Counseling

We offer a variety of counseling programs and options for individuals of all ages who want to become drug or alcohol free. Our staff will help you find a counseling option that works best for you and will support you throughout your recovery process.

If you are new to Howard Center and are looking for services, please call our Access and Intake number at 802-488-6000.

Individual, Group, and Family

We offer a variety of substance counseling services for youth, adults, and families in individual and group settings. Based on your goals and needs, we will help you find the program that works best for you. We understand that some individuals may have multiple reasons for seeking counseling, including dual diagnosis or co-occurring issues. We are committed to connecting you to all of the supports you may need.

Some of the services Howard Center offers include:

  • Mental health assessment and/or diagnosis.
  • Group and individual therapy.
  • Intensive outpatient group for substance use.
  • Intensive outpatient group for mental health.
  • Case management.
  • Family support.
  • Psychiatric services, if needed.
  • Wellness and recovery support in all areas and all phases of a person’s life.

If you are seeking counseling for yourself or a loved one, call Howard Center at 802-488-6000 to schedule an appointment. Visit our “Getting Started” page to learn more about what to expect when you call.

Child and Family Outpatient Services

Our Child and Family Outpatient Services provides counseling for Chittenden County children, adolescents, families, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. The program offers individual, family, couples, group, and play therapy. Services are provided at Howard Center offices, in many Chittenden County schools, and at the Milton Family Community Center. The outpatient team offers a comprehensive array of general mental health and specialty services, including psychosexual assessment and evaluations.

In addition, the program offers Fire Wise Kids of Vermont for children and youth who misuse fire and STAR Groups (Sexual Trauma and Recovery) for children ages 5-12 and their caregivers.

Clients may be referred by any family member, caregiver, or professional.
For more information about our Child and Family Outpatient Services, call 802-488-6647 or 802-488-6000.

Intensive Outpatient Counseling

Our Intensive Outpatient Program helps individuals achieve or maintain sobriety.

We offer intensive support for anyone who is making the transition from residential or community based treatment or for those who need more than weekly individual and/or group counseling can offer. Clients may choose our Burlington or St. Albans location.

For more information about our Intensive Outpatient Counseling Services, call 802-488-6140 or 802-488-6000.

Northern Vermont Outpatient and Spoke Services

Northern Vermont Outpatient and Spoke Services provides comprehensive outpatient substance use and co-occurring mental health counseling and medication-assisted therapy to residents of Grand Isle and Franklin County.

Specific treatment options vary according to individual needs and may include individual or group therapy, case management or intensive outpatient treatment, and a safe, supervised environment for individuals who are incapacitated by the use of alcohol or other drugs until they can regain sobriety. Addiction medicine, including medication management to address alcohol use and opioid use disorders are offered in consultation with an addiction medicine provider.

The program provides referrals to treatment and offers information on resources in the community. Clients refer themselves to the program, or they may be referred by other providers, including law enforcement. For more information about Northern Vermont Outpatient and Spoke Services, call 802-488-6265 or 802-488-6000.

Pine Street Counseling

Pine Street Counseling Services offers outpatient services for adults with mental health and/or substance use issues. The program promotes wellness and recovery in all areas and through all phases of a person’s life. Clinicians help clients focus on their strengths and encourage self-care, connections to others and the community, and independence.

Pine Street Counseling provides:

  • Individual and group counseling.
  • Case management.
  • Psychiatric services.

Clients refer themselves to the program or they may be referred by another state/community agency.

For more information about Pine Street Counseling, call 802-488-6100 or 802-488-6000.

Are you in need of services for problem gambling?

If you or someone you know is facing challenges with problem gambling, Howard Center recognizes the importance of finding the right support. While Howard Center no longer provides free counseling services for this issue, valuable assistance is available through the State of Vermont’s resources.
The Vermont Problem Gambling Services website offers comprehensive support, including free counseling options. On their website, Vermont Problem Gambling Services, you can find:
  • A range of counseling services tailored to meet individual needs.
  • Information about understanding and addressing problem gambling.
  • Access to professional help that can guide individuals towards recovery.
This resource is dedicated to offering support and solutions for those affected by problem gambling. We encourage you to explore these options to find the help that you or your loved ones need.
You can also call the National Problem Gambling Hotline: 1-800-522-4700.