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
We also hold counseling groups focused on different topics:
Riverstone Counseling is located in two buildings in downtown Burlington. Clients meet with their counselors at either 31 Elmwood Avenue or at 2 Church Street, on the second floor. Read below to find the location of your counselor.
31 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington
- Hannah Katz
- Katy Santa Maria
- Kristen Breault-Bolio
- Lauren Grant
- Sydney Bigwood
- Sara Vaclavik
- Megan D’Agostino
- Andrea Fine
2 Church Street, Suite 2A, Burlington
- Bo Twiggs
- Neera B.K.
- Nerzada Turan
- Lydia Bohn
Hunt Middle School
Essex High School
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.
MAKE A PAYMENT
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Meet Our Counselors
Kristen Breault-Bolio, MS, LCMHC, LADC | Director of Riverstone Counseling
Pronouns: She/her. 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.
Neera B.K., MA, LCMHC | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. I believe that therapeutic relationships foster and succeed when there is strong rapport, empathy, compassion, transparency and acceptance present. You are the expert of yourself; no one knows you or can know you better than yourself, thus my goal is to help you identify and recognize your strengths – while helping you heal holistically. Based on my professional and personal experiences, there is no single way to navigate through our interconnected mind, body and spiritual challenges; thus I practice Integrative Therapeutic Approaches. Some of the core therapeutic frameworks I use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person Centered Approach. Furthermore, I have in depth knowledge, understanding and skills in multicultural, humanistic, and holistic approaches, mindfulness practices, and trauma-informed practices. I have over three years of work experience with emerging young adults; more than five years of experience working with the New American Population as well as work experience with children and families. I specialize in working with youth, emerging young adults, and adults including their family members or care providers in areas such as anxiety, depression, body image, trauma, cross-cultural adjustment, and other daily challenges. I earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology Degree from Saint Michael’s College.
Nerzada Turan, MA, LCMHC, LADC | Clinical Supervisor
Pronouns: She/her. My practice is founded on 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 on 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.
Bo Twiggs, MSW, LICSW | Counselor
Pronouns: He/him. My practice is based on collaborating with clients to explore what is working to help them feel happy, healthy, and fulfilled in life – and what might be getting in the way. My work is driven by the belief that change is not about flipping a switch; rather, making and maintaining changes is often a journey of many challenges, but even more possibilities. I utilize Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-based work to partner with clients to clarify priorities, cultivate adaptive thinking and move in the direction of positive, purposeful living. Together, we will create a safe, trauma-informed space where you can stabilize and heal as you envision and realize the truest expression of yourself. I hold a B.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and my MSW from Fordham University and come to Riverstone with over a decade of experience in supporting individuals and families working to overcome trauma, criminal justice involvement, mental health challenges, and many other barriers and find safe, productive, and happy lives.
Hannah Katz, MSW, LICSW | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. In my practice, I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship as a context for people to feel heard, empowered, and recognized for who they are. I meet my client where they are and support them as they explore and develop their own internal motivation for change. It is my role to work collaboratively with clients to build trust and create a safe space to recognize patterns through self-awareness and understanding. My hope is to support clients as they reduce suffering, improve insight, increase their sense of hope and develop tangible skills to create one’s own happiness. My practice is always strengths-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed. I view my work through the lens of the six core social work values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance, and centrality of human relationships, integrity, and competence. My practice uses tools and knowledge from cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness. I specialize in working with youth, adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of areas such as trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and communication. I earned my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont and my Masters in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College. I have been working professionally with children, adolescents, young adults, and families since 2012. I have been with Riverstone Counseling since January 2019.
Sydney Bigwood, MSW | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. My psychotherapy practice is grounded in client-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative approaches to empower you through your self-healing process. I aim to offer a welcoming and safe space to explore your inner world, your identity, and your goals. I have been described as nurturing but straightforward and my style is not without playfulness & humor! I hold a Master’s of Clinical Social Work from Boston University and I have 5 years of experience supporting individuals and families through life transitions, relationship issues, body image issues, addictions, anxiety/depression, and trauma. I have specialized training in Internal Family Systems theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Substance Abuse. I also incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Creative Arts, and other trauma-sensitive modalities. I strive to find innovative methods and strategies that are best suited to you and your needs. An important component of my practice revolves around the acknowledgment of systems of oppression, discrimination, and stigma and their impacts on groups and individuals. I am committed to serving and celebrating all identities, backgrounds, and abilities in my practice.
Lauren Grant, MSW | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. Grounded within a collaborative, strengths-based perspective, Lauren utilizes a holistic, person-centered approach to counseling, exploring the connection of mind, body, and spirit. Lauren strives to meet individuals where they are, supporting a welcoming and non-judgmental space for individuals to discover, process, and heal. Using her warmth, empathy, and lived experience, she seeks to foster connection, curiosity, and respect within a therapeutic relationship. Lauren believes individuals are the experts of their own experiences and that therapy should serve as a validating and empowering experience. Her professional interests include relationships with the body, food, and self that are no longer serving an individual’s health, well-being, and happiness, and believes that self-compassion and acceptance are essential roots in the journey of healing. Lauren has her B.A. in Psychology and Human Development from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Vermont. Lauren Grant joined Spectrum Youth and Family Services as an intern in 2020 at the Riverstone Counseling program and has since joined as a full-time counselor. Lauren enjoys working with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities and is LGBTQIA+ friendly.
