Amy Benedict

(MA, LMFT)

About Me

"Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living." - anonymous

We all fall down from time to time. It takes courage to seek help and support during those times when we have difficulty getting back up. I commend you for taking the first step.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in California. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and have been working in this field for over 12 years. I initially made this career choice because I wanted to learn how to help myself and my family. I discovered I had a real passion and talent for connecting with and understanding others.

I am currently working with military service members and their families. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, anger management, communication difficulties and parenting. I also have experience working with trauma and abuse.

My counseling style is very warm and empathetic. I believe in treating everyone with respect and being non-judgmental. I utilize a combination of cognitive behavioral, humanistic and psychodynamic modalities, with a focus on unconditional positive regard. I will work with you to identify your strengths and tailor treatment to meet your specific needs.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LMFT #51589 (Expires: 2019-05-31)


Reviews

Written by J.S. on Mar 02, 2018 after counseling with Amy for 8 months on issues concerning relationship, family, and career

Amy truly has a gift of counseling! She is extremely empathetic and understanding, and yet has a way of getting straight to the heart of things. She is so insightful and understands my issues right away, and clarifies and reframes them in a way that allows me to move forward. She is no-nonsense and gives practical, real life advice that I can implement right away. Her counseling has truly helped me with so many challenging relationships, and I would recommend her to anyone! Thank you Amy!

Written by C.I. on Feb 05, 2018 after counseling with Amy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

She is very positive and supportive. I am very grateful for a lot of her in sight.

Written by S.T. on Jan 17, 2018 after counseling with Amy for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She was wonderful and insanely helpful and understanding.

Written by G.O. on Jan 13, 2018 after counseling with Amy for 9 months on issues concerning depression

Best guidance

Written by T.A. on Dec 28, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and anger

Amy has been very attentive and good so far.

Written by J.O. on Nov 19, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Amy was there for me when I really needed someone. She has given me great suggestions to help me with my anxiety. I was so lucky to find her when I did. Thank you Amy!

Written by M.A. on Sep 09, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

I have been to many different therapists, both online and in-person and Amy is the best I've ever had. I feel her genuine care for me in every post she sends. I recommend BetterHelp to my friends because of the amazing support I've received from Amy.

Written by J.A. on Aug 20, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and grief

I have only had one call and a few conversations via email and messenger with Amy. During this time she has been very helpful, responsive and a great listener. I look forward to continuing therapy with her.

Written by C.L. on Aug 12, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

Amy is great! She is a good listener and gives sound advice. BetterHelp is perfect for someone who is busy and can't fit in time to go to counseling. I have been recommending BetterHelp to everyone. Thank you for making it easy :)

Written by C.O. on Jul 24, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks

She is wonderful!

Written by K.E. on Jul 23, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, parenting, and anger

Amy is a thoughtful, skilled, and is a responsive counselor. The BetterHelp format is cathartic. The writing narrative and skilled counselor response enables you to move forward in your development through the interactive platform. Merci

Written by B.E. on May 29, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and anger

Amy has been great. I've appreciated her insight and she is very prompt with her responses.

Written by Q.U. on Apr 25, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and anger

Feels like having an honest conversation with someone who cares. Every message seems to give me a better understanding of myself. Amy has helped me accept my past, and I trust her advice as I figure out my future.

Written by M.A on Apr 24, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Best therapist I've ever had

Written by M.A. on Apr 07, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and parenting

Amy has been really supportive and I always look forward to her replies. She helps me see clarity and viewpoints that no one else in my current situation sees and is compassionate. I feel like I can talk with her without judgement and that she understands and gives great advice.

Written by J.E on Apr 01, 2017 after counseling with Amy for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family, eating, and anger

Amy is truly amazing; she is very knowledge and knows how to empathize. Highly recommend!

Written by T.I on Sep 25, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger

Amy is amazing. I've never had a counselor before, so I was a little scared to divulge intimate details about myself. I feel safe with, and understood by her. She's gentle with her responses, which makes telling her my life very easy. I highly recommend her! :)

Written by S.T on Jul 06, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, and parenting

Amy has been extremely supportive and helpful. Her responses are efficient and supportive. She has a great understanding of my situation and I can tell she totally gets my circumstances. I am happy to have been paired with her.

Written by A.D on Jun 03, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, grief, and depression

I really enjoy working with Amy because she is non-judgmental and gentle in how she provides guidance. It feels like she is really listening, and she has thoughtful comments on how to get through the tough times. I also like that she doesn't always have to be right; if I disagree with her, she's open to talking about it and figuring out what works best for me.

Written by D.A on Jun 02, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

She is really understanding and kind. I am still at the beginning but I am hopeful that it will work out.

Written by L.A on Apr 22, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 3 months on issues concerning relationship, and self esteem

Amy is a great listener and she really makes me feel heard. But she also challenges me to see things from my partner's point of view; really helps me better understand things from different views. It's so nice to have someone to confide in with no judgement!

Written by A.J on Feb 15, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and depression

Amy actually listens to what you write and pays careful attention!

Written by C.L on Jan 13, 2016 after counseling with Amy for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Although I have only worked with Amy for a week, she has proven to be compassionate, gentle, and nonjudgmental in her approach. It's clear that she puts great thought and care into her responses. Whenever I become particularly negative, she is able to redirect my flow of thoughts into more positive and self-affirming territory. I appreciate that she asks probing questions to try to get at the heart of my issues, and I also appreciate that she provides some type of homework, whether that be adopting relaxation techniques or writing down a list of things that provide me with pleasure. She also remembers what she's asked me to do in prior sessions and holds me accountable. Other therapists I have seen in the past would sometimes forget what we discussed, which didn't give me much confidence in their leadership. Although I recognize that the patient is largely responsible for directing the conversation, every captain must also have a helmsman! I would recommend Amy to anyone in need of emotional support through life's tribulations, whether they be minor hiccups or deep psychological wounds from childhood. Online therapy may not provide a face to look at, but make no mistake--in the right hands, this works!

Written by J.A on Dec 08, 2015 after counseling with Amy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and depression

Amy has been a wonderful counselor to work with. This is my first time ever seeking counseling and it has been a very pleasant and helpful experience so far. I would absolutely recommend Amy to anyone that could use an honest, sincere and insightful person to chat with.

Written by Y.O on Sep 07, 2015 after counseling with Amy for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, career, and depression

Amy Benedict is like my bff, confidant, councilor, mentor, and all wrapped in on profession. She really gets into perspective and is very caring and just knows what to say. I'm dealing with a lot of my inner demons, so when I go on the site and I feel I can deal with them properly. Instead of ignoring or running away from my problems. She's one of the best of the best. Makes me relieve there are good people.

Written by M.E on Aug 17, 2015 after counseling with Amy for 3 weeks

Very patient and responsive to my needs. I appreciate her asking for more information regarding my situation. It shows me she is trying to understand my situation more.