• Long shot of University place with Fall colors

    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

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

Vermont Psychological Services (VPS) is a non-profit outpatient mental health clinic and training facility for the clinical psychology graduate program in the Department of Psychological Science at The University of Vermont. VPS has been in operation for over 50 years.

Through their training in the clinical program and at VPS, doctoral clinical students learn to deliver effective psychological services 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 such as anxiety, depression and other affective disorders, child behavioral problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental health concerns.

Training Aims

Vermont Psychological Services (VPS) was established in 1972 and has served over 15,000 clients since that time. 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, our primary training aims have remained constant:

  1. To train clinical psychology graduate students in providing high quality, empirically-supported clinical interventions utilizing the scientist-practitioner model Generally, these approaches entail Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to other well-supported modalities [e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI)].
  2. To train clinical psychology graduate students in providing evidence-based, psychological services to the widest range of individuals possible, particularly those who identify as part of a historically underserved population (e.g., low-income individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, traumatized individuals, refugees, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and individuals struggling with substance use).

If immediate assistance is needed:

For individuals aged 18-years-old, children and adolescents contact First Call at 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).


To find out more about our services, staff and other detailed information, please visit our new site.

VT Psychological Services