Katy Santa Maria, MS | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. There is power to understanding your story, holistically, through therapy. Together, we can co-create a nonjudgmental space where it feels good to check in with yourself, process your experiences, and share your story, both in and outside of the therapy room. In our collaborative alliance, we can nurture new stories and ways that support your relationship with self and others. At the core of my work, I am passionate about empowering your intuition, self-compassion, and a sense of purpose. I integrate strengths-based, anti-racist, emotion-focused, narrative, feminist/liberatory, and cognitive-behavioral approaches (and sometimes, with a bit of humor!). All are welcome, and I specialize in working with young people, emerging adults, college students, relationship issues and communication, neurodivergence, identity exploration, queer folks, and families of queer and trans youth. I hold an M.S. in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in psychology from Kenyon College. Simply considering counseling is a cause worth celebrating, and I can’t wait to work with you.
Lydia Bohn, MS | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. In my counseling practice, I view you as the expert on your experience and work collaboratively to help you gain deeper self-knowledge and strengthen self-compassion. I aim to create an accepting, nonjudgmental, and trauma-informed space that honors your various identities and emphasizes your strengths. Using a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and narrative therapy techniques, I work with you to identify areas of healing and growth to help you create positive change. My work is grounded in a feminist therapy approach, and I believe that it is important to consider the impact that systems of oppression, bias, and discrimination have on individuals and their lived experiences. My interests include working with youth and young adults around sexual orientation and gender identity development, relationships, family conflict, communication, anxiety, and stress. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Vermont. I look forward to meeting you!
Amanda Talbert, MA, AAP | Counselor
Pronouns: She/her. In my practice I strive to meet individuals where they are at, utilizing a person-centered approach to the therapeutic relationship. I aim to provide a compassionate, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space for clients to find their potential to make positive changes in their lives. I believe you are the expert in your life and experiences, and we will work together to find the tools that work best for you to live your best life. Together, we will look at the changes you would like to make and using your strengths, work to accomplish those changes. I work with youth and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use concerns, and overall navigating life. In my practice, the approach I use is informed by Person-Centered Therapy. In addition, I use tools from Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I hold a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Vermont University-Johnson. I am currently a counselor for Riverstone Counseling working at Hunt Middle School. I look forward to meeting you.
Megan D’Agostino, MSW | Intake Clinician
Pronouns: She/her. In my practice I prioritize creating a nonjudgmental and safe place grounded in openness, trust and compassion. I believe that the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship can provide a place for people to be heard, seen and empowered. Every situation should be viewed through a trauma-informed, person-centered lens that also considers the ways in which power, racism, oppression and privilege impact each person, ensuring that every client is met where they are. I have a history of working with families and adolescents who have experienced behavioral and emotional challenges as a result of their own complicated experiences with trauma. I have certificates in Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I earned my Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College, where I also minored in Sociology. I am an Intake Clinician with Riverstone Counseling. I look forward to meeting with you to help you start your journey here!
Andrea Fine | Intern
Pronouns: She/her. My role as a counselor is one of an ally, assisting you – the expert of your own life experience – on your personal growth journey. What we need from professional support can vary: a sensitive listener, coping techniques, or deep healing. I aim to help in each of these areas by encouraging self-exploration and acceptance, reflecting patterns, and offering concrete skills. My approach is person-centered to meet clients wherever they’re at while drawing from Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, and Solution-Focused theories to help them move toward their goals. I also strongly believe in the mind-body connection and can incorporate Somatic Therapy when appropriate. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont. With a practice grounded in compassion, curiosity, and unconditional positive regard, my door is open to all identities, abilities, and beliefs.
Sara Vaclavik | Intern
Pronouns: She/her. Sara began as a counseling intern at Riverstone in August 2022. She came to this role after seven years’ experience in different Vermont human services roles, having had the opportunity to help individuals with issues such as housing and financial instability, general emotional distress, domestic/sexual violence, and barriers to accessing needed services. She is currently a full-time student in the graduate Clinical Psychology Program at Saint Michael’s College, where she also received her Bachelor’s in Philosophy, and she has also worked as a limited part-time crisis clinician at First Call since November 2021.Sara’s core values as a clinician are honesty, transparency, and openness to learning and feedback. She believes that therapy can help individuals unearth important truths and potentials about themselves and that her primary role as a therapist is to create a safe and supportive enough space to allow this growth to occur. She relies primarily on cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, relational, and developmental theories and practices in her work. She is particularly interested in helping individuals dealing with life adjustment, family stress, depression, anxiety, and past trauma. Between her professional experience and current position at Riverstone, she has received specific training in suicide intervention, including in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) model. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her kitty, taking photos, connecting with family and friends, and watching the YouTube series Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link.