Laurel Lum, MA, LMHC
2366 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98102
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I was born and raised in Seattle. I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have always been interested in human nature and its expression throughout various forms, such as, culture, society, relationships, creativity, spirituality, and the healing arts.
I grew up in the most diverse district in the USA right here in south Seattle (who knew?). Surrounded by such widely varying personal, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds, I learned early on not to make any assumptions about anyone. A newly arrived immigrant who barely speaks English could be a kind, highly accomplished professional. While a teenager strolling out of a huge mansion could be a low-achieving student with drug problems.
As a therapist, I also make no assumptions about anything. I abhor putting people into tiny confined boxes defined by arbitrary measures such as age, gender, body size, privilege, ethnicity, social status, and even mental health status. There is something much more valuable that lies beneath our surface exteriors and this is what I enjoy connecting with in the therapy process.
I counseled adults, couples, groups, families, adolescents, children, as well as developmentally delayed adults at Sound Mental Health. I also worked as a counselor in downtown homeless shelters for men and women. Additionally, I was in the health care field for many years working with the elderly and end of life issues. In college I was an Art and Art History major focusing on clay, film, and Asian Art. While this might seem like an eclectic range of populations and issues, for me, these wonderful experiences revealed the deep humanity that we all share.
I have practiced Zen and Vipassana (Mindfulness) meditation for over 20 years. I am a professional member of Counseling Washington and am currently training towards certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR). Please see my "Approach" page for more information on these and other methods that I use.
"Who looks outside,
who looks inside,
- Carl Jung