About A New Day Counseling, LLC

About Owner/Therapist Erin Willard

Erin Willard

Erin Willard,

Licensed Clinical Mental
Health Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist

I believe my clients are the experts on their own lives and have the right to determine the course of their own therapy. I specialize in trauma therapy, addressing trauma in all of it’s presentations and resulting emotional challenges facing survivors of Sexual Assault, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Psychopathic Abuse, and Intimate Partner Violence.

You can improve your life and feel better about yourself without a lengthy commitment to therapy. For clients whose goal is to focus on specific, time-limited objectives, I use my background in brief therapies and solution-focused treatment to encourage an action-oriented approach to change.

For clients looking for a deeper level of change or recovering from traumatic life events, addiction, betrayal, infidelity or an intimacy disorder, our journey together may be longer. Our task becomes one of transforming suffering into meaning, empowering, and transforming your lives.

I feel fortunate to be able to help others benefit from exciting new advances in treatment. It really IS possible to shed the past and live the joyful, inspired life you imagine.

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Education and Life’s Work

I completed my Internship at Lighthouse Christian Counseling in Albuquerque, New Mexico before working at Camino Nuevo, a women’s pre-release facility in Albuquerque as a TCU Therapist. I have extensive history working with the severely mentally ill, personality disordered, children and adolescents, single mothers, and adjudicated youth and adults.

I have done at least ten years of my own psychotherapy, and life-long inner work and meditation so that I can hold space for your work from the perspective of having healed my own wounds. That gives me a sensitivity combined with stability which will help the traumatized parts of your psyche relax and feel safe.

My work specializes in the release of emotional congestion, physical stresses, tensions and anxieties from: accidents, repetitive stressful situations, surgeries, verbal and/or physical abuse, feelings of abandonment, betrayal, depression, near death states, early childhood trauma, PTSD or various other wounds or events related from birth to the present moment.

Curiosity about the connections between mind, body, and spirit, fuels my continuous study and training as does the passion for trauma resolution . Somatic (body) awareness, transpersonal psychology, mindfulness and body-orientated techniques are an integral part of the psychotherapy I provide.

Both in current research, as well as in the work I do with others, somatic and mindfulness-based approaches to treatment are proving to be extremely effective at producing deep and lasting shifts.  The most current research in interpersonal neurobiology and the field of somatic psychotherapy informs my work and guides my ongoing study.

Philosophy of Therapy

I have transformed adverse circumstances into an opportunity to be an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors for over 20 years, letting others know it is possible to overcome the traumas of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and the re-traumatization navigating the system afterwards.

Recognizing the importance of advocacy in the healing process for many survivors and the value of survivor expertise in community engagement, I have dedicated a large majority of time to speak of the details and the realities of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Psychopathic Abuse to be of support and provide healing to all those affected.

Utilizing my years of experience in creating and developing sustainable community projects. I am involved in Project Vision here in Rutland.

Along with being a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, and an Accredited EFT & TFT Practitioner, I hold certifications in:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Trauma
  • Intimate Partner Violence & Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Brainspotting
  • EMDR for PTSD Trauma
  • Childhood Trauma Fast Relief

Substance Abuse Experience

Since beginning her own journey of recovery in 1994, Erin spent the first 10 years of her career working in the Substance Abuse Field, specializing in adolescent treatment. Beginning her journey at the age of 22, her experience, strength and hope from a young person’s perspective, provided Erin a true way of understanding adolescents struggling with substance abuse.  

After working for about 5 years in various adolescent group home settings with both males and females, Erin turned her attention towards adolescent substance abuse treatment. 

In Nashville, Tennessee, Erin worked at a residential treatment center, Cumberland Heights, the sister program to The Hazelden Betty Ford treatment center in Center City, Minnesota. Here she was a residential case manager and counselor, working in their adolescent program and facilitating weekly aftercare groups for the same population. She eventually left, shortly after a tornado went through downtown Nashville! 

Working as an intensive outpatient substance abuse therapist at Conifer Park Outpatient Clinic, in Hudson Falls, New York, Erin developed and conducted daily 3 hour youth groups addressing substance abuse issues. She also conducted Family Groups, for parents of adolescents in the intensive outpatient program. 

In Wyoming, at Big Horn Basin Counseling, Erin developed and facilitated 3 hour Adult Intensive Outpatient groups 3-4 times a week for a community mental health center. 

Erin’s diverse experience in various roles in the substance abuse fields has vastly contributed to Erin’s cultural awareness and sensitivity. 

 

National Service

I was with AmeriCorps for two years. The first year, I was a member of a 4 person team, addressing rural hunger issues in the VT Anti-Hunger Corps, Serving Rutland and Bennington Counties.

The second year I was a member of the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program that engages 18- to 24-year-olds in team-based national and community service in the United States.

We spent 6 weeks in SE Washington D.C. working on low-income housing repairs.  We stayed at Ft. Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia in ‘temporary’ WW II barracks, lovingly referred to as, ‘Splinter Village.’ 

Our other projects included:

  • working as teachers in classrooms of troubled and delinquent teens in inner-city schools in Charleston, South Carolina
  • trail work in Little Rock, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee;
  • designing and creating displays out of rebar and screwing in all the lightbulbs that needed to be replaced for the Charleston Festival of Lights

Personal & Family

I was born in Rutland, Vermont and lived in Poultney until I graduated High School. I attended Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts and played basketball for the Westfield State Owls, soon after began working in the field of Social Services, taking on positions of Case Manager for adolescent programs and therapeutic group homes. For about 10 years, I spent focused on Substance Abuse and worked for various Treatment Courts, Residential Treatment programs, and Outpatient treatment programs.

I have been a single mother of three children for the past 14 years, and I raised them in Wyoming until recently returning to Vermont.  Out west we enjoyed horseback riding, youth baseball, fishing the Yellowstone River, attending Rodeos, and exploring the Rocky Mountains.  Basketball, Snowboarding and Skiing gets us through the winters here in Vermont.

As my children are all teenagers now, I spend most of my free time with my two year old Great Dane, Sophie.

 

Horse Herd
Erin's Great Dane, Sophie

Group Leader

Caitlin Cassidy-Blair

Greetings! I am Caitlin Cassidy- Blair, born and raised in Rutland county I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in social work from Castleton University in 2011. Over the course of my social work career I worked with at risk youth for 3 years then with women transitioning out or incarceration for five years at Mandala House in Rutland. I am a mother of three and am currently taking a break from the human services world to protect families in Vermont and Maine with life insurance. In my free time I love being around water so either kayaking, boating, hiking to a waterfall, or just hanging at the beach. I also enjoy going on outings with my kids and practicing yoga. Teaching groups has always been one of my favorite parts of helping others and I believe it is best practice! I hope you will sign up for women’s 101 and I’ll see you soon!

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Caitlin Cassidy- Blair

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
~ Carl Jung
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