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Riverstone Counseling

Our nationally recognized counseling program is currently accepting new clients!

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WHAT WE DO

Here at Riverstone Counseling, our goal is to create an environment that fosters healing and growth. We believe we can empower our clients to make positive and lasting change in their lives.

We specialize in working with teenagers, young adults, and their families to help them identify and work with their strengths to achieve their goals.

Our counselors are trained in EMDR, a proven method for resolving traumatic experiences.

We are skilled at working with clients who experience both mental health and substance use issues, such as:

Depression Life Transitions
Anxiety Family Conflict
Trauma and PTSD Parenting Concerns
Substance Use Disorders Relationship Issues

 

We also hold counseling groups focused around different topics:

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WHO WE ARE

Our counselors are trained clinical mental health/clinical social workers and substance abuse counselors who use a developmentally appropriate, client-centered approach to meet youth and their families where they are at with respect to their readiness to change.

WHO WE WORK WITH

Teenagers and adults ages 12-30 and their families, if desired. Our counseling program is open to the public and takes most insurance, including Medicaid. Interpreters available on request.

If you are in crisis and are not a Spectrum client, please call First Call at the Howard Center at (802) 488-7777. If you are already a client, call us at (802) 864-7423 x310 during business hours, or (802) 350-6748 after 4:30 PM.

Meet Our Counselors

 

Kristen Vogel, MS, LCMHC, LADC | Counseling Program Manager

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I believe that at the foundation of change exists self-compassion and self-acceptance. From this foundation we allow ourselves to accept who we are at the present moment as well as acknowledge areas we need to change. My hope is that through our work together we will create an open and safe space that will allow you to cultivate self-acceptance, reduce your suffering and enable you to make the changes you want in your life. My framework stems from a client-centered lens, while utilizing evidence based practices including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and families in a variety of issues including: trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance use. With Riverstone Counseling since 2012, I received my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont. I am a dually licensed clinical mental health counselor and substance use counselor.

 

Neera B.K., MA | Counselor

I believe that therapeutic relationships foster and succeed when there is strong rapport, empathy, compassion, transparency and acceptance present. You are the expert of yourself; no one knows you or can know you better than yourself, thus my goal is to help you identify and recognize your strengths – while helping you heal holistically. Based on my professional and personal experiences, there is no single way to navigate through our interconnected mind, body and spiritual challenges; thus I practice Integrative Therapeutic Approaches. Some of the core therapeutic frameworks I use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person Centered Approach. Furthermore, I have in depth knowledge, understanding and skills in multicultural, humanistic and holistic approaches, mindfulness practices and trauma-informed practice. I have over three years of work experience with emerging young adults; more than five years of experience working with the New American Population as well as work experience with children and families. I specialize in working with youth, emerging young adults, and adults including their family members or care providers in areas such as anxiety, depression, body image, trauma, cross-cultural adjustment and other daily challenges.  I earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology Degree from Saint Michael’s College.

 

Nerzada Turan, MA, LCMHC, LADC | Counselor

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My practice is founded in the belief that with compassion, openness, empathy, support, and connection, healing is possible. I will work with you to create an environment that is safe and non-judgmental, to help you work through difficult situations. In our work together, we will focus on honesty and trust in order to break through shame and guilt. In my practice, I meet individuals where they are at. Your needs and goals will be at the center of our therapy process. I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and families in a variety of issues including: trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance use. Our work together will be grounded in practices that are proven by research to help, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, EMDR, and mindfulness. But I also bring creativity and flexibility to my practice: life is complicated, and the more tools you have, the easier it will be to overcome life challenges. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Green Mountain College and my M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling from Antioch University of New England.

 

Hannah Katz, MSW, LICSW | Counselor

In my practice, I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship as a context for people to feel heard, empowered and recognized for who they are. I meet my client where they are at and support as they explore and develop their own internal motivation for change. The client and I work together to build trust and create a safe space to recognize patterns through self-awareness and understanding. My practice is always strengths-based, client-centered and trauma-informed. The client and I work together to reduce suffering, improve insight, increase sense of hope, develop tangible skills, and to create one’s own happiness. My practice uses tools and knowledge from cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theory, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and more. I specialize in working with youth, adolescents, young adults and families in a variety of areas such as trauma, anxiety, depression and communication. I earned my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont and my Masters in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College. I have been working professionally with children, adolescents, young adults and families since 2012. I have been with Riverstone Counseling since January 2019.

Alyx Herbert, MS, AAP | Counselor

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I believe a therapeutic relationship grounded is trust, respect, genuineness, openness and connection. Together, we will build a safe and nonjudgmental space that allows you to be honest, reflective, and work on what is important to you. It is critical that my clients feel heard, understood, respected, and that your needs are central. I will empower you, as the expert in your experience, to look at what you’d like to change and build on your strengths to achieve your goals. My theoretical approach is informed by Person-Centered Therapy, developed by Carl Rogers who said “when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”. Additionally, other theoretical frameworks that inform my work include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and trauma-informed practices. I specialize in working with youth, young adults, and families in a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use, family dynamics, and stress. I have been with Riverstone since 2017, and graduated with my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont. My practice is affirmative and liberatory—all are welcome.

 

Dave Gundersen, | Intern

In working with people I hold closely the values of curiosity and equal standing. Every life is rich in experience and my practice is aimed at exploring that experience alongside clients with curiosity, (and courage.) The alliance we form will create space for safety, honesty, and growth. As the author of your own story, I hope to foster in you a feeling of agency or control over the plot. In our conversations we can work together to re-write parts of the story and select characters in it. The framework most closely aligned with my practice is Narrative Therapy; however I am also familiar with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I have been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 2013 in varied settings which include Wilderness Therapy and Crisis Stabilization. These experiences have shaped my capacity to help traverse anxiety, depression, symptoms of trauma, and navigating transitions. I earned my B.S. in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and am currently pursuing my MSW at the University of Vermont. Interning at Riverstone is part of my learning process.

 

Jennifer Blanchard, | Intern

I am a master’s level counseling intern at Riverstone Counseling. Prior to entering the field of counseling, I received my A.A.S. in Nursing from Pace University (‘83) and a graduate diploma in Tropical Public Health and Organization of Health Services from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (‘86). For over a decade, I worked as an RN in refugee camps in Africa, managing intensive feeding centers and delivering emergency medical care to displaced populations. I received a B.A. in Professional Studies with a concentration in Multicultural Psychology from Northern Vermont University, and am currently working toward an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Vermont. Informed by a deep commitment to social justice, the goal of my practice is to help reduce suffering and to increase capacity for joy, flexibility, and life fulfillment for people of all origins, cultures and identities. In a safe, confidential space, free of judgement, I work with clients to help formulate specific goals and desired outcomes before embarking on a collaborative journey toward positive change. According to the unique needs of each client, I employ a range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive-behavioral, narrative, feminist, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based therapy.
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