Ben received a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 and Master of Divinity in 1987; both from Texas Christian University. He is an ordained minister, with good standing, in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with 32 years of experience in the parish setting. In 2014, Ben received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Angelo State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Although clergy, Ben is open to working with individuals from all religious preference and belief systems including atheism.
He is oriented in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has received training from both The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia, PA and Christine Padesky, renown psychologist in the field of CBT. Ben is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy; a specific therapy designed to treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is registered as a CPT provider in the state of Texas. Ben has also completed Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in his work. Currently Ben is in the certification track in the Gottman Institute, which is a research-based approach to relationships and couples counseling.
In addition to primarily working with couples and trauma recovery, Ben has a special interest in working with LGBT clients/families and people who have experienced religious abuse.
Ben has been with WTCG since 2014 and is officed on the 6th floor of the Cactus Hotel. If you have questions regarding his practice, CPT and/or the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.