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 work with many different types of clients with a wide range of concerns: 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 also 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.
PAPERWORK BEFORE YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT:
New Florida laws require that I get all of my Clients, including my Clients here in BetterHelp, to sign legally required paperwork before I can see / work with them. When you initially reach out to me here in BetterHelp I will ask you for your first and last name, email address and phone number and then email you a link so you can sign the legally required paperwork. Its easy, its free and allows me to work with you here in BetterHelp.
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 and/or schedule for only a 30 minute increment. If you want to go the full 60 minutes....no problem....just let me know that too. I'll work with you.
NOTICE FOR COURT CASES / FMLA / SERVICE ANIMALS / OTHER:
If your primary focus in seeking therapy is only related to obtaining or submitting documentation (FMLA, letters for emotional support animals, etc.) and/or related to intensive court involvement where therapy has been court ordered and where a therapist will be required to appear in court or submit reports to a court of law, please select another therapist / provider.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: 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, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
FL LCSW SW8346
Wonderful and knowledgeable therapist
Written on Jul 16, 2023 after therapy with Ben for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd
Ben is fantastic- he is a great listener, very kind, supportive, provides great feedback and suggestions, and always follows through and checks in on me.
Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Ben for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
Absolute perfect fit! I’ve never felt so connected to a therapist in my past experiences. He listens and is interactive compared to previous therapists outside of Betterhelp that would just say what do you want to talk today. Every appointment has been fantastic and I now have the motivation to make the changes I need.
Written on Aug 25, 2022 after therapy with Ben for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Ben has been my therapist for almost a year now and I settled on him after trying a couple different ones. He is a white-passing, Cuban, LGBTQ+ friendly therapist who acknowledges his privilege and works to really understand you as a client. (For context, I am a black, Afro-Caribbean, non-binary person.) One thing that he has helped me with is confidence in expressing myself and finding enlightenment from within with regard to my gender expression and confronting my family. He has been more than flexible to opening up my individual sessions to include other people if that’s what I express is needed to heal + has been more than willing to try other alternative healing modalities in conjunction with my talk therapy. I have to admit I was close to ending my time on the Better Help app before meeting Ben, but decided to give it one last go and he has made therapy worthwhile! If you are looking for someone who really cares about you as a client and is willing to be fluid with you in order to ensure the best therapeutic experience, I recommend giving Ben a go.
Written on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Ben for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Ben is a great listener. His exercise with situations has helped me be a better communicator and human being to my wife and other people that I interact with.
Written on Apr 12, 2022 after therapy with Ben for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Very helpful, good listener, good observations and ideas.
Written on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Ben for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue