Ernest Benson is a National Board Certified Counselor and Associate Licensed Professional Counselor, under Clinical Direction and Supervision. Ernest received his Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. Ernest specialized in Child and Adolescent Development. Post Masters, he has studied Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and in depth Training in Adoption Competency (TAC). Adoption Competency maintains the best interest of the child in all situations. It ultimately focuses on creating the most supportive connections between birth family and the adoptive family (pre-adoption, and post adoption).
Over the years Ernest has served in multiple Hospital settings as a: Case manger, Therapist, and Direct care worker. Managed Therapeutic group homes, for clients returning from long term treatment for sexual trauma. Ernest also managed an adopted teen mentoring program (ATEAM), for 10 years at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. He is a State Certified Adolescent Life coach, for Transition age youth 17-24.
As a Clinician Ernest provides an active educational experience to his individual client's and families, allowing them to openly communicate, sharing past experiences and related feelings. We use this information to identify the effects of trauma in the client’s present life. Our goal is to teach clients how to remove negative behaviors and replace them with positive behaviors. Implementing self-care and recognizing every person has the right and responsibility to identify their purpose in life.
Our goal is to expose the possibilities of infinite life to our clients, by providing clarity about past trauma, the effects it has on their thoughts, feelings, and actions. By challenging negative thinking patterns and offering alternative choices, hopefully we will guide the client to find a future of unlimited possibilities, bliss, joy and peaceful existence!
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and there's some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.