California Marriage and Family Therapist 122553
M.A., Clinical Psychology (Latinx Mental Health emphasis), Antioch University, Santa Barbara
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fresno
- BIPOC Experiences (marginalized, underrepresented)
- Sociocultural Concerns
- First Generation College Student Concerns
I look for the little moments of joy in the everyday routine. My family remind me of the importance in being genuine, silly, learning from our mistakes , and the power of laughter. I can get lost in the process when I throw a wood blank on the turning lathe or planning the next wood project.
Ben uses an integrative approach from various modalities ( i.e. CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Systems) when stepping into the clinical setting. He is mindful of the importance in recognizing and incorporating the various aspects of the individual stepping into the room. Ben enjoys the collaborative approach in supporting his clients develop and reach their therapeutic goals. His experience working with children, youth, adolescents, transitional youth, young adults, and their families has exposed him to various mental health concerns ranging from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, cultural issues, gender affirming care, and some neurodivergent work. Most of this experience was in non-profit organizations , in the San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Agency , and SLO County Office of Education . From this experience, Ben developed an appreciation for working with identity development, adjustment and phase of life issues, anxiety , and depression related mental health needs. Although BIPOC Focus ed , Ben enjoys working with individuals from all walks of life. He believes that in taking the time to listen, we can learn from each other and in doing so, we can break down barriers, misconceptions, and biases. Humor, pop culture, dichos (sayings), and Spanglish are some tools in helping Ben get his message across. Advocating, being an ally, and using his voice and privileges to help those that are marginalized is an important area of professional work to him . Ben’s experience of being the first member of his family to attend a four-year university and navigating the non-linear challenges of that experience imprinted a passion for supporting others navigating this experience. During his undergraduate experience at CSU Fresno, Ben’s role in supporting students as a peer advisor for incoming students guided his journey into the mental health field. After taking a break from school, and having more lived experience, Ben pursued a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Born in Mexico, immigrating and growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, Ben continues to learn and explore the impact of his raíces (roots) on various intersectionalities of his personal and professional self. During his time off, Ben enjoys connecting with friends, family, exploring, camping, movies, aud iobooks, and finding delicious food.