Ask about Carol Weeks
Carol Weeks, MAEd., LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Seattle University. My training in graduate school focused on community mental health and counseling skills with an emphasis on cultural competency and social justice. Additionally, I am a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). I have been practicing as a therapist in the Seattle area since 2013. My areas of focus include women with anxiety and depression, domestic violence, families with children who have developmental disabilities or behavioral challenges, parent coaching and autism spectrum disorder. What I love most about my career is witnessing the enormous potential for growth and change within each individual.
Philosophy and Approach
I believe that everyone is capable of living a satisfying and fulfilling life. There are many factors that can get in the way of feeling happy and at peace. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to recognize that you are not feeling your best and take steps towards positive change. Therapy is an opportunity to take a closer look at what is troubling you, process your emotions, and empower yourself with the tools to cope with challenges in a healthy way. I see therapy as a collaborative process, which means that I value your ideas and opinions regarding your goals and treatment. Therefore, we will set goals that are meaningful to you and focus on strategies that you find helpful.
I draw from a variety of techniques based on the needs of each individual. These include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and a client centered approach. I believe that developing awareness of your thought patterns is an important step in achieving greater control of your emotions. I use a strengths-based and holistic approach. I take into consideration all areas of your life, including the emotional, physical, social and environmental. Throughout our sessions I will provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment, and challenge you at times to try new ways of looking at your life.
I specialize in working with families who have children with developmental disabilities and behavioral concerns. My area of focus includes parent coaching and education, and family therapy. I support families in identifying ways to overcome behavioral challenges, improve communication among all family members, and increase positive parent-child interactions. My work is based in the positive behavior support model. I believe that every behavior serves a purpose and is trying to communicate a need or desire. When clinically indicated, I complete a functional behavior assessment to determine what that purpose is. Then I develop a positive behavior support plan that focuses on teaching more appropriate ways to fulfill that need. I take into consideration the whole family system. My hope is to empower families with the necessary tools to live a peaceful and balanced life together.
I grew up in Monterey, California and moved to Seattle to attend University of Washington for my undergraduate degree. I first developed a passion for the field of mental health as a volunteer at the King County Crisis Line, which inspired me to pursue a master’s degree. After graduate school I got married and started my career as a therapist. I have a one-year-old daughter who keeps me very busy. I also enjoy reading, running and practicing yoga.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.weekscounseling.com