Richard Crandall LCMHC, LADC                                                         Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor                                         Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

If we have talked and you want to proceed with counseling follow link please.

Call 988 for Suicide Hot lIne or Mental health Crisis


national association of drug and alcohol counselors

vermont addiction professional assoc.

vermont mental health counselors assoc.


We would meet virtually by phone or video-chat for a few minutes to briefly discuss your immediate concerns and to see if I can help you.


Next i would mail you some forms that we complete (usually takes an hour or more) and you return the signed forms to me.


Then we meet for counseling perhaps weekly via video-chat.


My approach is client centered and we identify a path forward supporting you in your healing process. We may explore focusing and or seeking safety to address your stress response and trauma history. We may practice mindfullness techniques, guided imagery and other stress reducing practices. We can talk about the 12 steps of recovery and review your homework.


Richards experience in the field of addictions began in 1986. He started his career as a mental health counselor at Danvers State Mental Hospital, followed by several years as a substance use counselor at Seaborne Hospital from 1988 to 1994. Richard provided counseling at Southeastern Services Anne-Marie Connelly Crisis Center,  Out Patient Clinic and Turning Point Halfway House from 1992 to 1998. After ten years of experience in the field of addictions and mental health, Richard returned to school in order to begin a practice of holistic health and later completed a Masters of Arts in clinical mental health counseling at Vermont College, Union University and Institute at the Brattleboro campus from 2004 to 2007. He interned at HCRS, and was employed by Healthcare Rehabiitation Services, West Central Behavioral Health and Head Rest, before entering private practice. Currently Richard offers TeleBehavioral Health Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm.



Richard W. Crandall MA, LCMHC, LADC, RCST, PTP, VTMBTP

Master of Arts in Psychology Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Vermont Credential # 068.0061316
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Vermont Credential # 000419

State of Vermont Massage, Bodywork and Touch Professional

Registered Craniosacral Therapist

Polarity Therapy Professional

Business Location: PO Box 533 Brownsville, VT 05037
Call or Fax 802-674-6661

Professional Qualifications and Experience
My practice in counseling is reflective and client centered. It ranges from brief, solution-focused to in-depth, long-term work. In addition I am trained in motivational enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral trauma therapy, mindfulness therapy and meditation. I have been in the field of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders since 1988. I currently provide individual and family counseling to those effected by partner use of substances.  I am certified in motivational enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the State of Vermont.I graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a BS in General Studies (1991), and Union Institute and University with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2007). I have an International Certification to provide co-occuring substance and mental health counseling (2011).

I have holistic therapeutic bodywork training of 880 hours in Polarity Therapy from the Polarity Realization Institute (1994 to1997), training of 1250 hours in Craniosacral Therapy from the Wellness Institute (1999 to 2001) and spent an additional year (2003) assisting my teacher Roger Gilchrist in a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Foundation course. I began my professional polarity practice in 1997 (RPP), changed polarity assiciations in 2015 and practice as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST) since 2001.   

Each two year period I complete a minimum of 40 continuing education credits for counseling and additional continuing education credits for  Craniosacral therapy. I am a member of the Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association, National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association and Vermont Addiction Professional Association. In addition I am also a member of the  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America and International Polarity Education Alliance. I am currently a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and Associated Psychotherapists of Vermont.

In all but a few circumstances, the privacy and confidentiality of our work together is a privilege of yours and is protected by me, by the law, and by my profession’s ethical standards.  Exceptions are:
- You give me written permission to share information with another person.
- You are incapacitated or in imminent danger of harming yourself or others.
- You indicate evidence or possible exploitation of a minor, an elder or disabled person, in which case, I am mandated to report this to the State of Vermont.
- Your insurance claim requires a psychiatric diagnosis code.  This will become part of your permanent medical record.  Some managed care companies require written or telephone reviews of your treatment.
- Your records are subpoenaed by the court for legal proceedings.
- You make threats of violence to a person or property.  I have a duty to inform the authorities and any intended victim.
- When I need to discuss issues in professional supervision.

HIPPA-Privacy for Mental Health Records and Information Release for Billing Purposes
The Client acknowledges that Richard Warren Crandall has hired Erica Napsy, a medical billing specialist and bookkeeper. She is aware of and in compliance with confidentiality and HIPPA privacy regulations including keeping records safe in a secure location to which no one has access. The Client authorizes Richard Warren Crandall and Erica Napsy to contact the Client’s insurance company to discuss claims submitted for purposes of authorizing payment. The Client authorizes Richard Warren Crandall to share relevant information with the insurance company for the purpose of authorizing sessions.

Legal Issues
I am not an expert witness and do not agree to participate in any legal matters you may have. If I am subpoenaed to court on your behalf, I charge $2500.00 retainer and an hourly fee of $125 per hour in preparation, court time, travel time or for any other time I spend in regard to your case.

In my private practice my intention is to provide a safe environment that allows the client to feel at ease and not judged. This form of reflective life process work allows 
the inner feelings to arise in the present moment from the mind or body which often leads to a healing process. 

Specifically my practice of Substance Use Counseling utilizes evidenced based  approaches of mindfulness and 12 step facilitation. Polarity Wellness counseling supports the client in his or her own healing process of enhancing a healthy life force, greater awareness and  expression of feelings that arise in the moment from the mind or body. Clients may be asked to complete homework of Polarity yoga or light stretching, journaling, and meditation to reduce social anxiety or substance use. Typically in  craniosacral therapy thoughts and feelings may be a brief update expressed before or after the session begins. However in Polarity Therapy 90 minutes can be utilized to discuss your life process in greater detail which may inform and  contribute to a more complete healing session.

