Jeff Bennett

(M.Div., B.C.C., L.M.F.T.)

About Me

Hello. My name is Jeff Bennett. Thank you for reviewing my profile.

I care. I believe I can help you. One reason I believe that is because of consistent positive feedback by the diverse many who I counsel in person. I have over 25 years of experience in face to face counsel as a professional therapist. Now I have expanded my availability online with Chat, LiveChat, Phone and Video. As you will read, I am available, present, comfortable, and received well professionally and personally in various settings and communities with diverse populations.

Life is indeed challenging. I am learning from experience how important it is to regularly include support from wise and proven counselors. Therefore I dedicate extensive time and effort toward my heart's desire of being the best individual and professional psychotherapist I can be. I believe one of my gifts and purpose in life is to help others.

To strengthen my skills toward my purpose, I seek and receive education and extensive rigorous training and supervision. Okay... honestly... some options I entered into very conflicted and begrudgingly. Then I continued to show much resistance. Eventually and not unusually, I discovered benefit and fruit and practicality, even from those teachings I first considered unredeemable. So now I am learning to be more open and embrace certain thoughts and teachings what I once judged and rejected. I find this also applies true for life experiences and events. Freshly reconsidering and contemplating, often through my daily meditating, I find and glean many unexpected beautiful gems, even from life memories of decades ago. Odd how much of life and events unfold. Very unpredictable.

Most of those experiences of growth were very humbling for me. For the most part, these experiences of learning still are humbling as I continue to develop and become. These growth opportunities are not just from formal teachers. It seems there are growth opportunities from everyone I meet, and every event I experience. Therefore, if you discern to schedule with me, in our exchanges together, I too will very likely be learning along side you.

I intentionally as well as serendipitously benefit from an assortment of active steps to better develop my inner resources and therapeutic skills. This includes personally receiving counsel from professional therapists. Yes. I benefit from that too. I wasn't just born with these skills. LOL. While there may be individuals around each and all of us that could and do help us in multiple ways, I believe everyone would still benefit at least from some counsel through a professional. It continues to be a great help for me. Without exception. I am confident in saying that the benefits from any and all counsel will nurture a continuous unfolding of life-long lasting positive and diverse outcomes.

In my life's quest for healing, betterment and enrichment, I even spent time in a seminary. But don't worry. I definitely know that I am not 'holier than thou'. I believe the experience gave me something uniquely good, that for me, I was not able to find elsewhere. Again, I learned much there, and from many resources beyond the extensive readings required in that setting. FYI, I am cisgender and an ally and stand proud.

My professional history has given me an opportunity of meeting many individuals with varying and diverse lifestyles, cultures, beliefs, ages, politics, faiths, experiences and challenges. For example, I have worked with many individuals who are committed to a 12 step program. These individuals are those who strive for recovery due not just to substance addiction, but also from events, traumas, relationships, childhood experiences, chemical imbalances and behavior challenges. I also have worked with individuals presented with dual (two together) diagnosis such as with chemical imbalances with a substance addiction, or depression along with anxiety issues.

My professional experience lead me also to many diverse places. These places include general as well as specialized inpatient psychiatric hospitals. One psychiatric hospital specializes in 'forensic' patients, those who are waiting to stand trial for felony charges but deemed by a judge to be mentally incompetent to stand trial. I worked with the treatment team to help the individual be mentally competent to stand trial. I served in many hospitals as a chaplain. I served on a military base for those active duty military and their families as a Military Family and Life Consultant. I have accepted special assignments. These assignments involve debriefing individuals and groups on location in the community and workplaces when criminal, tragic, violent, accidental, or hate driven events happen.

If you even contemplate a little that you might benefit from counsel in one form or another, I encourage you to somehow find it within yourself to take courageous steps and secure professional counsel. Secure that support you need to take those steps. Enjoy unique experiences in your life that you believe will help you personally grow within yourself and relationships, in your mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing and healings, as well as toward your professional development. Then I encourage you to share liberally with others in opportune moments from your own gleaning experiences.

If you consider that I might be part of your quest for betterment and enriched sense of self, relationships, healing and living, then I am honored. Please subscribe. Select my name as your professional counselor. Begin chat immediately. Additionally included in your subscription is your ability to self schedule private one on one LiveChat, phone or video sessions. These virtual private sessions definitely add significant value to your experience and outcomes. It is very easy to subscribe and get started. There is even live technical support there too to assist you as needed. So... 'Let's Talk'.

I appreciate and respect you. My heartfelt desire is to help you make the most out of your life and circumstances. Use resources available to you. In all you think, recall, do, decide, feel, and are with, do it more mindfully. Live with kind purposeful intention and congeniality even within yourself. Live with daily self care, perhaps an even simpler life, and with inner peace.

I care. Jeff


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Coping with life changes
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #3347 (Expires: 2020-09-30)

LMFT #L513 (Expires: 2020-12-31)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Jul 06, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 4 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, and sleeping disorders

Jeff has been a steady hand through stormy waters. As I have come to terms with reality of being a recovering addict Jeff has been there as a faithful guide and listening ear. he has helped me open a conversation with myself that has shown me how I can change. We've met once a week for several months now and built a professional relationship of trust where I feel able to share dark secrets I have carried on my own for a long time. In turn, this has helped me reach out to others and I now have a stronger network of friends who are helping me on my road to recovery.

Written by L.Y. on Jun 27, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I was in serious need of someone to guide me through grieving my husband’s death, and to coach me out of years of self neglect from being a chronic caregiver.
Jeff and I texted a lot prior to our first productive video session. Then I hit a big wall of stress and wanted to run away as usual. Jeff was SO patient, kind, and empathetic. Acknowledging my anxiety issues, we adapted goal setting. I’m learning new skill sets to survive a difficult past. Some include, celebrating accomplishments, being a better role model for my children, and care for myself along the way. Admittedly, I’m not easy to work with, Jeff has gained my trust and confidence. Most importantly I feel hope. I’d forgotten how that feels.

Written by B.R. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Although Jeff and I are fairly new to working together, he’s been nothing but a supporting rock. He has such a kind soul that is so welcoming and you know he cares and wants to be there for you. And for a lot of us seeking help, that’s something that’s very important to us. He’s not afraid to dig deep and make you realize that your life is yours to control, but will give you great tips to rein in the anxiety and stress and succeed. He’s honestly great.

Written by G.I. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I have had struggles with the platform and options, but Jeff has been the saving grace.

Written by N.A. on May 11, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Jeff radiates this warm father-like vibe as he listened and paid attention to whatever I said. His experience with Christianity renders great understanding when the issues involve faith. I truly recommend anyone who looks for calm, caring, accepting, encouraging and full of wisdom counseling to contact Jeff.

Written by T.E. on May 03, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Great help and very well timed responses. Jeff is a pleasure and would recommend to anyone I know seeking a helping hand.

Written by S.A. on Apr 12, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

I immediately felt very calmed by and cared for when speaking to Jeff for the first time.

Written by H.E. on Mar 01, 2020 after counseling with Jeff for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Jeff is an amazing listener and really takes all of your worries and concerns helps you cope with them in your daily life. He’s very committed to making his clients feel comfortable and safe to be one hundred percent honest in every session.