About Me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with about 12 years of experience working with co-occurring disorders. I have clients with mental health diagnoses along with alcohol or drug use. I use a lot of Motivational Interviewing skills with a Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution Focused approach to therapy. I value myself as a practical no fuss type of counselor whose primary objective is to assist my client in becoming the best possible person they can be and to motivate them throughout the changes that come with therapy and recovery.
I also pull from a life of experience with being homeless for a time and addicted to drugs. I am a disabled veteran and made use of the Veteran's Administration to gain sobriety in 2006. Once I completed the drug abuse program I stayed at the American GI Forum for Homeless Veterans in San Antonio, Texas for the next four years while working on my Associate's Degree in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling and then starting my counseling career as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in the prison system of Texas. I worked there for three years while continuing my education to a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis which I used to start work for a non-profit in San Antonio that primary mission to assist the uninsured and homeless populations of the area by offering housing, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, career counseling, and various types of assistance for getting out of homelessness and unemployment to being a productive citizen. I worked there for the next eight years while continuing my education for a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. While working here I started the Inner City Jail Diversion Program that allows individuals who have minor drug and alcohol offenses to attend treatment instead of jail.
Now, I start the next chapter of my career and life as a small business owner. I have recently started Strategic Therapy and Counseling, PA and look forward to working with you.


Specialties

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

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

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

TX LPC 80291


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for William Benson. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 26, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and parenting issues

After just one session I felt an amazing sense of relief! Knowing someone is willing to provide me tools to live a much more fulfilling life. I’m extremely happy to have been matched with William Benson.

Written on Nov 23, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

An amazing therapist, he helped me beat my addiction and I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.

Written on Nov 23, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and intimacy-related issues

I really apreciate the suggestions given by my therapist. He has new ways of thinking that have helped me to look at life from a different vantage point. The suggestions are practical and easy to implement right away. I thankful for his insights.

Written on Nov 01, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

He is well suited for me. I feel like he really gets me. I’ve struggled with other therapists in the past but with William this all seems easier.

Written on Oct 31, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues

Great guy

Written on Oct 19, 2022 after therapy with William for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Thank you

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

He is Awesome and understands my needs!

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Very knowledgeable with real-life experience and easy to relate to. Helps discover the root causes to tackle a problem head on

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and adhd

I've only met with William one time and I like him a bunch he has very valuable and credible life experience that gives him the authority and expertise to help others

Written on Sep 18, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

He seems knowledgeable and attentive, as well as he seems to genuinely care and pulls from personal life experiences

Written on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Dr. Benson has been a great help in my journey. He has a similar background as me so his advice is very insightful. I feel that he really cares about my success and happiness. I would definitely recommend his counseling to anyone who has mountains to climb.

Written on Sep 05, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, he's the best therapist I've had by a thousand miles, because he's experienced true struggles, unlike most therapists. So he can relate to my journey, rather than just sit and read a script like most therapists.

Written on Aug 25, 2022 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

He's a really down to Earth guy who will help you by sharing some his experiences and anecdotes with you, and keeping you focused on moving forward. I cannot explain how much he has helped me since we have started. It is a process, but he will be there to help you out. He responds to messages pretty quickly as well, and genuinely seems interested in you and genuinely wants you to succeed and get better.

Written on Aug 24, 2022 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, and addictions

William is very respectful and has me work on myself.

Written on Aug 24, 2022 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

he cares

Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

In William, I think I have finally found the therapist who will help me find what I have been looking for these past 30 years.

Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Been very pleasant

Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with William for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

William has helped me more than I can express. His advice and expertise is always good. I enjoy our sessions and know that he cares.

Written on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning addictions

Mr. Benson was an amazing therapist and teacher and taught me more about myself and thought processes than I knew was out out there.

Written on May 11, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, family conflicts, coping with life changes, adhd, career difficulties, and addictions

A wonderful person to have in your corner when trying to better yourself by addressing mental health.

Written on May 04, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

So far I love my experience with my therapist - he has been there for me through my difficult times and has shown me ways on how to navigate through them and ways to better myself.

Written on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with William for 8 months

William is amazing! Personable, and honest. He knows how to make a session feel productive but still light and not stressful. He's patient and I would recommend him to anyone.

Written on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, and bipolar disorder

I am satisfied thus far with my therapy.

Written on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Moves at your pace and comes with a wealth of knowledge and personal experience. I am greatful that I can speak with him in relation to my religious beliefs. In four sessions he has given my so many tools to use.

Written on Apr 17, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Benson is awesome. I appreciate his insight and advice to help me through these tough times!

Written on Apr 14, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

This has been very helpful

Written on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Awesome!!

Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

William has been honest and understanding in all aspects of therapy. From when my ex-husband and I were trying to go through marriage counseling, until we are getting a divorce and William helping me cope through this change.

Written on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

He truly cares about you and wants to see you succeed. He is inspiring and someone who understands what’s going on with each individual.
He is a saint and lifesaver.

Written on Mar 29, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

So far so good, only had to sessions but we’ve covered a lot so far and the worksheets are very helpful.

Written on Feb 17, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, self esteem, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Even on the first session, he jumped right in with out talking alot of fluff. He's direct & to the point which I appreciate.

Written on Feb 12, 2022 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Mr. Benson is a caring and compassionate man that I’ve been talking with since June 2021. Sessions with Mr. Benson have been invaluable to the betterment of my mental health. I don’t know where my headspace would be without sessions with him. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Written on Jan 27, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

William is able to adapt to any situation and makes me feel comfortable to be open and honest. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help for overcoming trials. Thank you.

Written on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

William is a great guy and listen to your concerned and has a lot of different ways to cope with situations.

Written on Jan 14, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, and coping with life changes

William is my very first counselor and honestly, I'm not sure if I'll be able to find a therapist that is as wise and empathetic as he is. He's been so supportive and have taught me so many tips when it comes to healing and loving myself more intentionally. He is always reliable whenever I need someone to confide in, and I feel comfortable being vulnerable to share and not feeling like I will be judged for my emotions and thoughts. Thank you for all that you do William. I am very lucky to have you as my counselor!

Written on Dec 27, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Sessions and homework provide a framework for my emotions

Written on Dec 20, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

William does a great job understanding, connecting and help me.

Written on Dec 06, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

William has been wonderful to talk to and work with. He’s really helped me work on some things and ask questions I’ve been needing to for a long time.

Written on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I want to thank William for all of the insightful things he told me over these last few weeks. He truly was a great help to me, while getting thru a rough time. I would recommend him to any one - he's great!

Written on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and anger management

He's a great therapist,and helps out alot

Written on Nov 14, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Mr. Benson is an excellent confidant and colleague whom I would highly recommend to anyone seeking someone to assist them in navigating their mental health issues. He listens, respects personal viewpoints and experiences, and prompts you as the client to reflect and approach life in a new light. He utilizes useful resources to best aid his clients in better understanding themselves, their mind, and those around them. His grounded manner and knowledge-base go a long ways in prompting clients to take charge and move forward in their endeavors with newfound clarity. Thank you, Mr. Benson.

Written on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

William is very knowledgeable after one video session I knew I would be in good hands!

Written on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

The short time so far I spent with Mr Benson was exceptional. He truly knows what I’m going through and he cares about me I can tell.

Written on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

William is a great therapist. He is very understanding and wants the best for you. He is enjoyable to talk to and helps me have a clear idea of what I need to do to solve the problems I have. I would recommend him to a friend! Thank you William!

Written on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

He's very skilled and has many easy ways to help deal with ptsd symptoms. Speaks of his own experiences, is very understanding and easy to talk to. I feel like he is very organized and to the point so we can get a lot of work done in one session. I feel so much better talking to him and am happy to finally be addressing my issues with help of William.

Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Mr. Benson is extremely personable and professional. He is quick to respond and empathetic. I highly recommend him!

Written on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

His expertise really shows and his demeanor is comforting which makes communication easier. Two thumbs up!

Written on Aug 30, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts

William Benson is the first counselor that I’ve ever seen and he’s great at what he does and I’ll recommend him to anyone

Written on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

William is excellent. He’s a phenomenal listener, he’s very knowledgeable and he knows my concerns and addresses them appropriately. I would recommend him to any of my friends that need someone to bend an ear. His professionalism, timeliness and communication are additional attributes that make him a great therapist.

Written on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

He understands me and what my goals are and gives me the right information for me to get my goals started and to keep going with them. He is very responsive and helps me to think about the next steps I take before I make them. Im very pleased with how well he is versed and knowledgeable with a wide variety of topics and issues that people face. He has me always looking forward to my next session.

Written on Jul 26, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Very knowledgeable, empathetic. Extremely professional. Uses effective active listening skills to determine what type of help is needed.

Written on Jun 24, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Grrrreat!

Written on Jun 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Although we are in the beginning stages of working through my problems and there is still so much unknown, I feel better everyday knowing that i am finally trying to work though these issues. 2 weeks ago I didn’t know if I was going to make it to the next day and here I am two weeks later with an extremely positive outlook on my future. Looking forward to learning from Mr Benson and working towards finding the peace I need in my life.

Work with me!