The therapists are in at Equinox Counseling

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MANCHESTER — The therapists are in at Equinox Counseling, a new adult psychotherapy practice located in Manchester Village.

Kathryn Fox and Peg Gregory are licensed clinical social workers who were working as counselors at Green Mountain College in Poultney. They found their silver lining when the college closed after graduation in May.

"With the college closing, there was an opportunity," Gregory said.

"Now, this is the time," Fox told herself when she heard of the closure.

Fox and Gregory had aspirations of one day starting their own private counseling practice. Their dream came to fruition June 1 when they opened their office — a peaceful space with calming yellow, green and beige painted walls and comfortable couches and chairs — and officially started accepting appointments for their counseling services.

"I knew there was a need in the community," Fox says. "Several counselors were retiring in the area and mentors were telling me there is a need."

Although Fox studied psychology as an undergrad in college, her professional career began in publishing.

After working with a psychologist on a campaign for Casting for Recovery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for women with breast cancer, she realized she wanted to get back into psychology.

"All my career I'd been working with people's motivations — advertisers, employees, volunteers," Fox says.

As she understood her past experiences would help her as a counselor, she left publishing to study at The University of Albany's School of Social Welfare.

"I chose social work because it would let me be more well-rounded," Fox says.

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Shortly after receiving her master's degree, Fox started working at United Counseling Service of Bennington County. That's where she met Gregory, who was the Director of clinical services at UCS of Bennington County before moving to Green Mountain College.

"We work great together," Gregory said referring to Fox.

Today, Fox provides therapy for adults ages 18 to 108 who experience depression, anxiety, relationship and aging issues, trauma, grief and substance use.

Fox said she utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy — a process that involves therapist and client working as collaborators to problem solve — and mindfulness, as well as other appropriate techniques.

"We like treating anxiety," Fox said. "It is treatable and normal. It's a useful tool but when it takes over, it's no longer useful."

Gregory, who has more than 30 years of experience in counseling, started her career at Brattleboro Retreat.

"I worked with a great cognitive behavioral scientist," Gregory said. "We treated stress-related disorders. I got really good at it because I had a good teacher."

Today, Gregory provides treatment for depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues and life transitions.

Gregory said she also uses cognitive behavioral therapy and incorporates mindfulness and coping skills training during her counseling.

"We know Manchester so well," Gregory said. "We know providers and medical practices in the area so communication will be easy."

For more information about Equinox Counseling you can contact Kathryn Fox at 802-379-9809 or katefoxlicsw@gmail.com or Peg Gregory at 802-566-0125 or peg.gregory@comcast.net.


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