I am energized by and find great meaning in working with anyone seeking to find their path through the deep, confusing and difficult circumstances of life. I am passionate about and skilled in peacemaking and peacekeeping, whether that be with couples, families, and individuals. I am also particularly interested in working with older teens and young adults regarding forming and cultivating personal identity.
My Christian faith is a deep and personal part of my life. It is the place from which I draw love, compassion, and unconditional acceptance. I believe this helps me as a therapist, but I do not force my own beliefs in the therapy room. I deeply respect your beliefs, lifestyles, and choices. I am here to walk alongside you.
I enjoy working from the Emotionally Focused Therapy perspective and find that many of life’s problems, stressors, and roadblocks can be worked through from the inside out – perceiving, understanding, and accepting our emotional responses rather than tirelessly trying to change our circumstances. I am also familiar with the Enneagram and find it a great resource for empathy as well as personal growth.
I strive to be a force of present attention, warm patience, and lighthearted calm.
Ben completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul and is completing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.