Carol Jakus




CSS Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
Saybrook University

I have been a practicing Psychotherapist since 1979. Since then, I have worked in Community Mental Health, Behavioral Health in a large HMO and private practice. I am the founder and director of The Northwest Center for Mindful Living, offering a variety of services including: psychotherapy, supervision, consultation and community education / training.

My foundational clinical background is in Marriage and Family Therapy based in systemic thinking. In these early years, I sought extensive training in Structural, Narrative and Eriksonian therapies. Since then, I have broadened my clinical work to include specialized training in Mindfulness Based approaches (MBSR, ACT & DBT), interpersonal neurobiology and trauma based somatic work. I continue to work towards healing from a wholistic perspective, exploring both the internal and external influences that contribute to one's suffering. My clinical approach may include movement, writing or other creative interventions beyond traditional talk therapy.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Aging/Adult Development Caregiving
Clinical Mental Health Stress and Coping
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Integrative Mental Health
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Spirituality
Counseling Couples and Families
Health Psychology Health and Wellness
Marriage & Family Family Therapy
Mood Disorders Depression
Psychology Counseling Psychology
PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Education History
Degree Institution Year
MSW University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1983
MA, Child & Family Studies Washington State University, Pullman, WA 1981
BSW SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY 1975
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member NASW
Board / Member Women's Therapy Referral Service (WTRS)
Member WAMFT
LICSW, Washington State
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board Member Women's Therapy Referral Service
Professional Skills
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor; Somatic Approaches to Trauma; Systemic Based Marriage & Family Therapy; Self-Relations Therapy; Mind-Body-Spirit approach to healing