Carol Lundemo has a MA in Counseling/Psychology from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. She is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. LH 60459685
Over the past eight years, she has counseled and provided therapy for clients from ages 6 to 86.
She is the founder of Counseling for OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Her private practice focuses on all types of anxiety disorders, and in particular, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
OCD affects one in forty people, and requires a specialized form of therapy to be effective in reducing symptoms. Carol is trained as an OCD treatment provider. She practices from a Cognitive-Behavioral approach, meaning that she will work with clients to develop new thought patterns. The theory behind CBT is that when you change your behavior, your thoughts and your feelings will follow. She provides Exposure Response Prevention in the office with clients and on nearby outings to the mall, etc., and in addition, provides homework exercises in order to equip OCD sufferers with the tools necessary to gain back their lives. ERP is the only evidence based treatment besides medication to help OCD sufferers.
Carol volunteers as a facilitator for the Seattle OCD support group and often leads an OCD support group at her church or at the office for her clients. She was a volunteer counselor at The Samaritan Center of Puget Sound for a year and a half, and then practiced for four years with Restoration Counseling Services in Shoreline. She is a former volunteer facilitator for the North Seattle Depression After Delivery support group.
OCD does not affect an individual alone. It is a condition that affects family members as well. Carol provides guidance for parents, spouses and other family members, to teach them to gradually reduce the enabling and reassurance providing that is only making the situation worse.
She also has a heart for people whose loved one suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. From personal experience, she recognizes the confusion, depression, heartache, and feelings of helplessness that often result from watching someone with this condition deteriorate.
Carol considers it an honor to walk beside someone and provide support when life gets overwhelming. She allows the client to progress at his or her own pace, while providing support, compassion, suggestions, and a listening ear, all in a safe and private environment.
She believes that everyone is entitled to live a meaningful life and one that is freer from fear.
Her personal struggles and the ways she overcame them, gives her great empathy in walking with you on your road to recovery.
Carol has worked together with area doctors to refer for medical treatment when necessary.
Carol is a Christian who believes that each person is uniquely created by God, and is delighted to integrate spiritual help if requested by a client. She is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Better Business Bureau.
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