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Business name: Centered Life Counseling.

Location: 20 Eagle Road, Suite 110A in EagleVail (by appointment).

Date opened: June 2012.

Owner: Dawn Nelson, MA, NCC.

Contact info: Email dawn@centeredlife counseling.com, go to http://www.centeredlife counseling.com or call 970-904-2558.

What goods or services do you provide? As a registered psychotherapist, my goal is to help you discover and maintain your true potential through therapeutic healing. My commitment and focus is on building life-long strategies for children, teens and adults.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? My private office is a warm, inviting, and confidential environment where I provide honesty, respect and acceptance to all individuals seeking help. What works best for one individual doesn’t necessarily work for the next, so I tailor my approach to best meet the needs of my client. With children and teens, talk therapy only goes so far, so I incorporate various techniques that promote a safe place for them to work through the challenges they are facing. Everyone deserves to be heard and to feel accepted no matter what they are struggling with.

What can your customers expect from you? I provide compassionate counseling in a safe environment that promotes trust and growth. Therapy can be challenging, serious and emotional, but can also be relaxed, pleasurable, healing and rewarding.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience. I am a life-long learner and encourage the pursuit of your passions. My first career was in architecture and I enjoyed most of the 20-plus years creating residential and commercial projects. When my passion started focusing on the people more than the architecture, I began to realize that the path I had chosen might not be the best fit for my current situation. After heeding the encouragement of those who knew me best, I made the choice to become a student again.

Fearing I was too old to return to school, I told myself to just try one semester — a good testament to the joy that can happen when you run toward your fears as opposed to away from them. I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a National Certified Counselor credentials from Adams State University. Transitions occur in all areas of life. Our experiences weave the tapestry of our integrity and become the picture of who we are.

What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? While meeting with a client, the lights flickered and then went out. This was followed by a fire alarm and someone yelling, “Smoke!” After determining that we were not in danger, we resumed the session at the client’s request. Being able to adapt to our surroundings and practice resiliency are essential in all aspects of life.