Benita’s Credentials

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I’m a Life Coach and Spiritual Coach.  I earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University in 1976 and I’m an ordained minister. I’ve always been fascinated with helping people reach their God-give potential. For four decades, I’ve facilitated individuals and couples in private sessions, groups and intensive retreats. Being a results-oriented person, I love retreats best because so much transformation occurs in such a short time.

Specialties. I choose to coach S.M.A.R.T.* highly sensitive people (HSP) because the HSP material developed by Dr. Elaine Aron has been incredibly helpful in my own life. I am a Highly Sensitive Person who is an introvert, so it is easy to understand their challenges and gifts.

*S.M.A.R.T. = Spiritual + Mature + Authentic + Responsible + Trustworthy

Highlights of My Education and Career Path

Fascinated with the possibilities of human potential and spiritual healing that Jesus promised, my master’s thesis focused on meditation tools that result in pain elimination without drugs. As I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I rolled right into my master’s program so I could graduate quickly and start helping people. Little did I know that Life Coaching, Spiritual Coaching and Psychotherapy would remain my passion for the rest of my life. I’ve always been a life-long learner. I’m not planning on retiring. Ever.

Beyond my master’s degree training in clinical psychology, I spent several years learning Robert Fritz’ coaching model which teaches people how to be proactive instead of reactive to life’s circumstances. I highly recommend Fritz’s book, The Path of Least Resistance. I’ve attended dozens of other training programs over four decades, far too many to mention here.

I’ve always wanted to make a large contribution to making our world a better place. In the early years, I thought the best way to do that was through corporate training and coaching. So I entered a PhD program in Community-Organizational Psychology, teamed up with a mentor, and I participated in the Registered Corporate Coach Program. I studied with the Order of St. Luke with my dear friend Father John Rice where I learned how to combine Christian spiritual healing and psychological principles.

I facilitated team-building programs for government and private agencies, and I’ve taken numerous leadership development courses, entrepreneurial skills, sales and marketing, success skills and adult education skills courses.

I stopped doing corporate team-building because I enjoy the more intimate coaching relationship with S.M.A.R.T. individuals and couples who are fully committed to their growth. Sadly, that’s not always the case with a corporate group or government agency.

I especially enjoy coaching S.M.A.R.T. high-achieving leaders and rising stars (and their spouse if they have one) so that the impact of my work can reach thousands of people to make the world a better place for us all.

Certifications

• Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, license number 000300

• The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person. I’m an ordained minister.
• Certified Gottman Leader: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Program by Drs. John & Julie Gottman
• Certificate of Specialization in TeleMental Health Counseling (distance counseling)

Memberships
• Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor Association
• Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Hayesville, North Carolina

• The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson

How my personal strengths help you:

As a Highly Sensitive Person and Myers Briggs personality type INFJ, I share my God-given gifts of keen insight, structure, compassion, empathy, and emotional intimacy to help my clients feel seen and understood at depth. I love helping people discover their true identity and then blossom according to their divine blueprint. If you want me to, I’ll use my intuition to help you gain greater understanding beyond what you can grasp by yourself. I enjoy studying the latest research on neuroscience to help my clients generate happiness and success while creating secure flourishing personal and professional relationships.