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.

Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services

Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services includes counseling services and educational support through the Centerpoint School.

Through the counseling services, students receive support to address issues in their lives that may affect their educational success. Specific services may include individual, family, and group counseling and intensive outpatient treatment for teens.

The Centerpoint School serves students ages 12-18 years old, grades 7-12, with emotional, behavioral, mental health, or special learning needs who have been referred to the school through the special education department of their home school. The School provides educational supports and programs to teens, young adults, and their families faced with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, or special learning needs.

Centerpoint is a collaboration of three agencies: Howard Center, Northeastern Family Institute, and Matrix Health Systems.

For more information about Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services, call 802-488-7711 or 802-488-6000.

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.

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.

St. Albans Outpatient Program

St. Albans Outpatient Services provides quality outpatient substance use counseling to Grand Isle and Franklin County residents.

The program includes individual and group substance use counseling. Specific treatment options and intensity vary according to individual needs and may include individual therapy, group therapy, case management, and/or intensive outpatient treatment.

Clients refer themselves to the program, or they may be referred by another state/community provider, partner, or organization.

For more information about St. Albans Outpatient Substance Use Services, call 802-488-6265 or 802-488-6000.

New Spoke Program in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties

Howard Center will expand its substance use and recovery services and intensive outpatient programs in northwestern Vermont by offering a new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) Spoke serving Franklin and Grand Isle counties at 172 Fairfield Street in St. Albans. Howard Center will provide individual and group therapy, care coordination, nursing and prescription of suboxone/subutex, and continue to partner with NMC to use their laboratory services. The new Spoke will offer a range of options to best meet client needs with telehealth and in-person service options and flexible scheduling. Anyone seeking substance use and recovery services can speak with a member of their team directly by calling (802) 488-6290.

Are you in need of services for problem gambling?

Howard Center, in collaboration with the State of Vermont Lottery Commission, is available for support. Please call Howard Center’s main number 488-6000 and state that you are interested in our services for problem gambling . You will then be scheduled with a dedicated clinician specializing in the treatment for problem gambling. All services are confidential and free of charge.