Ben is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. He received his Master’s in Counseling from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Prior to his career in counseling, Ben has gained a global perspective based on 20 years of military professional development, and positions in multiple career fields. While he has retired honorably from military life, he cannot imagine retiring from a life of service to others. Considering faith, Ben remains respectful of all spiritual perspectives, and when appropriate, or requested by clients in the therapeutic setting, will incorporate spiritual guidance that is consistent with biblical principles and professional ethics. His experience as a therapist includes working with issues such as depression, anxiety, premarital and marital therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, relationship problems, adjustment issues, career concerns, group psychotherapy, boundaries and self-esteem, geriatric, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I have found in my current field of study that a strong therapeutic relationship is a key feature of counseling. You and I will function as a “team” making mutual decisions about how we spend time in session. I tend to view clients in a “Wholistic” frame that considers the physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of a person. Counseling techniques used are based primarily on a personal theory which emphasizes trust, community, and self-acceptance, as a way to restore and uplift humanity. Other secondary methods may include a combination of cognitive (reasoning), behavioral (response), supportive, and existential (based on freedom and responsibility). Cognitive therapy seeks to assist clients to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which eventually reduces their psychological distress. It should be noted, cognitive therapy is also highly educative, and clients are taught basic skills so they can eventually become their own therapist. Overall our time together will focus on helping you achieve a decrease in the reason for you seeking therapy, and prevent relapse.