Our Mission:

Volunteers In Psychotherapy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and truly private psychotherapy for the community, in exchange for volunteer work clients donate to the charity of their choice.

You, the client should decide how long you will continue in therapy:

Not an insurance company that profits by cutting the length of therapy.

VIP has been awarded grants by:

The J. Walton Bissell Foundation

The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation

The Carse Robinson et al Foundation, Fleet Bank, Trustee

The George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee

The Jodik Foundation

Ziv Tzedakah Fund (an international charity)

The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation

The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee

The Timothy Mark Capers Foundation

Wild Oats Market

Healthy People 2010 (Yale-Griffin PRC)

The Cottonwood Foundation

The Ahearn Family Foundation

The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation

The Andrews Company Limited Partnership

The Joseph S. Stackpole Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee

The Sumner Gerard Foundation

Reid and Riege Foundation

The Universalist Church of West Hartford

Radio Shack Neighborhood Answers Grants

Newington Kiwanis Club

The Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation

The Aetna Foundation

The McPhee Foundation

Temple Sinai of Newington

The Mabel F. Hoffman Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee

The Deupree Family Foundation

The Connecticut Psychological Association Educational Foundation

Gerber Life Insurance Company

CT Association of Psychologists – PAC

The Louise and Arde’ Bulova Fund

The Good People Fund

Board of Directors:

Jane Clark, DNSc our Vice President and current Secretary, has been a psychiatric mental health nurse for the past twenty-eight years, working at Hartford Hospital, the Institute of Living, Hospital for Special Care on their traumatic brain injury unit, New Britain General Hospital, Birmingham Health Group and Saint Francis Hospital most recently. She received her Masters in psychiatric mental health nursing from Yale University in May 1997 and her Doctorate in 2009.  She has consulted to various nursing homes in Connecticut assessing mental health problems in the elderly and more recently has worked at Community Care Mental Health Center in Springfield, Mass.  Dr. Clark completed her doctoral dissertation through the Yale school of nursing, specializing in research related to families and mental health.  Jane is a lifelong resident of West Hartford, where she also raised her children.

Leonard Dupille, Ph.D., our President, received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University where he began his academic career as a Teaching Fellow. He has been teaching a wide variety of psychology courses at various institutions for 15 years, and has received an award for teaching excellence. In addition to his work as an academic, he has held clinical positions at Northeastern Family Institute and The Institute for Family and Life Learning and where he was involved in conducting individual, group, and family therapy. He came to Manchester, Connecticut in January 2001 and is currently a tenured Full Professor in Psychology at Manchester Community College.  He resides with his family in Windsor.  He is committed to teaching as a vehicle for student growth and transformation.

Anna Eng, M.A., received her B.A. in psychology at Roger Williams University and her Masters degree in Clinical Practices from the University of Hartford. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford. Prior to graduate school Anna worked in research at Rhode Island Hospital, teaching hospital of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, studying mood disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders. In graduate school Anna has been a doctoral trainee in assessment, psychotherapy, and research at Yale University School of Medicine, Yale New-Haven Hospital, Trinity College Counseling Center, and Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut. She has been the Diversity Fellowship Award recipient at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. Her areas of interest include: the provision of psychological services to the underserved, and racial and ethnic considerations in psychological and neuropsychological assessment (which she recently spoke about at the Connecticut Neuropsychological Society annual conference).

Charles Giannelli, LCSW has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, but completed his graduate studies at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is recently retired, after a full career with the State of CT Department of Mental Health, most recently doing forensic evaluations, though he had first been a clinician at the Connecticut Mental Health Center for roughly ten years.

Michael Gotlib, Psy.D., received his B.A., Summa Cum Laude in political science from Binghamton University, his Masters degree from the University of Hartford, where he also received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  He completed a post-graduate fellowship year at the Counseling Center of Princeton University.  He had worked in marketing and market research for a number of years before changing directions and entering the field of psychology.  He has served on the Board of Regents at the University of Hartford and on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Psychological Association.  He has also served on a number of committees at the University including the Provost’s Committee on Academic and Personal Integrity.  He had been a part time faculty member at the University of Hartford and satisfied his training requirements at Middlesex Hospital and The Yale Center for Anxiety and Mood Disorders.  He received a number of awards for his service to the University of Hartford and the Department of Psychology.  He is actively involved in mental health awareness, education, and advocacy by trying to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses through organizations such as Active Minds.  He is currently a licensed psychologist, working both as a staff psychologist and the group coordinator at Drexel University Counseling Center, and also in private practice in the Philadelphia area.

Dr. Evan Pitkoff, our Treasurer, received his B.S. in psychology from Brooklyn College, attained two Masters degrees (one in Special Education) from N.Y.U., and a Doctor of Education in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He spent the first ten years of his career in the New York City High School division, serving in Brooklyn as a special education teacher and coordinator, and eventually becoming assistant principal at Erasmus Hall High School. He came to Connecticut in 1988 and has served in the following positions over the past two decades: Principal of New Britain High School, Assistant Superintendent of the Hamden Public Schools, Superintendent of Schools for Region #10 (Burlington and Harwinton) and Superintendent of Schools in Newtown. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) in Trumbull, Connecticut, a regional educational service center covering the sixteen districts of lower Fairfield County. He has presented workshops and written journal articles in numerous areas of education. He is an active member and Past President of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (C.A.P.S.S.).

Richard Shulman, Ph.D., our Past President (now ex-officio) and ongoing Director, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.  He founded VIP after roughly a decade’s work at Hartford Hospital – Institute of Living, where he had provided psychotherapy and had supervised and trained psychologists and other therapists at the outpatient clinic.  That clinic primarily served Hartford’s poor or uninsured population.  He continues to serve as a volunteer on the Institutional Review Board of Hartford Hospital – Institute of Living, which oversees ethical and informed consent issues in psychiatric and medical research.  He previously worked at the Children’s Outpatient program of Wheeler Clinic, and served as Psychological consultant to Nutmeg Big Brothers – Big Sisters.  He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University before receiving a Rackham First Year Fellowship to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan in Sociology; after which he completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toledo.