Ben Galloso

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About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions professional and an advanced heart-centered hypnotherapist in Florida with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist- counselor and hypnotherapist.

I have worked with many different types of clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, codependency, coping with process addictions to people / behaviors and substances, LGBT-related issues, relationship issues, spirituality, career challenges, trauma or emotional abuse.

My counseling style is a mix between warm, interactive, thoughtful, and client centered. I go where you feel you want and need to go. My orientation is that I believe you have the power to heal yourself. I believe in being fully present to my clients so that I can truly hear what is in their heart. I treat everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion.

My approach combines helping you sort through how you think, what you are saying to yourself; how you feel – as a way of watching what flags your body is sending up that you need to be aware of, and what patterns you use to cope (past and present) to see how they work, and do not work, for you now. I use regular talking therapy and if we both agree it will be helpful, I can also do some occasional light hypnotherapy as well to supplement / support the regular talking therapy.

I am also a SMART Recovery facilitator and conversant with 12-Step Programs. My interventions with addictions and compulsions (with behaviors, people, substances) combines SMART Recovery work (known as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy) as well as looking at underlying causes of hurt and avoidance to help my clients be more present to themselves so that they can move through the avoidance of addiction and forward to recovery.

I have formal theological training in Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan and other religions and spiritualties. I have worked with clients from many different mainstream, alternative and minority religions, non-religions, philosophies and spiritualities. I celebrate and fully support how each individual client chooses to connect to what is meaningful for them. I believe that how we connect with ourselves, others, and the universe as we personally understand it can be a potentially important personal resource.

I tailor dialog and treatment planning to you as an individual with your unique and specific needs.

Therapy is about personal transformation, moving into an expression of your highest and best self. I love to watch and support people consciously working to move themselves forward on their Life Path. When you are ready to change and move forward, I am here to hold space for you in your work.

SCHEDULING INFORMATION: How I use BetterHelp's Scheduling System: BH allows Therapists to schedule in 30 or 45 minute blocks; however, I choose to only schedule 45 minute blocks. If you choose to work with me and you only want a shorter 30 minute session, no problem...just let me know when we start the session. If you want to go the full 60 problem....just let me know that too. I'll work with you. Thanks.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #SW8346 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Written by J.E. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Working with Ben has made an amazing difference in my mental health. He took the time to understand what I was hoping to accomplish, and gave me options of the techniques we could use to meet my mental health goals. I absolutely recommend him!

Written by M.I. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder

Ben has been amazing !! He is helped me so much already, listening to me and helping me build tools to deal with my swings of anxiety and depression. I can't tell you how much better my life has become since working with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a great counselor.

Written by V.I. on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 2 weeks on issues concerning eating disorders, and self esteem

Ben is a friendly and effective therapist who makes you feel at ease quickly. He will adapt to your communication style and always make you feel comfortable in expressing things that you wouldn't share with anyone else. Very pleased with Ben and encouraged to continue our work.

Written by G.E. on Jun 22, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management

I was pleased by how understanding and kind Ben is. It's been a great help to speak with him, and he's encouraged me to consciously advocate for my own joy.

Written by J.E. on Jun 21, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 3 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Mr. Galloso is very personable and easy to talk to. His suggestions are on target. I'm very satisfied that he was chosen for me. I'm LGBTQIA+ and he treats me as I had hoped to be treated; with respect.

Written by J.A. on Jun 17, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Ben is amazing, absolutely an incredible counselor. He’s addressed many things for me and is helping a ton!

Written by C.A. on Jun 14, 2021 after therapy with Ben for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Ben has been a helpful resource to me at this time in my life. He offers perspectives that I am not quite seeing on my own. Our counseling sessions have been a helpful part of my journey thru this challenging time. I am dealing with professional growth challenges as well as personal issues including ill, elderly parents and a struggling child. Ben helps me discover ways to separate and compartmentalize them so I can manage the moments of overwhelm.