Licensed Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselor Jeff Nowlan has joined Gifford’s Behavioral Health team. He is managing the Behavioral Health program, helping to further the integration of Gifford’s Behavior Health and Addiction Medicine programs into the primary care practices. He will also be counseling patients.
Most recently Nowlan was counseling program coordinator at Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, Vt., and brings experience in program management and in both adolescent (12 years and up), family, and adult counseling.
“I believe that everyone has the inner resources to make changes in their lives,” he said. “Much of my work is learning about what motivates a person to change. I help people to build self-awareness about what is not working in their lives and to challenge themselves to move forward.”
A native of Randolph, Nowlan received a BA in Psychology from UVM and then traveled to Oregon, where he worked in an adolescent inpatient center for five years. He returned to Vermont in 2007 and worked for ten years at Spectrum Youth and Family services. He received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johnson State College in 2010. His clinical interests include mental health and substance use counseling, adolescents, young adults, families, and men’s issues; cognitive behavioral therapy; and mindfulness-based therapy.
Nowlan lives in Randolph with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. When not working, he enjoys mountain biking, running, skiing, gardening, and hiking.