Ben Shechet, LCMHCA
Outpatient Psychotherapist in South Durham
My name is Ben (he/him); I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate working as an Outpatient Psychotherapist at Three Oaks Behavioral Health & Wellness in South Durham. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University, and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the view that we are all, at the deepest level, whole and complete; we all have wisdom, love, compassion, and the capacity for connection within us. My job as a therapist is not to fix or to change anyone—it is to help and support my clients in connecting with their own knowing, their own power, and their own ability to grow and meet their goals.
In my practice, I focus on developing a warm, attuned relationship where clients feel understood and welcomed as they are. I draw on experiential approaches, including Gestalt, Focusing, and Internal Family Systems, as well as perspectives from contemporary psychodynamic therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies. I often focus on the body—what we are feeling, sensing, and experiencing in the present moment—as a way to keep therapy grounded, immediate, and not ‘just talk.’ At the same time, therapy is never one-size-fits-all, and I strive to meet clients with the tools and approaches that are most helpful and approachable for them.
I work with adults and older teens seeking assistance with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, and identity development and change. I also welcome clients who are simply seeking growth, greater self-understanding, or a deeper sense of meaning and well-being in their lives; therapy does not always have to be about fixing a problem. Additionally, I have training and background in working with individuals who have experienced non-ordinary states of consciousness, whether through psychedelics, meditation, or other causes, and welcome clients who are seeking to integrate such experiences, whether positive, confusing, or difficult.
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