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.


Elder Care
The Elder Care Program began in 2000 and serves home bound Vermonters age 60 and older who may have psychological, emotional,  or physical barriers to accessing office based services. United Counseling Service is one of the eight designated agencies statewide who provide this service in the community. Most clients are referred to the Elder Care Clinician through Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, which affords office space to the Elder Care Clinician. Referrals are also received from UCS clinicians,  physician’s offices, local housing agencies, through family members, and through self-referral. The program is funded by a combination of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance, the State of Vermont general fund appropriation, and by funds provided by United Counseling Service.

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.

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.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Mindful-Based Sobriety Intensive Outpatient Program offers a value-informed living treatment approach for adults seeking help with substance use or co-occurring related disorders who meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria for level II care. MBS IOP is an integrated approach utilizing Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Motivational Interviewing and Process and Change-Based Treatment. We developed an innovative IOP program that makes sense and is the cornerstone for a person’s recovery. The experience helps make for a seamless transition to continuous care and to community recovery.

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.

Outpatient Mental Health & Substance Use Treatment Groups

Anxiety & Depression Group
Committed Action Value-Informed Therapy (ACT)
Dialectic-Behavior Therapy
Good Grief Group
IPLAN Wellness Group

Men’s Recovery Group
The Mindful-Based Sobriety
Parenting Group
Relationship Dynamics

Value-Based Living
Value Informed Living
Women’s Recovery Group
Women Seeking Safety


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

“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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