Counseling Services

The Castleton Counseling Service strives to promote, enhance and support student well-being and developmental growth within a safe, confidential environment through a range of mental health services.

In keeping with the educational mission of our institution we promote:

  • Self-awareness
  • Teaching effective coping strategies
  • Personal responsibility
  • Respect for self and others

Our counseling services include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Short-term counseling and referral
  • Group counseling
  • Workshops and presentations
  • Intern supervision
  • Consultation to the Castleton University community

At Castleton counseling is about learning effective self-management skills to enable a person to live in a way that enhances day to day relationships and to realize their full potential. It is about getting help in developing insight, evaluating choices, and creating meaning and well-being in life.    

You may complete the Castleton Wellness Counseling Intake form by logging on to the Portal:

  • Once logged in, the link is located on the bottom of the right hand side of the page under popular links labeled: “Sign-Up for Wellness Center Counseling Services”.


It is important to us that students are provided with a safe and welcoming atmosphere where they comfortable with a counselor and/or a health care provider. Therefore, we continually review our practices to insure confidentiality in every aspect of our work. 

  • We will not disclose any information shared in counseling sessions or meetings with a health care provider with anyone outside of the Wellness Center, unless given your written permission to do so.

Professional ethics and law require us to consider breaking confidentiality in the following circumstances:

  • When we have reason to believe there is danger to yourself, another person or property, in order to protect you or others from harm
  • If we have reason to believe that a minor or vulnerable person is being abused or neglected, we are required to report these concerns for investigation. Please note: we are not required to do any reporting should you disclose your own history of abuse unless you are currently a minor (even if the abuse took place when you were a minor).
  • We may be required to disclose information about you if we are ordered to do so by a court or administrative tribunal. 

If we do think we need to share something about your current situation with another person, for the professional reasons mentioned above, we will make every effort to discuss this with you ahead of time.    

Please feel free, at any time, to ask us any questions or express any concerns you may have about confidentiality concerns. 

Private Practice Clinicians

In order to make further counseling services available to Castleton students, we have invited three additional private practice mental health professionals. While students can meet with these professionals on campus their services provide are subject to payment determined by provider and/or medical insurance coverage. 

Kitty Canfield 

Kitty is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor whose training in this field began at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She has continued her education through the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT. Kitty has worked for many years as an Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor, and as a Student Assistance Counselor throughout Rutland County. She is skilled in providing addictions and behavioral counseling in the areas of substance abuse and gambling. Kitty has a private practice in Rutland, Vermont. She has served as a board member at the Rutland County Women’s Health Center, the Drug Task Force, and Vermont Association for Problem Gambling, and is actively involved with the Creative Economy Committee in Rutland. Services include: Alcohol and Drug Evaluations, individual counseling, and group counseling. Counseling begins with an initial assessment appointment.  

To schedule appointment with Kitty, contact Forensic Consultation & Counseling Services, LLC at 1-866-639-9573. 

Fredda Mangel, LMHC, MA

Fredda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor whose training in this field began at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Fredda has been practicing since 1989 – working with teens at an inpatient facility, children birth to 13 years old at a Shelter, and in private practice since 2001 here in Rutland, VT. She utilizes many expressive modalities such as art, sand tray therapy, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques, and pulls from traditional modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral. Fredda is excited about bringing her expertise and love of counseling to the Castleton Wellness Center. She has lived in the Rutland area since 2000, when she moved from Albuquerque, NM. Among her favorite pastimes are hiking, making art, reading, listening to music, and camping. 

To schedule an appointment with Fredda, contact Fredda directly at (802) 773-9722 or call the Wellness Center at (802) 468-1346.

Douglas S. Andrews, M.S.

Doug has been practicing as a psychologist in private practice since 1987. Prior to that he located to VT to work as a therapist for The Associates in Child & Family Services. Doug did his graduate work at Portland State University in Oregon. His professional interests include trauma resolution, mind/body phenomena and mindfulness as it relates to the process of therapy. When not working, Doug is usually outside doing what the season offers as a way to be active, including: cycling, hiking, snowboarding and sailing.

To schedule an appointment with Doug, contact his Rutland office at (802) 775-6509, Ext. 13 or call the Wellness Center at (802) 468-1346.