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Our nationally recognized counseling program provides confidential screening, assessment and treatment for teenagers, young adults, and families.

We are currently accepting new clients.


Do you, or someone you know, want help with:

  • Substance use issues
  • Depression, anxiety or stress
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar concerns
  • Anger management
  • Adjustment to life changes
  • Family or parenting challenges

We can help! We provide confidential screening, assessment and treatment of mental health and substance use concerns for adolescents and young adults (ages 12-26) and families. (Having issues with something not listed? No problem – call us anyway!)

We also provide:

  • Alcohol and drug testing for clients
  • DUI/CRASH counseling
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Help with accessing medical services

“Spectrum counseling helped me to build skills to pull myself out of my issues and I am now successfully holding a job, moving into my own apartment, and can deal with new and unexpected situations without feeling held hostage by my emotions and drugs.”

—Spectrum youth

Why choose Spectrum Counseling?

Spectrum is nationally recognized for the work we do with youth. Our Counseling Program specializes in providing confidential screening, assessment and treatment of mental health and substance use concerns for adolescents and young adults (ages 12-26) and their families. We are recognized as a Preferred Provider by the Vermont Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Division (ADAP).

Our counselors are trained clinical mental health providers/clinical social workers and substance abuse counselors who utilize a developmentally appropriate, client-centered approach to meet youth where they are at with respect to their readiness to make change. Treatment is individualized and developed with each youth and family. Our holistic approach to therapy incorporates the Seven Challenges model, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems, and present-focused, trauma-informed treatment (Seeking Safety).

As of April 2016, Spectrum Counseling is a certified Seven Challenges treatment provider. Seven Challenges is a comprehensive treatment program that empowers youth to take control over their lives by motivating them to evaluate their lives, consider changes they would like to make, and supporting them to implement and maintain desired changes.

We are currently accepting referrals and new clients.

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.

How do you pay for the services?

We accept: Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Magellan, MVP, Cigna, CBA, and others. Our staff will assist you in determining your eligibility and your medical coverage options. Spectrum also has funding to serve uninsured clients with substance abuse problems.

Meet Our Counselors

Whitney Keefner

Whitney Keefner_cropWhitney 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.


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 currently provides outpatient substance abuse and mental health counseling at both Spectrum and Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. His 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


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.


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