Stephen Benson, PhD

  • 22 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Blue Hill, ME

Specialties: Aging, Anxiety, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Multicultural Issues, Parenting, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Self Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, Trauma / PTSD

Specialties

Aging, Anxiety, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Multicultural Issues, Parenting, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Self Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, Trauma / PTSD

Languages

English

Age Group Focus

Adolescents, Adults, Children, Seniors

Treatment Approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art Therapy, Body Centered Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Contemplative, Dialectical (DBT), Existential Psychotherapy, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Feminist, Holistic, Information and Referral, Long-Term, Meditation/Relaxation, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Narrative, Parent Guidance, Play Therapy, Psycho-Educational, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Systemic

Issues

Addiction, Adoption, Anger Management, Asperger's, Attachment Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Marital / Premarital, Developmental Disability, Dual Diagnosis, Education/Personal Development, Firesetting, Immigration/Newcomer, Learning Disabilities, Pain Management, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Postpartum, Runaways, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality Issues, Spirituality, Suicidal Thoughts, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues

State License

Maine

About Stephen Benson

I approach psychotherapy with an interest in how thoughts, feelings, actions, and relationships interact with one another interdependently. When the work goes well, we are both moved, and we are both having a good time, finding new ways to feel right and learn from experience. I adjust my style to each client relationship, in a talking therapy that sometimes includes art, play, or writing. I encourage fresh pathways for resolution and realization in my clients' lives. I am interested in how people respond to challenges. Yet I am dedicated to making my work comfortable, meaningful, and effective to my clients.
In psychodynamic relational psychotherapy, informed by mindfulness practice, non-directive play therapy, structural family therapy, cognitive behavioral skills building, and contemporary neuroscience, basically, we talk, maybe draw or play a game, assessing needs and obstacles, keeping our eye on goals that you help me understand the meaning and value of.
I have been seeing children, teens, adults, and seniors for twenty years, as well as families, couples, and parents. Understanding, change, and simple, practical steps to recovery are usually a pleasure to come to through dialogue and a focused and encouraging connection. Connection, creativity, and accord focus us on recovery.

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