At Heights, we don’t believe that counseling is dirty word. Instead, we think it is a useful resource for all individuals to keep them on track with their goals, help sort through external obstacles, or give them the support needed to get through a difficult time.
Our Counselor, Laurie Boscaro, is on staff to help guide you through which ever path your life is currently leading you. Laurie grew up in upstate New York. She received her BS in Science in Elementary Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia. While she was working on this degree she took a leave of absence in order to join an AmeriCorps program. She traveled the country doing numerous projects based out of Denver, CO. Laurie returned to NY to finish her degree but always knew she would eventually move back to Colorado. In 2002 Laurie moved to Crested Butte and fell in love with the valley. She now lives in Gunnison with her husband and two boys.
Laurie’s background consists of teaching, social work, and counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. Laurie has been a therapist in one form or another since 2009. She sees individuals of all ages, couples, and families. She does contract work with the Gunnison County Child Welfare department and Living Journeys. Laurie also runs a cancer survivor support group and a support group for teens whose parents currently have, or have passed away from, cancer. She also teaches a Love and Logic Parenting class in Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Lake City.
Laurie is thrilled to offer counseling services to clients at Heights Performance. She enjoys working with their team of holistic practitioners. She offers her clients unconditional positive regard, a willingness to enter into their experience alongside them, genuine empathy, and a safe environment for processing. She represents herself as a consultant, not an expert. She is not there to give clients answers but rather to help them find their own.
Laurie believes there is a strong connection between physical health and mental health. Often times emotional challenges can show themselves in physical ways. By dealing with these emotional connections, clients will often find physical relief. Living with chronic pain can be quite challenging on many levels. As you address these challenges physically, it is also beneficial to address the emotional responses that arise while forming a new self-identity.
When Laurie is not working she enjoys playing with her children, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding, hiking, camping, seeing live music, traveling, and simply enjoying the beautiful place in which we live!
The process of recovering from an injury is so much more than just healing the damaged joint or re-strengthening the weakened muscles. Often, there is the struggle with adjusting to the new lifestyle of not being as mobile or self-sufficient. Many people with injuries suffer from depression or anxiety during their recovery time, and Laurie can give you the tools you need to help combat the feelings of boredom, confinement, or helplessness.