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Riverstone Counseling

Our nationally recognized counseling program is currently accepting new clients!



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:



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.


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


Leslie Ferrer, LICSW, LADC | Clinical Program Director


Counseling can help you gain new perspective, understanding and skills to help you find hope and vision to move forward in your life. Together, we will develop goals and a plan for our work together, build on your strengths and identify areas of growth. We will explore what is happening now, how the past has influenced your situation, ways it has helped and how it may get in your way. We will explore thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that may be holding you back, make peace with past hurts, and empower you to move forward with insight, skills, and knowledge. I work from a narrative, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral framework, incorporate information about the mind-body connection to teach skills to overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and other life transition issues. Clients often improve communication, problem-solving, managing difficult emotions, and access the support and guidance in sessions. I am a dually licensed independent clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor. My practice is within the counseling program at Riverstone Counseling: an agency committed to empowering teenagers, young adults, and their families to make and sustain positive changes in their lives. All are welcome.


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


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.


Will Kraman, LICSW, LADC | Counselor

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I have been with Riverstone since 2015. I earned my B.A. from the University of Vermont and my M.A. in Social Work from Simmons College. I have been professionally working with adolescents and young adults since 2009 in positions of guidance and support in varying roles, from a remote wilderness expedition guide in Alaska and Wyoming, to a wilderness therapy guide, to a graduate level clinical social work intern, and now currently as a counselor at Riverstone. My clinical approach presupposes that change develops from you exploring your values and developing your own internal motivation, while remaining grounded in a strengths-based approach that positions you as the expert in your own experience. Some of the theoretical and practice frameworks that will guide our work together include Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Narrative Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. I specialize in helping with depression, anxiety, trauma, family dynamics, attachment, and substance abuse. I can work with you individually, through group work, and through family work, depending on what is most helpful to you.


Annie Rosenthal, MA | Counselor & Eating Psychology Coach

Annie Rosenthal

In my practice I address weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, chronic dieting, body image challenges, and various nutrition-related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity and others. My work combines the new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition. The skills I utilize are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health. By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement. My work is to help clients reach their highest goals not by programs that punish, but through strategies that nourish. I hold a Master’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Education, and, although new to Riverstone, I have over 10 years of post-graduate clinical experience working with youth and families.


Nerzada Turan, MA, LADC | Counselor


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.


Alyx Herbert, MS, AAP | Counselor

Alyx Herbert

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.


Alex Weinstein | Counseling Intern

Alex WeinsteinI am a master’s level counseling intern with Riverstone Counseling. I received my B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and am currently working toward my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont. Prior to joining Riverstone, I worked in a variety of settings including wilderness therapy, therapeutic early education, and with an alternative high school program here in Burlington. In my work with clients, I strive to create a safe and open environment where we can work together to address life challenges and work towards each individual’s personal goals. I honor the strengths and uniqueness of each client, and support growth by drawing from various counseling approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing. My approach is founded in psycho-dynamic and feminist perspectives, and is influenced by my personal Mindfulness practice.


Christi Fellerhoff | Counseling Intern

Christi Fellerhoff
I am a master’s level clinical social work intern with Riverstone Counseling. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2012. Since then, I have worked with teens and young adults through community agencies, wilderness therapy and residential treatment. Before coming to Spectrum, I was a residential counselor at NFI Vermont’s Hospital Diversion Program, which provides crisis stabilization services for teens. Prior to my time at NFI, I worked as a wilderness therapy field guide with teens and young adults in a program based out of Waitsfield, VT. I believe that the therapeutic relationship can provide a warm and nurturing environment for individuals to explore, reflect and grow. In my work, I draw from Narrative Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Mindfulness approaches.
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