LWTech offers short term counseling services (3-5 sessions) to all students for FREE.

Making an Appointment

If you are interested in making an appointment, please contact:

  • Katie Peacock, Director of Student Development by email from your student email address at
  • Please state your availability and preferred mode of meeting (Zoom or phone). 

Appointments are available remotely through Zoom meeting and phone Tuesday through Friday. Appointments are 50 minutes long. Appointments are FREE for all currently enrolled LWTech students. Students are eligible for short-term counseling services (typically ~5 sessions).

If you are experiencing a health related emergency, please call 9-1-1, Campus Public Safety at (425) 739-8224, or the 24-hour crisis line at (866) 427-4747.

Meet Our Counselor, Carol Van Buren, LMHC, CDP

Photo of Carol Van Buren, LWTech CounselorCarol has over 20 years of professional mental health experience. Prior to working at LWTech, she had most recently been in private practice providing counseling. In addition to private practice, Carol has experience working in a variety of roles from direct client counseling to unit supervisor and Clinical Director at organizations such as Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Group Health, Sunrise Services, Monroe Department of Corrections, and more. Carol received her Master of Counseling degree from Seattle University and holds the following licenses: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Chemical Dependency Professional, and Registered Nurse’s Assistant.

Carol's Approach to Counseling

I specialize in therapy for individuals. I emphasize work on “self” in all relationships, including family of origin, providing a different way of thinking about yourself and your life. I provide treatment that values truth and honesty, as the only route to one’s true self. Focus on self can address a host of benefits including improving self-knowledge, relationships that are based on self-understanding, recovery from abusive relationships whether experienced as an adult or as a child, better physical health, and an increase in creativity. My strongest belief is that as one improves their sense of true self, the ripple effects move outward to all relationships—past, present, and future.

Counseling Resources