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  • Ben Harel

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    The most thrilling and frustrating thing is the desire to change. We encounter obstacles, recognize negative habits, and see what we want to achieve and become on the horizon. The idea of becoming who we want to be and live the life we want to live is so tempting, but sometimes we don’t have sufficient information, motivation, and support to reach it. We try to change, do our research, even ask for help, and when none of that works, feel disheartened and helpless.

    My job is to approach the same problems, but with unique and customized methods, in order to educate and guide you to your destination. Having worked with teenagers (both as a counselor and teacher), families, and in substance abuse programs, I’ve learned that the last thing people want is to have a predictable experience. Over the past 5 years, these populations have forced me to be creative, surprising, and avant-garde with my presence and techniques, while staying true to my empirically supported cognitive-behavioral skills. I now pride myself on my ability to build a strong and genuine therapeutic relationship with my clients using transparency, collaboration, and humor, and to always approach problems and obstacles with original and effective strategies.

    I graduated with my master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Central Florida. I spent my practicum working in a community counseling center with individuals, couples, and children. I completed a dual-internship, splitting my time between outpatient and intensive outpatient/drug court programs, where I worked with individuals and groups for substance abuse, as well as a variety of common and severe mental health concerns. For the past 3 years, I have been practicing in a high school setting, counseling teenagers and families with mental health and substance abuse concerns, and teaching a life skills class.