The Bergeron Wellness Center has two full-time personal counselors, one part-time personal counselor and two counseling interns 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.

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Kathy has been a mental health professional since 1993, when she earned her MA from Antioch New England Graduate School. 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 Saint Michael’s College counseling team since 2010, and the Director since 2014.  She has a special interest in family systems theory, social justice, and human development across the life cycle.  She particularly enjoys helping young adults to develop a compassionate understanding of themselves by exploring different aspects of their identity and how they want to express themselves in the world.  Kathy is interested in the interface between anxiety, depression, stress management, relationships, trauma, and substance use and abuse, and how previous 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 recognize, understand and enhance their many strengths.  She also hopes to help them to develop any additional skills they need to be fully present to their current lives and to actively pursue their goals and dreams.  Kathy is currently working towards EMDR certification.

Kathleen Butts, MA, LCMHC, LADC
Director of Personal Counseling

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Sarah has been providing mental health services to young adults since 1994.  She 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. Prior to joining the SMC counseling team in 2014, Sarah was in private practice at the Adams Center for Mind and Body, specializing in helping individuals with eating disorders.  She has also served as drug and alcohol prevention and intervention counselor at Williston Central School CSSU school district. Sarah uses a student centered approach, focusing on student’s goals, while encouraging personal expression and personal choice.  She is particularly interested in supporting students to work through issues with stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, communication skills, substance use and relationships.  She is very excited to be part of the Bergeron Wellness team and to help support SMC students reach for their dreams.  Sarah is currently working towards EMDR certification.

Sarah Klionsky, MA, LCMHC, AAP
Assistant Director of Personal Counseling, Internship Coordinator

Dan Chido

Dan is a full-time 2nd year graduate student at the University of Vermont working on his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  In 2011, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Ohio Northern University, and then chose to do non-profit work, travel, and grow in life experience before returning to graduate school.  For the past two years, he has been volunteering for the National Sexual Assault Hotline via RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).  His evolving therapy style draws from several approaches, most prominently Feminist, Internal Family Systems, Bowenian, Narrative, and Existential theories.  He is currently engaging in and exploring Dance/Movement Therapy, and he hopes to integrate somatic work into his practice with both individuals and groups as a way to acknowledge and attend to the mind-body connection.  Dan aims to foster a calm, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment to help people stabilize, heal, thrive, and discover fulfillment and joy in life.

Dan Chido, MS Candidate
Masters Level Personal Counseling Intern

Jenna Bissett

Jenna has worked in K-12 school systems for over a decade as an educator and counselor and currently works on the clinical team for a local school district. She came to counseling after years of working in the classroom as a teacher and bearing witness to the emotional struggle attributed to challenges within school. Jenna looks to help provide relief from academic, emotional, or social struggles that stem from school, home, or community. Every session aims to help individuals reconnect with their inner strength and create changes they want to see.  In all sessions, with all clients, she works to create an inclusive, warm, and genuine environment. Through a Feminist Therapy lens, she utilizes Emotion and Solution Focused Therapy, tools from CBT, and strongly believes in the mind/body connection. This is her final year in the Clinical Mental Health Graduate Program (M.S.) at UVM, the same institution where she earned her M.Ed. and B.A.

Jenna Bisset, MS Candidate
Masters Level Personal Counseling Intern