The Bergeron Wellness Center has four personal counselors on staff. Each counselor has a generalist background with specific areas of interest and expertise. They provide short-term therapy for students, as well as referrals off-campus for longer term therapy as needed. The counselors work closely with the nurse practitioners and consulting psychiatric nurse practitioner on-site when the use of medications is indicated.
If you would like to make an appointment with a personal counselor, please call The Bergeron Wellness Center at 802.654.2234.
Kathy has been a mental health professional since 1993, when she graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor. She has spent much of her career working with young adults and their families. Kathy has been a part of the SMC counseling team since 2010, and she loves her work. She has a special interest in family systems theory and human development across the life cycle. She particularly enjoys helping young adults to develop a compassionate understanding of themselves by exploring who they are and how they want to be in the world. She is interested in the interface between anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma and substance abuse, and how past life experiences and patterns can get in the way of life in the present. She finds exploring mindfulness, self-compassion, and spiritual development with young adults to be an honor and a privilege. She hopes to help students to develop the self-understanding and skills they need to be fully present to their current lives, and to actively pursue their dreams and goals.
Director of Personal Counseling
Ryan Stanton, LICSW, LADC, earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of California Berkeley (2008) and his BA in English from the University of Vermont. During and after graduate school Ryan lived and worked in Oakland, CA as a social worker, providing mental health and case-management services to a culturally diverse client population. Ryan worked as a community mental health clinician in Central Vermont for two years prior to joining the Saint Michael’s College community in 2012. Ryan’s area’s of clinical interest include the transition to college, young adult development, family systems work, systems level social justice work, development of cultural responsiveness skills and supporting students through a range of issues including depression, anxiety, coping with and processing trauma, gender identity, racial identity development, substance use and interpersonal relationship issues. Ryan strives to be client-centered, compassionate and strengths-based. Ryan tends to use several treatment modalities including supportive counseling, mindfulness, motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, is working toward EMDR certification and elements of dialectical behavioral therapy. Ryan is excited to be a part of the Bergeron Wellness Center team and supporting SMC students grow through the college years.
Sarah Klionsky MA, LCMHC, AAP has been providing mental health services to young adults since 1994. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, an Apprentice Addictions Counselor and an Expressive Arts Therapist. She has a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University and a BA from Brandeis University. Sarah was in private practice for at the Adams Center for Mind and Body, specializing in helping individuals with eating disorders and has also served as drug and alcohol prevention and intervention counselor at Williston Central School CSSU school district prior to joining the Bergeron Wellness team. Sarah uses on a student centered approach, focusing on student’s goals, while encouraging personal expression and personal choice. She is particularly interested in supporting students work through issues with stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, communication skills, substance use and relationship issues. She is very excited to be part of the Bergeron Wellness team and to help support SMC students reach for their dreams.
Nick is a Saint Michael’s College alumnus, who graduated from the Clinical Psychology program in 2009. During the past seven 7 years, he has supported the Northern Vermont community in a variety of settings: individual counseling, crisis and home support. He is excited to be a part of the Bergeron Wellness Center to provide a supportive, welcoming, and all-inclusive environment to help students cope with college life. He emphasizes the importance of one’s strengths and embraces those attributes in order to help students achieve their personal goals, while utilizing client centered and family systems frameworks. In addition to mental health, he is interested in working with: trauma, challenges with adjustment, anxiety, depression, and different learning styles.