Carmen Luk, Therapist in Walnut Creek, California — Zencare
Carmen  Luk
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Carmen Luk


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Walnut Creek Accepting In-person
Updated August 1, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Carmen Luk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Walnut Creek, CA. Carmen is passionate about supporting those who support everyone else. Many of her clients reach a point of burnout after taking care of those around them, including their friends, parents, spouses, children, and even coworkers. This leads to a feeling of anxiety, hopelessness, lack of fulfillment, or depression. It can also cause conflicts with loved ones and major feelings of dissatisfaction. Carmen helps her clients to slow down and gain the tools they need to cope with their stressors.

Carmen teaches clients how to manage their racing thoughts. She helps clients process through how they’re feeling, what’s overwhelming them, and what they want to change about their lives. She provides Attachment focus Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR) therapy and Brainspotting, which helps clients integrate their distress into their pasts so that they can move forward without debilitating symptoms. She does so in a nonjudgmental, validating way so that clients feel safe during their treatment sessions. Clients learn how to become aware of their thoughts, assumptions, and beliefs.

Carmen earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. She’s a compassionate, personable therapist who is easy to talk to and who is empathetic. She aims to instill hope in her clients that there is a more healthy, balanced way of living that includes joy, fulfillment, and connection.

Message to clients

You have always been a people pleaser, a giver, and a high achiever. At home, you are the rock of your family. Everyone always looks to you for help. You take care of everybody around you, but you always neglect yourself. You are avoiding your past, but it creeps up time to time without warning. You feel lost and lonely despite having people around you. You hide your fears, your doubts, and you fear of missing out as you say yes to everything. But now you’ve reached a breaking point. Your anxiety is out of control, and it is affecting your work and personal life. You are now ready to stop that infinite loop that keeps replaying.

It’s time to take care of you. We will explore many different tools to help you achieve your goals.

Imagine, waking up and sitting in your kitchen table, enjoying your favorite morning drink. You notice a change, less running thoughts, and you are in control of your anxiety. You have been working hard and it is now finally paying off. But the best part is that you are feeling better and happy who you are becoming.

Making a life-changing decision is powerful. YOU are important enough to invest in yourself. As your therapist, I would love to support your journey.


Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)


Carmen Luk is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (60min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Walnut Creek practice
1200 Mount Diablo Bl , Ste 203, Walnut Creek, California 94596
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 24 years

Golden Heart Counseling (private Counseling), Self Employed, 2019 - Present
Kaiser Permanente, Medical Social Worker III, 2008 - Present
Child Protective Services, Social Worker , 1998 - 2008

Grief and Loss-David Kessler, Grief Educator Certificate Program, 2021
Grace Community Counseling, Brainspotting Certificate, 2021
Pesi, Trauma Research Foundations Certificate Program, 2021
Laura Parnell Institute, Attachment-Focused EMDR Certificate, 2019
Smith College, End of Life Certificate Program, 2016
San Francisco State University, Masters in Social Work, 1998


California: LCSW62237