Hi, there! I’m glad you’re here. My name is Sheree Benjamin and I’m a Wife, mother of 5 and a Proud Army Veteran. I’m originally from Michigan but recently relocated back to Florida after living in Southern California for 9 years. My family and I love the beautiful weather and white sand beaches here in Tampa. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing board games, grilling and taking evening walks, listening to music, dancing and sliding across the floor in my socks!
Why I became a counselor
I became a counselor because I noticed how influential my advice was to others. I started noticing how so many people trusted me enough that they would rely on me to give them positive direction in their lives. I had my first experience as a counselor in elementary school while being able to redirect a friend with thoughts of hopelessness and in turn, encouraged them to continue to live life instead of taking their own. Life can be challenging at times, having a neutral and non-judgmental person along your side can be very beneficial and empowering.
Education, Experience, and Approach
I have been in the counseling field since 2010. I’m a Registered Marriage and Family therapist intern for the state of Florida (IMT3488). I proudly served in the United States Army for 12 years where I was fortunate to work with our dedicated soldiers as a Behavioral Health Specialist where I assisted with outpatient care and treatment of psychiatric, drug and alcohol patients in addition to holding individual and group sessions, counseling patients with personal, behavioral and psychological problems. I have experience working with individuals who suffer from: PTSD, Anxiety disorders, Adjustment disorders, and depression. My specialties are: Marriage and family therapy, Depression, Women issues and stress management. In addition, I have a passion for working with Adults and children who battle with low self-esteem and unresolved issues.
I graduated from Azusa Pacific University, located in Southern California where I obtained my B.A. in Psychology. I obtained my Masters in Marriage and family Therapy from Touro University (Cum Laude), COAMFTE accredited program, located in Southern California. San Antonio, Texas State Psychiatric Hospital is where I conducted my Clinical Practicum. I often use positive self-talk, CBT, Humanistic/Client-Centered Counseling and different theoretic approaches that are specific to the client’s individual needs. As your therapist, I will work with you towards your goals so that we may began your journey to healing, self-identification, supportive growth and encouragement. My goal for my clients is to help them to achieve a level of understanding about any challenges they are facing while providing them with the tools necessary to resolve them in a realistic and positive manner. You will have developed beneficial coping mechanisms and new ways to process your thoughts!
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zin