Esther Benoit, PhD, LPC (VA) | The Affirmative Couch

Esther Benoit, PhD, LPC (VA)

Esther Benoit

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Identities: Bi-cultural

Language(s) Spoken: English, German

Phone: (757) 418-6408

Address: 10345 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601

Website: http://benoitcounseling.com


Get to know me:
I have been serving clients and students in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area since 2005. My practice focuses on creative approaches to counseling, emphasizing the importance of relationships and relationship patterns. I work with people who struggle with anxiety, systemic/family patterns, complex relationship structures, LGBTQIA+, and multicultural issues.

What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?
I believe people can change, and that we continue growing and learning throughout our life. Growth and development doesn’t stop when we reach adulthood, and there is so much for us to discover. I’m also aware that not all of us have the same opportunities. I believe that our experiences and culture make us who we are, and that I can’t really serve you without exploring those parts of you that are most meaningful to your identity.

What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?
I have 15 years experience working with individuals, relationships, and families. My practice is LGBTQIA+ and poly friendly. I approach all of my work relationally, and consider myself to be constantly learning and growing as I explore narratives with each of my clients.

What is my approach to healing?
I approach my clinical work from a developmental and systemic perspective. From my experience, clients are much more likely to engage in the process of self-discovery and exploration when they are approached as the experts on their own lives. Creating a safe and supportive environment is my goal in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship. This therapeutic relationship is of primary importance in counseling and requires careful attention to cultural and personal context. I believe that change is an on-going process that happens when we explore alternatives and take on new roles. I value a collaborative approach to counseling that emphasizes the integration of various sources and systems of support.

What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?
Anxiety, stress, relational concerns

EDUCATION & LICENSES

Education: M.Ed, Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling; PhD Counselor Education
Years in Practice: 15
School: The College of William and Mary
Year Graduated: Masters (2006), PhD (2009)
License # and State: 701005214 (VA)
Additional Credentials: NCC
Training Experience: Relationally Focused marriage, couples and family counseling training; Gottman Level 1 training

OFFICE INFORMATION

Accessibility: Stairs
Gender Neutral Restrooms: Yes

FINANCES

Fee Range: $125-150/hour
Accepted Payment Methods: Stripe/Check/Credit Card
Accepted Insurance Plans: Anthem BCBS