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Short version: Craig D. Lounsbrough, a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Divinity degree, likes to personalize his sessions with clients. One of his primary goals is to offer them tools for making their lives more meaningful. After taking into account personalities and needs, he creates a distinct treatment plan that highlights the priorities of the individual or couple. In his marriage therapy sessions, Craig emphasizes how each individual’s personality can both complement and chafe the other person’s. Outside of his private practice, Craig has developed a wide-reaching collection of resources — including a series of books — that help spread his message, and, as a religious-oriented counselor, much of Craig’s work includes best practices for holding onto convictions in today’s society.
If you commit to therapy with Licensed Professional Counselor Craig D. Lounsbrough, you won’t attend any cookie-cutter sessions.
“My approach is largely eclectic. While there are other determining factors, the form and shape of therapy depend on the personality of the individual — or individuals — seeking therapy,” Craig said.
That means, of course, that he discovers his clients’ personalities before developing a treatment plan designed to meet a broad array needs. He said he starts with creating a Myers-Briggs Personality Profile for each client and then completes a clinical observation.
But client feedback, and their own understanding of what they seek in therapy, also play a vital role in a treatment plan.
“The specific issues that patients have dictate the tenor, tone, speed, and overall structure of the counseling process,” Craig said. “This approach fits the treatment to the individual patients, which can accelerate therapeutic outcomes.”
Craig, whose office is located in the Denver suburbs, offers such specialized sessions, in part, because of his unique background. He has worked in psychiatric hospitals, churches, and schools for the blind, just to name a few settings. He was also a pastor for 10 years.
Because of his experience working with a wide range of people, Craig understands how individuals and couples can need significantly different approaches in therapy. Whether his clients have relationship problems or face lingering issues from childhood, he remains flexible enough to create a path forward that fits their needs.
Craig’s practice attracts a wide range of clients, who require an equally wide range of treatment options.
“My demographic mainly includes four groupings,” he said. “Adults seeking individual therapy, couples seeking marital therapy, parents seeking help with children or adolescents, and, finally, families.”
While those demographics include a diverse mix of ages and expectations, Craig said his background has prepared him to meet all of their needs.
“The eclectic nature of my practice is, in part, determined by the population of the Denver metroplex where the practice is located,” he said. “However, due to a very diverse background in the field of psychology, my skill set is broad enough to provide effective services to the majority of these groups.”
Craig brings various methods to these multifaceted therapy sessions and uses them to learn more about each client. He often begins with proven tests and assessments.
“Among these are the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis, the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III), the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), as well as other assessment tools,” he said. “I often suggest a variety of homework assignments as well.”
Though Craig has been in practice for nearly 30 years and has seen clients dealing with many issues in their lives, he does see some common themes in his practice.
“If I were to condense therapy sessions into common themes, they’re typically about finding healing, hope, and direction when they thought everything was lost,” Craig said. “It’s helping the patient accomplish what they came to do, but didn’t necessarily believe they could.”
Outside of his one-on-one or couples counseling work, Craig has published an extensive collection of writings on life, love, loss, and grief. He has authored six books and articles that have appeared in a variety of magazines.
“I’ve written five books, with my sixth scheduled for release in late 2018,” he said. “I also have two other books in the works.”
Craig uses his books as a way to provide his clients with ideas to ponder in between their therapy sessions.
“I often recommend ‘An Autumn’s Journey — Deep Growth in the Grief and Loss of Life’s Season’ as a resource to deal with grief and loss,” he said.
This text asks readers to engage with a loss in a culture that often expects them to move on quickly. “An Autumn’s Journey” helps them reframe their loss as a means for personal growth and change.
“For those interested in more dynamic personal growth, I recommend two of my other books, ‘Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone — Simple Truths for Life’s Complex Journey’ and ‘Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone — Simple Truths for Profound Living.’”
The “Flecks of Gold” series proposes the idea that simple truths can help people deal with the complexities of the modern world.
Craig is also active on social media, connecting with his followers through blogs, videos, articles, and quotes that provide moments of guidance or inspiration.
His blog tackles complex topics dealing with life, relationships, and meaning. Recent posts include “Convictions — The Lack Thereof” and “Might I Say — What I Don’t Want to Hear.”
Craig’s podcast “Life Talk With Craig Lounsbrough” confronts similar issues, and recent episode titles include “Mining Memories — The Tool of Memory.”
What’s next for Craig’s extensive network of resources and materials?
“My goals are to expand my writing and publishing efforts as a means of expanding the impact of my work,” he said. “That includes broadening the social media arm of my practice, as well.”
While Craig already provides counseling to a diverse array of individuals and couples, he said he isn’t finished expanding his range of services.
“I will continue to build my counseling practice. I hope to offer an expanded selection of services given the growth in the Denver metro area, as well as the diversity of issues that are part of that growth,” he said. “I am also expanding the practice via telehealth, so I can provide counseling services to individuals outside of Colorado.”
Craig stays busy, and as he plans to add more services to meet his clients’ needs, he sees a big payoff from his efforts: The personal growth he witnesses in his clients.
“Change is really the work of the patient. The ability of the therapist is secondary. So my testimonials are much more a tribute to the patient’s abilities.” — Licensed Professional Counselor Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Some testimonials have been about lives turned around or changed in a way that completely altered their trajectory,” he said. “Other testimonials are about support at difficult junctures that allowed individuals to navigate those difficult times and move on in ways both meaningful and effective.”
While Craig knows that therapists can provide clients with tools for change, he also recognizes that those willing to put in the work to change their lives remain the heroes in their own stories.
“Change is really the work of the patient. The ability of the therapist is secondary,” he said. “So my testimonials are much more a tribute to the patient’s abilities.”