Ben Behnen

I am energized by and find great meaning in working with those 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, or individuals. I also particularly enjoy working with older teens and young adults regarding forming and cultivating personal identity, exploring spirituality, and meaning making. In addition, I have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, OCD, trauma, self esteem, stress, struggling with motivation.

I enjoy working from the Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy perspectives. I have found that cultivating and honing awareness regarding our circumstances, inner experience, and strengths and barriers opens space for more intentional decision making that moves us more authentically in the direction toward greater meaning and health.

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 strive to be a force of patient attention, authentic directness, warm understanding, and lighthearted presence.

Personal Interests

My ideal weekend would be hiking along the North Shore with my wife, watching and listening to the waves in Grand Marais, and sipping Java Moose coffee with one hand and a World’s Best maple bacon donut waiting in the other. I also enjoy reading a good book, listening to music and podcasts, and writing.

Education

Ben has his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University (Minneapolis, MN) as well as his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul (St. Paul, MN).

Certifications

Prepare/Enrich Facilitator