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
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
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 | Intern
I am a master’s level counseling intern at Riverstone Counseling. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Brandeis University and am currently working towards my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at the University of Vermont. Since 2013, I have been working in Burlington-area schools with youth and families in a variety of roles. In our work together, I aim to create a safe and accepting environment that honors your strengths and interests. Believing that clients are experts in their stories, I draw from client-centered and strength-based approaches that include motivational interviewing, narrative theory, psycho-dynamic and solution-focused therapies.