Counselor opens doors in Winter Park |

Counselor opens doors in Winter Park

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WINTER PARK — Winter Park and Grand County have a new therapist, Shawn Dinkel, M.A., L.P.C., CACII. Dinkel is the owner and operator of New Directions for Life Inc. and has set up a practice in Winter Park Station, where he hopes to help people with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss, and life transitions.

“At New Directions for Life I am committed to providing the best care possible,” Dinkel says. “When life gets to be too difficult, it’s nice to have someone help you find the strength to move forward in a positive direction.”

Dinkel has extensive experience in the field. While working for the last decade on the Front Range, he has facilitated more than 5,000 therapy groups and hundreds of individual sessions.

Dinkel says he looks forward to working with the unique demands and issues that can confront people living in the mountains of Colorado, where a seasonal and tourism-based economy, in a relatively isolated area, can create change, uncertainty, and a sense of insecurity.

“One thing has become increasingly clear in my years of work,” he says, “change is hard. From the experiences of my own life to working with others, I have also come to realize that the deeper, more meaningful and lasting changes are also nearly impossible to bring about in isolation.”

Dinkel lives in Fraser where’s he’s close to hiking trails, skiing, and other outdoor activities that he enjoys, and he’s excited about the opportunity to help others in the community. He can be reached by calling 303-933-2241 or by e-mail at

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