UVM Medical Center - South Prospect, Burlington

Seneca Center

 (802) 847-1424

1 South Prospect Street
St. Joseph, Level 6
Burlington, VT 05401-5505

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The University of Vermont Medical Center's Partial Hospitalization service is an outpatient psychiatry program at the Seneca Center. The program is for individuals who are experiencing severe exacerbations of psychiatric conditions that warrant intensive treatment and case management, but do not necessitate inpatient hospitalization.

Individuals may be referred by their community providers in an attempt to divert hospitalization or by the hospital as "step down" of care into the community.

Participants receive 5-6 hours of treatment per day, including:

  • CBT- and DBT-based group psychotherapy and skills training
  • Individual case management
  • Pharmacotherapy

The goals of treatment include crisis stabilization and an introduction to coping skills designed to improve functioning. The average length of stay is 2-3 weeks, with most patients transferring to the Intensive Outpatient Program, another Seneca Center program, before returning to their community provider.

Conditions We Treat

Our Partial Hospitalization service treats a number of conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Panic Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-harming Behaviors


Treatments we offer include:

  • A full psycho-social and medical evaluation and formulating initial treatment goals
  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Pharmacological Management
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Anger Management and Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness and Assertiveness Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Care management and ongoing collaboration with outside providers

The Psychiatry program at The University of Vermont Medical Center comprise leading experts specialties that range from outpatient counseling and intensive partial hospitalization to inpatient care for acute mental illness.

Because we are a university hospital, we offer a setting that combines education, training and the latest advancements in technology. This allows our physicians to educate others and conduct vital research, which fuels better care for our patients.

Learn more about our clinical, research and academic missions below.

Patient Care

How to refer a patient to The UVM Medical Center Psychiatry Program:

  • Call (toll free): 888-362-3242
  • Fax Referral Line: 802-847-2001
  • Email: ReferralCenteratuvmhealth [dot] org  Note: please send encrypted files.

For information on the Office of Provider Relations, Provider Access Services and Patient Placement Services, visit Patient Referral Resources.


Fellowship and Residency Programs - We offer post-medical degree training programs in over 17 service lines. Our psychiatry residency and fellowship programs provide the ideal environment for professional and academic pursuits. Find out more about our Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship offered at the University of Vermont.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) – Our CME program offers a series of medical courses for health care professionals to learn about new and developing areas of their fields. Visit CME.

Grand Rounds - Grand Rounds present current medical topics and developments. They are sponsored by individual departments on a regular basis.


At The UVM Medical Center, we believe that research enhances the quality of clinical care by facilitating critical thinking. Research at the Department of Psychiatry focuses directly on improving patient care in neuroscience, substance abuse, child wellness and psychopathology, and public psychiatry. Visit the UVM Department of Psychiatry for more information or go to Office of Clinical Trials Research to receive up to date information on the latest clinical trials.

Sarah E. Guth, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Maya P. Strange, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry