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.

Academic Advising

  • If you are looking for assistance with class selection or registration, that is done by the Advising Office. Please visit the Advising webpage for more information. 

Counseling Appointment Details

  • Appointments are available Tuesday through Friday
  • Counseling appointments are popular and may be booked out 1-2 weeks
  • Currently, appointments are only offered remotely through Zoom meeting or phone 
  • Appointments are 50 minutes long
  • Appointments are FREE for all currently enrolled LWTech students
  • Students are eligible for short-term counseling services (typically ~3-5 sessions)

Making an Appointment

To make an appointment with LWTech's Mental Health Counselor:

  1. Email from your student email address
  2. Include the following information in your email:
    • Name & Student ID number
    • Preferred mode of meeting (Zoom video or phone)
    • Phone number where we can reach you in case of technical difficulty
    • Availability (general days/times that work for you)
      • Please note that we offer appointments Tuesday-Friday 
      • Counseling appointments are popular and may be booked out 1-2 weeks
      • We are unable to offer same day appointments in most cases and encourage you to connect with the 24-hour crisis line for emergency assistance at (866) 427-4747.

Emergency Assistance

  • 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.

Additional Support for Students with Mental Health Diagnoses

If you identify as a student with a disability, inclusive of mental health diagnosis' such as anxiety or depression, you may qualify for additional support services at LWTech. Many times students with mental health diagnoses do not consider themselves to be students with disabilities which leads to them being underserved in the following support programs. We highly encourage you to connect with these services to see if you qualify as you may benefit from the services provided.

  • Disability Support Services: Provides disability accomodations (such as additional time on tests, priority registration, reduced distraction testing areas) to students with documented disabilities.
  • TRiO: Provides academic advising, scholarship assistance, tutoring, transfer planning, financial literacy education, and support to eligible students.

Counseling Resources