Scheduling and Cancellations
Appointments are 60 minutes (counseling) or 90 minutes for therapeutic bodywork. Appointments can be longer if you wish. If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance. If you no show for your counseling appointment I may refer you to someone else. Compensation for late cancellations or no shows is sixty dollars. There will be no cancellation fee for severe winter storms, sudden illness, or family emergencies. 

Fee Arrangement
Customary Counseling fee is $80.00 per hour cash or check,if you do not have insurance I accept.

Therapeutic Bodywork either craniosacral or polarity fee is $80 per 80 minute session. Full payment(cash or check)is expected at the time of service unless other arrangements are made in advance. You are financially responsible for all charges rendered for service.

Harvard Pilgam or Cigna is accepted for mental health counseling. Insurance may not reimburse for substance abuse or DWI counseling. Other Insurance can be submitted out-of-network for you. Pre-Authorization is required. Insurance may reimburse for craniosacral if your doctor refers you for craniosacral. Also Insurance may reimburse for polarity or craniosacral with (PCP/MD) doctors approval.  Your check or cash payment for therapeutic bodywork is expected at the end of each session.

Authorization of Treatment
Polarity or Craniosacral therapy services to minors and or those with legal guardians must be authorized by a parent or guardian.

If you are not satisfied with your therapeutic bodywork session I will offer your money back or a free session of therapeutic bodywork sessions.

Evaluation and Treatment Complaints
If at any time you feel dissatisfied with any aspect of our work together, please talk with me about it. This can be a very valuable part of our work together.

If you feel you have been treated unethically by me or any other therapist, and cannot resolve this problem, you can contact the licensing board of Professional Regulation, 109 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05609 or by phone 802-828-2390802-828-2390.

On the following page is a list of behaviors considered unethical by the mental health profession. The list may guide you in understanding your rights as a client.

Your signature acknowledges that you have been given information regarding confidentiality, billing in keeping with HIPPA, scheduling/cancellation, fees, insurance, authorization for treatment, my professional qualifications and experience, a listing of actions that constitutes unprofessional conduct according to the Vermont Statutes, and the methods for making a consumer inquiry or filing a complaint with the office of Professional Regulations. Your signature also indicates your understanding and agreement to the above stated policy.

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Signature of Client  (Parent/Guardian)        Printed Name        Date

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* A list of actions that constitute unprofessional conduct are attached

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1991 Franklin Pierce BS

1985-94 International Healing Tao: Studied Tai Chi Chuan Short Form, Healing Sounds Meditation, Fusion Meditation and Chi Nei Tsang.


1994-97 Polarity Realization Institute, Portland Maine and Ipswich, MA, 880 Hour Program in Polarity and Massage Therapy, Polarity Yoga, Reflexology, and use of essential oils.


Polarity Therapy Professional, member International Polarity Education Alliance, Polarity Practitioner since 1995.


1999-02 Wellness Institute, Washington, DC, and NYC 750-Hour Holistic Program in Cranial Therapy and the Energetic Body

2002 Canadian Holistic Therapist Training School for Aromatherapy Massage, use of essential oils, herbs and nutrition.

2002 International Aromatherapy and Tutors Association

2003-04 - Teaching Assistant, Washington, DC, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy

2004-07 Vermont College Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2010 Mt Madonna Cranial Therapy Conf.

2011 Advanced Training in Cranial Therapy by Franklin Sills

2014 Mt Madonna Science and Spirituality Conference on Craniosacral and Polarity

2017 Advanced Training in Fascia


Richard's Clinical Experience
Richard entered the field of human services in 1985. when he began as a mental health counselor at Danvers State Hospital. He continued his employment at Seaborne Hospital and after seven years began working at the Anne Marie Connelly Crisis Center, Social Detox, Turning Point Half Way House, and Out Patient Counselor at Southeastern Services. Richard has also worked at HCRS in Springfield and Hartland, VT and WCBH as a mental health and substance use clinician in Lebanon and Claremont, NH. Richard began working at Headrest to be part of a substance use team and left in the spring of 2016 to enter private practice as an independent provider. 

Richard has over 30 years of experience in treating substance use and mental health problems. Richard's practice consists of helping people feel better about their life, more positive and hopeful about their future. The underlying principal: People with better resources are able to reduce their use of substances, reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and address substance use challenges. His private practice is focused on a holistic approach to help people feel better about their lives and hopeful of a new tomorrow. Richard's goal is to help his clients find an inner connection that helps them heal their lives and helps them remain clean and sober feeling more at ease within their body. Since 1986 Richard has been a counselor specializing in addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders and practitioner of the healing arts. Richard began to practice meditation in 1976 and began to practice tai chi, healing sounds, and chi kung in 1985. The Taoist practice has strengthened his practice as a healer and guides him to help others heal their physical, mental and emotional bodies. The support and encouragement to strengthen your energy and physical body has become part of his practice and professional service offered while his clients continue their healing journey.


Richard sees  clients Monday through Thursday. Richard formerly practiced polarity and craniosacral in White River Junction from 1998 to 2008. Richard completed a masters degree in counseling in 2007. In 2008 Richard returned to work in the field of addictions in order to fulfill licensing  requirements and has continued his private practice in craniosacral and polarity therapy at the Burton House where he currently practices biodynamic craniosacral and polarity therapeutic bodywork Monday through Wednesday, and counseling on Thursday. 



Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Assoc. of North America

International Polarity Education Alliance

Vermont Mental Health Counselors Assoc.

National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors

Vermont Addiction Professional Assoc.




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Richard Crandall
PO Box 533
Brownsville, VT 05037
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