New practice offers mental health services1/22/09

Jan. 22, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The Catamount Center, a mental health center serving Williston, Essex Junction and other towns in the greater Burlington area, opened in October and, now fully staffed, is looking to reach out to people who might need help.


    Observer photo by Tim Simard
The staff of the Catamount Center, pictured above, includes (from left) Barbara and Dr. Steve Lewis, Katie Kelley, Steve Earisman and Carol Greenberger.

The center’s goal is to help children and adults who’ve experienced psychological trauma. It offers one-on-one help sessions and group therapy meetings.

Dr. Steve Lewis and his wife Barbara started the practice late last year after moving on from Cedar Brook Associates in Williston. Both have been helping people cope with psychological illnesses for more than 30 years.

“There is a great need and demand in this area for mental health services,” Steve Lewis said. “It’s an area that, for many years, has been underserved.”

Said his wife, “There’s always a need for people to stop and start taking care of themselves.”

Steve Lewis has been in private practice since the 1980s and has a doctorate in psychology. He specializes in child and adolescent psychology. Barbara is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and alcohol and drug counselor who aids people of all ages.

Joining them at the Catamount Center are Katie Kelley and Carol Greenberger, both licensed clinical mental health counselors. Kelley, who helps children and adults with behavioral problems, spent more than 25 years as an elementary and middle school counselor in Essex. Greenberger works with children and adults who have anxiety and depression disorders, among other mental health issues.

Scott Earisman, who joined last month, is also a licensed clinical mental health and alcohol drug counselor. He has worked in Vermont for 10 years as a mental health and trauma specialist and holds group therapy sessions at the Catamount Center.

Dr. Lewis said the Catamount Center is very much a word-of-mouth business. He also said everyone at the center is flexible and works with patients to meet their schedules. He encouraged anyone who believes they may need help to contact the Catamount Center, which also accepts referrals from and works with all insurance companies.

The Catamount Center is located in the Evergreen Family Health building on the corner of James Brown Drive and Park Avenue off Route 2A. The company has a Web site at and the phone number is 878-0550.