Olivia Benoit, LPC & LCADC
I am a firm believer that change is possible. "Not Everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it's faced "James Baldwin. Deciding to start therapy is difficult, but I hope to help you on your journey.
I always knew I wanted to help people but didn't know in what capacity. In high school, I graduated thinking I would be a lawyer. As I started my college career, I began to be more interested in people, their lives, their culture, and how I can become not just an advocate but also a change agent in their lives. I received my Bachelor of Art in Sociology and my Masters of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Jersey City University.
I became a Licensed Drug and Alcohol counselor in 2018 and a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2022. I started working in the field as a counselor intern in 2012. I have worked in many outpatient and inpatient Substance Abuse and Mental Health settings for over ten years. I have primarily worked with young adults, teens, and adolescents; with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, women issues, and adjustment disorders. I strive to provide a safe, judgment-free, and compassionate space that allows my clients to share their concerns, fears, feelings, and thoughts.
I utilize a humanistic, holistic, person-centered approach to therapy. I firmly believe you live in the here now. Deal with what is present rather than with what is absent. I use techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and harm reduction techniques. I also provide psycho-education to all clients. It is about finding skills and techniques that work best for you.
When I am not providing therapy and other counseling services, I spend time with my family and friends, being a mom, reading, and traveling.
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