At times it can be challenging to cope with the obstacle’s life can throw our way. I am passionate about helping individuals achieve their personal goals. I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. In addition, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which can be helpful to reduce emotional distress in trauma related disorders. I have received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wichita State University and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University.
I have experience working with a diverse population, including adults, adolescents, families and couples. I have worked in various settings including community mental health, homeless shelters, and conducted clinical trials research. My practice is devoted in the treatment of Eating Disorders with related issues of self-esteem and body image concerns. I also specialize in trauma, and pregnancy related concerns including infertility and infant loss, depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
My therapeutic approach emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive and safe environment to promote healing and peace. A free initial phone consultation is offered and I have flexible work hours to accommodate busy schedules.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Emotionally Focused (EFT)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is eating disorder treatment different? Are other professionals involved in the treatment process?
Eating disorders are serious conditions that can have a significant mental and physical impact, including death. I believe that a collaborative approach to care is essential in treating eating disorders. If you do not have a treatment team (i.e. physician, dietitian/nutritionist, psychiatrist etc.) and we agree that this would be beneficial, I’d be happy to help you establish this support.
At Benitez Counseling, clients have a unique access to a multidisciplinary team of providers located in the Sedgwick county area called the Eating Disorder Consultants of Kansas (EDCK). When needed, coordination of care is quickly achieved through this access for medical evaluations, risk assessments, nutritional services, and close communication with the team to ensure medical safety and stability while in outpatient care.
What is EMDR and how can this benefit me?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post-traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in the treatment of panic attacks, dissociative disorders, phobias, stress reduction, performance anxiety, complicated grief, addictions and physical and/or sexual abuse.
How frequently do you meet with clients?
I typically meet with clients on a weekly basis, as I've found this is typically the most clinically appropriate and helps to ensure that you can make progress on your treatment goals. In terms of overall length of treatment, this varies depending on a variety of factors and is specific to each individual.
Do you take insurance and what are your fees?
I accept many major insurance plans. Please contact your insurance company prior to the first appointment to determine what services are covered under your plan. Other important questions to consider include: What is my deductible and has it been met? Do I have a co-payment? You may contact me directly for self-payment rates.
Can I use my Flexible Spending Health Account for payment?
Yes, clients are typically able to pay with flex spending cards or to get reimbursed from their account with the receipts that I can provide.
Payment & Insurance
Accepted Insurance Plans
BlueCross and BlueShield
Out of Network
Accepted Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Cash, Check, and Health Savings Account
LINKS AND RESOURCES
Perinatal Mood/Anxiety, Infant Loss, Infertility
Depression & Anxiety
Emergency and Crisis Hotlines
Following are national resources and hotlines that provide support and information. They can answer questions and help in times of need. In general, hotlines are:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is in crisis – considering suicide or not – call and talk confidentially with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. You’ll be connected with a local crisis center in the Lifeline network. Counselors listen empathetically and without judgment, work to ensure callers feel safe, help identify options and offer information about local mental health services.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Provides referrals to support groups, mental health professionals, resources on loss and suicide prevention information.
COMCARE Community Crisis Center
Provides 24-hour resources for mental health assistance and suicide prevention in Sedgwick County.