6 Years Exp
6 Years Exp
Hello! I’m Carol Benevy. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and I have worked as a therapist for over 6 years, working in outpatient, community, school, and telehealth settings. I help people who feel “stuck” find ways to get unstuck, people who feel disconnected find ways to reconnect, and people who feel lost find their path again.
My approach is to meet you exactly where you are today, and build on the strengths and resilience you already have to help you move towards balance and wellness. We will work together to create a plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be, using evidence-based therapies and tools that fit your style. Anxiety, depression, addiction, illness, relationship issues, all of these things can drain our energy and make it difficult to stay hopeful. I like to bring in humor, music, meditation, Qigong, mindfulness, journaling and drawing to reawaken your positivity and hope.
Besides working as a therapist, I have worked in healthcare, community mental health programs, domestic violence shelter, community drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and disaster response for both Hurricane Sandy and the COVID-19 pandemic. I earned my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Kean University in 1997, and my Master of Social Work from Rutgers University in 2004.
A client came into therapy because they were struggling with being assertive in family relationships and experiencing a lot of anxiety. Working together, we found new ways for them to manage the anxiety and set healthy boundaries, which allowed them to be in those relationships as an equal for the first time.
I approach the counseling process with the idea that everyone is strong in different ways that have helped them get through life’s challenges so far. No matter what brings you into therapy now, together we are going to discover new tools and build upon strengths you already have inside you, to help you feel better and reach your goals.
Our first session will be about getting to know each other, so I can learn how I can best help you reach your goals. Yes, there will be paperwork and questions, but I really want to start finding out about your personality, your communication style, what’s bothering you the most right now, and what goals and dreams you have for yourself. I will answer any questions you have, and you can decide if we are a good fit.
All of my life, I have been endlessly curious about people, what they think about, how they feel, how they experience their lives. Since becoming a therapist, I get to know people in a meaningful way, and have the privilege to witness their growth and change. I love being a therapist because I am amazed at the strength, goodness and resilience I see in everyone who walks through my door.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
First, you can expect that I will see you as a whole person, in the context of your life experiences, your health and all of your connections. I will be direct and real with you and check in with you often to make sure we stay focused on the things that are important to you. Together we will work on filling your “toolbox” with skills and strategies to deal with life as it comes at you. My hope is that you will leave therapy with a new perspective, a better sense of who you are and your strengths, solid strategies to manage stress and emotions, and more clarity about your past experiences and where you want to go next.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
To help you get there, I will utilize a variety of techniques and therapies aimed at building upon your strengths and helping you reach your goals including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Harm Reduction, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Focused Therapy.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I have worked in both individual and group therapy settings with adults, teens, children, trauma survivors including those impacted by domestic violence or disasters, people in all stages of addiction and recovery, and people who identify as LGBTQQ+. My specialties include trauma, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, grieving and loss, chronic illness, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and substance use (client or a loved one).