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Elementary Counselor - Cleary Archive

Mrs. Cleary's Corner

About Mrs. Cleary

Lauren Cleary is a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado, a nationally Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, and holds a Professional Teaching License for Visual Arts K-12 in Colorado and Virginia. She received her Masters in Arts (MA) degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and her Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in Studio Art, with a minor in Film & Digital Imaging from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lauren has experience working with people of all ages in a range of settings that include pediatric hospice and palliative care; a private practice for families affected by autism; a pediatric hospital for children and adolescents with chronic, life-threatening illnesses; a therapeutic art classroom in a special education school for adolescents with severe psychological, behavioral, and emotional disorders; an urban Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound middle and high school; creative art camps; and a therapeutic camp for grieving children. She has guest lectured in graduate courses throughout the United States, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, and has presented at professional conferences in the United States and New Zealand. Lauren moved to beautiful Colorado after spending two years enjoying the culture, scenery, and people of New Zealand. She is passionate about hiking, organic gardening, reading, and laughing with friends and family. This is her fourth year as part of the Stargate community.

What I love about the kids at Stargate
I love the creativity, uniqueness, and individuality that each and every student offers, and the opportunity I have to facilitate each student's personal process emotionally, socially, and academically! By providing a safe, supportive, and accepting environment which fosters personal connections and honesty, I take delight in facilitating students' expression, discoveries of new perspectives and ways of thinking, and coping skills.  By engaging in the developmental and learning process together, I am consistently inspired, challenged, and amazed by each student!

How to contact me
Room - 105
Phone -303-450-3936, ext 105

5th Grade Monthly Counseling Check-In Form

Student Referral Form

Parent Referral Form

Teacher Referral Form

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. You can call me to set up an appointment, email me or catch me before or after school.  I believe that parents, students and school staff working together are a powerful team to help kids overcome any challenge!

Student Intervention Team
As the Team Lead for the Student Intervention Team (SIT), please contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the SIT process. I've also attached a copy  of the Stargate RTI Flowchart process at the bottom of this webpage, which explains the SIT process. The SIT is meant to provide additional ideas and expertise to teachers, parents, and students who need a higher level of support. Parents are encouraged to collaborate with their child’s teachers, as well as, the staff members that make up the SIT committee. The committee is comprised of a teacher from each grade level, the School Counselor, the School Psychologist, and the School Interventionist.

School Counselor Wish List

  • Any Cranium games

  • Leggos

  • Dolls, for dollhouses, preferably multicultural

  • Puppets

  • Child-friendly board games (UNO, Jenga, Chutes & Ladders, etc.)

  • Small toys (action figures, etc)

  • puppets


Parenting a Gifted Child
Find links to blogs, publications, websites, and twitter accounts that are all about parenting a gifted child.


Kristin Brooks Hope Center Hopeline: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters and counseling services. Responds to youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide and child abuse. Find more Information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This is a free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Find more information

Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000 OR 1-800-448-1833
Provides short-term crisis intervention and counseling and referrals to local community resources. Counsels on parent-child conflicts, marital and family issues, suicide, pregnancy, runaway youth, physical and sexual abuse and other issues. Find more information at:

The Trevor Project Helpline: 1-800-850-8078
The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. Counselors area also trained to respond to suicide calls. Find more information

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) national Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
Provides people under 25 with someone to talk to of the same age about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer-sex information and more. Find more information at:

Counselor's Corner Blog

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