We are currently accepting new clients in our nationally recognized counseling program.
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:
|Trauma and PTSD
|Substance Use Disorders
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
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, MSW, LADC | Counselor
Will has been with Riverstone since 2015. Will earned his B.A. from the University of Vermont and his M.A. in Social Work from Simmons College. Will has 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. Will’s clinical approach with clients presupposes that change develops from the clients exploring their values and developing their own internal motivation to change while remaining grounded in a strengths-based approach that positions the client as the expert in their own experience. Some of the theoretical and practice frameworks that guide Will’s interventions with clients include Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Narrative Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. His areas of focus and interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, family work, attachment, group work and substance abuse.
Sunnie Lobdell, LCMHC, LADC, CRC | Counselor
Sunnie has been with Riverstone since 2015. Sunnie received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Vermont and her M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus in Substance Abuse and Mental Health from Springfield College. In working with clients, she strives to create a safe, accepting, and comfortable environment that draws on client strengths and focuses on her clients’ identified priorities and needs. Sunnie uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness techniques in her work. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse, and life transitions. Being licensed in both mental health and substance abuse, she has worked with people experiencing mental health and substance use issues in a variety of settings including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, a correctional facility, and at a clinic for people accessing medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
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 | Intern
Alyx is a master’s level counseling intern at Riverstone Counseling. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Brandeis University and is currently working towards an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at the University of Vermont. Since 2013, Alyx has been working in Burlington area schools with youth and families in a variety of roles. With clients, she aims to create a safe and accepting environment that honors clients strengths and interests. Believing that clients are experts in their stories, Alyx draws from client-centered and strength-based approaches that include motivational interviewing, narrative theory, psycho-dynamic and solution-focused therapies.