About Benjamin

Counseling Approach

We all have needs. Sometimes they’re big, complicated needs like a feeling of belonging or sense of purpose. Sometimes needs are more basic like getting enough sleep or feeling safe where we live. Whenever we don’t get a need met, that creates unfinished business - needs that linger around. Too much unfinished business and we become fragmented, unable to effectively deal with our present because we’re so consumed about past needs or too worried about future ones. Using a foundation based on a combination of Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness-Based CBT, and Feminist Therapy, I help people define and address their needs.

About Me:

I’m a huge nerd! Outside of my counseling work, I spend a lot of my free time gaming with friends and family, reading or watching sci-fi, and getting lost down Wikipedia rabbit-trails. I’ve also become a big fan of history YouTube. Self-care is important, so I bike wherever I can and aspire to flexibility by practicing yoga.

Training & Clinical Experience

I earned my Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) from the University of Saint Mary and a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling & Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). I've also completed additional training in trauma-informed care with both the International Association of Trauma Professionals and the Arizona Trauma Institute.

As part of my MA program, I completed a clinical practicum with Community Counseling & Assessment Services (CCAS), a community mental health clinic connected with UMKC. CCAS is a safety-net provider serving a diverse, urban population of primarily low-income clients. Following this practicum experience, I completed a year-long internship with the Counseling & Advocacy Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC). In addition to individual and group counseling services, I clinically assessed students for ADA accommodation-eligibility, served as co-advisor to the campus Queer student organization, collaborated with the KCKCC Diversity Center on programing and advocacy, and advised faculty and staff on student crisis situations.

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Professional Affiliations