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New Fraser therapist offers holistic approach to counseling

Hank Shell
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If you ask Lauren Stokes how long she's been practicing psychology, she'll say that it feels like she's been in the field her entire life.

As Stokes describes it, she's always had an interest in understanding how people think, how they feel and what brings them meaning in life.

"It feels like it's something that's always been a part of me," she said.

Stokes opened her first private practice, Create Connectivity Counseling, in Fraser earlier this year, and she offers a holistic approach to therapy and counseling.

"The unique thing about my approach is that I try to really integrate not just the mental and emotional aspects, which are the typical primary focus of counseling, but also physical well-being and spiritual well-being," Stokes said.

Stokes, formerly of Denver, is herself a former competitive winter athlete. As a teenager, she was a member of the Winter Park Resort snowboard team and later worked in the resort's Competition Center.

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Since then, Stokes has earned a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver and is now an employee assistance provider for Winter Park Resort.

She's completed certifications for a variety of different therapy methods, including animal assisted therapy, and is currently training her dog Mana to be a therapy dog.

Stokes offers individual and couples counseling, as well as counseling and therapy for children.

Creative Connectivity also makes financial accommodations for those who may have difficulty financing their counseling, Stokes said.

In February 2015, Stokes said she plans to start offering group sessions. The sessions can last from six to eight weeks, with weekly meetings, and focus on sharing experiences among group members.

Stokes says she's aware that counseling is often stigmatized and wants to dispel misconceptions about counseling, namely that it's only for dire circumstances.

Counseling isn't relegated to times of crisis, Stokes said. Nor is it a unilateral process.

At Create Connectivity, the patient is an integral part of the experience, Stokes said.

"They're the expert on their life and the experiences they've had," she added. "I'm coming in as a person to help them get some different perspectives or new tools to help them cope with the circumstance surrounding their life and find some new ways of living."

For more information about Create Connectivity Counseling, visit http://www.createconnectivity.org.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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