University of Vermont

Exciting Change of Name

In honor of the contributions of Dr. Leitenberg the BTPC is now known as Vermont Psychological Services: Leitenberg Center for Evidence-Based Practice


Department of Psychological Sciences

Vermont Psychological Services
(formerly the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center)

Covered BridgeVermont Psychological Services (VPS) is a non-profit outpatient clinic and training facility for the clinical psychology graduate program in the Department of Psychological Science at The University of Vermont. The VPS has been providing service for over 40 years. Services are typically provided by clinicians who are obtaining their Ph.D.'s with the supervision of licensed clinical psychology faculty.

Effective psychological services are offered through VPS for individuals of all ages, abilities, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and spiritual beliefs. Evidence-based treatments employed within VPS aim to improve quality of life and enhance mental health outcomes for those suffering with problems including anxiety, depression and other affective disorders, child behavioral problems, eating disorders, neurological and developmental disorders, and other mental health concerns.

If immediate assistance is needed:

For individuals aged 18-years-old and above: Adult Crisis 802-488-6400

For children or adolescents: First Call 802-488-7777

If this is an EMERGENCY:

Our first priority is your safety and sense of wellbeing.

If you or someone you know is having a life threatening medical or mental health emergency, CALL 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you are in Burlington, this is at the University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Room at 111 Colchester Avenue in Burlington (just North of Converse Hall).

Quality Community Services/ Mission Statement

Family Picture In 1972, the clinic was originally named the Behavior Therapy Center which changed in 2016 to the Vermont Psychological Services. VPS has served well over 20,000 clients since that time. Since its inception, VPS has focused on providing clinical training, while simultaneously offering community services based on empirical research. Though much has changed since the clinic's inception, two fundamental aims have remained constant:

  1. To provide high quality, evidence-based, psychological services to the widest range of individuals possible, particularly those who identify as a part of a historically underserved population (e.g. low-income individuals, abused and/or traumatized children, families in conflict, refugees, and individuals with HIV).
  2. To train clinical psychology graduate students in providing high quality psychological services utilizing the scientist-practitioner model to assure each client receives the most effective, empirically-supported clinical interventions. Generally, these focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to other well-supported modalities.

Description of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Evidence-Based Practice

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself. One important part of CBT is helping clients change their less helpful thinking and behavioral patterns, which leads to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning.

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) involves the integration of: (a) clinical expertise/expert opinion, (b) external scientific evidence, and (c) client/patient/caregiver perspectives to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of the individuals we serve.

VPS Clinical Supervisors:

Karen Fondacaro, Ph.D.*

Matthew Price, Ph.D.*

Honorary Supervisors

Rex Forehand, Ph.D.

Kelly Rohan, Ph.D.

Harold Leitenberg, Ph.D.

Betsy Hoza, Ph.D.

Lee Rosen, Ph.D.*

Timothy Stickle, Ph.D.

Kathleen Kennedy, Ph.D.*

Teresa Scott, Ph.D.*

Keith Burt, Ph.D.

Alexandra Potter, Ph.D.

Alessandra Rellini, Ph.D.

*Additionally provides individual treatment when caseloads allows.

Accepted Insurances
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Medicaid/Green Mountain Care
  • Consolidated Health Plans (for treatment only)
  • Cigna
  • MVP

Please ask about insurance coverage and our flexible income-based payment options.


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