Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Mental Health and Substance Abuse



United Counseling Service has a long history of working collaboratively with its community and statewide partners in providing the best outpatient customer care. Since 1958 people have found solace knowing that specialized treatment is available right here in their community. As Bennington’s Designated Agency and Preferred Provider we offer children, adults and families’ outpatient individual and group psychotherapy for mental health and substance use. Our staff is highly trained and committed to “Building a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives.” If you or someone you know needs help for a mental health or substance use disorder, UCS is here to help.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
United Counseling Service offers a range of cost effective programs to help employees manage employee performance problems. For local business, UCS offers confidential, professional assessments and counseling support. An EAP for your business can help to identify troubled employees, motivate them to get and accept help, access their situation and develop an action plan and assist them in getting services they need. An EAP also provides coaching and consultation to your supervisors and managers to help them do a better job.

Equine Assisted Therapy
United Counseling Service (UCS) has partnered with Rhythm Hollow Stables in North Bennington to introduce EquiLateral™, an equine-assisted therapy program that combines two well-regarded treatment protocols: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Psychotherapy (EMDR) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
There is an increased demand for higher-intensity treatment for many who are working through addiction and mental-health related issues. The program is designed to address multiple factors concurrently, to help participants maintain and achieve sobriety and improved everyday functioning. The treatment includes evidence-based protocols, including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Collaborative Network Approach (CNA), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and several other healing modalities.

Individuals Preparing for Life, Action and Need (IPLAN)
IPLAN is a re-entry program designed to meet the needs of individuals leaving incarceration and integrating back into the community or individuals already involved with Department of Corrections (DOC)  through Probation and Parole who are at high risk of reoffending. The program offers intensive services for high risk individuals in the form of weekly individual treatment, case management, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and transitional housing. The transitional housing portion of the IPLAN program is provided by BROC to who we contract with for these services.

Public Inebriate Substance Abuse
When people become dependent on the use of alcohol or other substances, the addiction creates a downward spiral – for an individual, his or her family and significant others. Our primary treatment services are family and group therapy with education, individual and relationship counseling. We work closely with self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the Turning Point Recovery Center, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon provide.

We believe that recovery from addiction is not an event, but a process that can take months or years, and that ideally family members are involved in the recovery steps along the way.

Rocking Horse Circle of Support
Pregnant women and/or parenting woman of childbearing age who may be questioning their own drinking and/or drug use behaviors or experiencing the effect of someone else’s substance use can benefit from the group. The program follows a dedicated ten session curriculum that frames substance use in four major domains: substance use and women’s health, substance use and relationships, the effects of substance use on the family, and substance use as it influences life management. A substance abuse counselor and mental health clinician facilitate sessions.

See Group Supports and Therapy for dates and times.

For information on any of our programs contact us at 802-442-5491.

Self-help and contact information for local peer recovery support services are available through Vermont Recovery Addiction Network Recovery Peer Support Services at  vtrecoverynetwork.org or call 802- 738-8998.

“At this point there isn’t anything else I need. The group I attend is the perfect fit for me.” —  UCS Client

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