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mental health, counseling, shadow work, dream work

ABOUT
ME

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” -Joseph Campbell

My own personal journey has sent me deep into the dark caves of suffering, and with the support of many guides who have not only accompanied me into the most shadowy channels of my own despair but have also provided me the tools and resources to do so, I have learned to navigate– to spelunk– the depths.

 

It is my honor and joy to share the tools, resources, and navigation skills I've discovered in my own journey and to accompany others into their depths, help them discover their own personal treasures and find their way back to the the light– to a state of wholeness, connection, and freedom-of-being.

Lara Cladny, counselor, mental health therapist

I began my professional journey as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist with 2,000 hours of training before returning to college as a non-traditional (ie, older) student to write a memoir about my own journey through trauma and healing. During college, I discovered the healing power of therapy and the sanctuary of therapeutic spaces, both through individual counseling and group therapy. I participated in Dream Group throughout undergrad, which completely changed the trajectory of my life. It was during this time when I realized that my life path wasn't so much to write stories, but to create a safe space where life stories are honored, shared, and created in a therapeutic setting.

 

I graduated from Adams State University with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2021 after a two-year internship at the Fort Lewis College Counseling Center where I provided individual and group counseling to adults of all ages. With a special interest in depth psychology and women’s issues, I co-facilitated process-oriented group therapy in the form of Dream Group, Women’s Circle, a mindfulness-based group.

 

From 2020-2022, I volunteered for both the Crisis Text Line and Colorado’s Human Trafficking Hotline where I discovered a rich passion for supporting individuals in the darkest periods of their lives. Since graduating in 2021, I have worked as a crisis therapist in various roles/settings including mobile crisis, co-responding, and most recently working as a clinician at a walk-in crisis center. I have extensive experience supporting individuals experiencing suicidality and self-harm, trauma, shame, mood regulation, OCD, addiction, existential crises, grief, relationship and family conflict, high stress levels, and difficult life situations. 

In my free time, I enjoy adventures (and quiet strolls) in nature, marveling at beautiful things, dancing, yoga, meditation, concerts, running, skiing, reading, writing, collecting vinyl, and rollerblading with my dog. 

Certifications

  • Corepower Yoga Hot Yoga and Power Yoga, 2011-2012

  • Functional Yoga Therapy, 2012

  • Psychological First Aid, 2021

  • CAMS, 2021

  • Haden Institute Dream Work Practitioner, in progress

  • ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), in progress

  • Embodied Conflict Revolution, in progress

Qualifications

  • B.A in English-Writing with a minor in Psychology, Fort Lewis College, 2017

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adams State University, 2021

  • LPCC- Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate, 2021

  • LPC- Licensed Professional Counselor coming soon

Trainings and Workshops

  • Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, 2015

  • Victim Assistance Training, 2020

  • Lifeforce Yoga for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), 2020

  • Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR), 2020

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), 2022

  • Felt Sense Polyvagal Model for Trauma and Addiction, 2023

  • Decoding Disorganized Attachment, 2023

  • Ancestral Felt Sensing, 2023

  • Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, 2023

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