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 an additional private practice mental health professional who meets with students on campus. The services provided are subject to payment determined by provider and/or medical insurance coverage.

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.