United Counseling Service

As the designated agency for Bennington County, UCS is guided by their mission statement: “Building a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives.”



The UCS Substance Abuse and Mental Health outpatient treatment program screens for mental health and substance abuse disorders, provides comprehensive assessments, collaborative treatment planning and outpatient therapy for substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. UCS’ substance abuse treatment program is primarily group therapy oriented, but also provides individual, family therapy and case management services as needed.

HOURS:  The outpatient clinic is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Fridays 8:00 am – 5:0 pm

WHO DO WE SERVE:  Bennington County Residents with no age or income limits.


UCS provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that offers innovative, Mindful-Based Sobriety treatment services for adults seeking help with substance use and co-occurring disorders which require more intense treatment than outpatient therapy but not the need for residential or inpatient care.  The program employs aspects of Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Twelve Step Facilitation, Relapse Prevention Therapy, Change and Process-Based Treatment.

HOURS:  The program is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 1:00 pm.  Rolling admissions allows for entrance into the program at any time.  Evaluations and individual sessions are available by scheduled appointment.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:  The IOP involves the necessary process for everyone to make significant progress, because it is specifically designed for people needing this level of care and it is grounded in Mindful-Based Sobriety.  A client-centered interdisciplinary approach, will provide a treatment experience that will help clients focus and learn how to lead a value-based lifestyle.

WHO DO WE SERVE:  Bennington County Residents 18 and older who meet American Society for Addictions Medicine (ASAM) criteria for level two care.


UCS Substance Abuse Manager Paul DiIonno conducts an IOP session.

IOP Paul D

Additional Locations


  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Case management
  • Group, family, individual outpatient level therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Medication management

100 Ledge Hill Drive
Bennington, VT
(802) 442-5491

Peg Gregory, LICSW, Director outpatient mental health and substance abuse services; Paul DiIonno, LADC, Manager of substance abuse services

TTY service available? Yes
Interpreter services available? Yes