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Our Programs

Counseling

We are currently accepting new clients in our nationally recognized counseling program.

WHAT WE DO

Here at Spectrum, 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 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

 

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.

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

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) 373-0237.

 

Meet Our Counselors

 

Leslie Ferrer, LICSW, LADC

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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 Spectrum Youth and Family Services: an agency committed to empowering teenagers, young adults, and their families to make and sustain positive changes in their lives. All are welcome.

 

Will Kraman, MSW, AAP

Will Kraman 4Will has been with Spectrum 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 Spectrum Youth & Family Services. 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

Sunnie has been with Spectrum 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.

 

Kristen Vogel, MS, LCMHC, LADC

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With Spectrum since 2012, Kristen received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont. She provides individual counseling from a strengths-based, client-centered approach and utilizes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse, with an expertise in working with individuals who struggle with co-occurring disorders. She also has an interest and experience in providing treatment to individuals of the LGBTQ community.

 

Whitney Keefner

Whitney is a Counseling Program Intern who works with the team in providing integrated co-occurring treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. Whitney has been a mentor through Spectrum for the past four years and has also been very involved with youth in Chittenden County through her work at the Howard Center; there, she served in AmeriCorps as a VISTA Member & Program Specialist for the Community Friends Mentoring Program as well as worked as both a Respite Provider & a Living Skills Summer Interventionist. Whitney received her B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Vermont and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling from the University of Vermont.
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