Benita’s Credentials

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I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, and I’m also a life coach and an ordained minister and spiritual counselor. I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Illinois State University in 1976. I see adults––individuals and couples–– in private sessions and in intensive retreats. Being a results-oriented person, I love retreats the best because so much transformation occurs in such a short time.

Fascinated with human potential and the healing miracles of Jesus, my master’s thesis researched meditation methods that result in pain elimination without drugs. Little did I know when I was twenty-one years old that I would remain passionate about these subjects for the rest of my life.

As a highly sensitive person with a Myers Briggs personality type INFJ, I share my gifts of keen insight, compassion and empathy to help my clients feel understood at depth. I love helping people discover their Authentic Self and blossom according to their divine blueprint. I help people create structure and access spiritual insight so they can bring their dreams into reality. I enjoy studying the latest neuroscience research to help my clients heal while creating flourishing personal and professional relationships.

Specialties. I choose to coach gifted 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.

Beyond my 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  psychological training programs, far too many to mention here. 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’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 and teamed up with a mentor.

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 working with individuals and couples who are fully committed to their growth. Sadly, that’s not always the case with a corporate group or a government agency.

I especially enjoy coaching gifted high-achieving leaders and rising stars and their spouses so that the impact of my work can reach thousands of people to make the world a better place for us all.

Personal. I came to realize how incredibly important the beauty of Nature is because it is there that I most easily connect with God’s love and joy. This prompted me to move away from the crowded city into my peaceful mountain home that sits on top of a mountain overlooking a lake. I love growing beautiful flowers and rowing my rowing shell on a lake smooth as glass. I always have at least one feline companion, and I enjoy deep emotional connections with friends and family.

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 Carolin

* The Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy

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