Benita A. Esposito, MA, LPC, LCMHC

Benita A. Esposito View Specialties

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Distance Credentialed Counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist, Gottman Leader, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • 281 Young Harris St., Suite D, Blairsville, Georgia, 30512
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Atlanta, 30328
       5885 Glenridge Drive, Suite 130
      Atlanta, 30328
  • Phone: 770.998.6642
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  • www.SensitiveIntrovert.com and www.Flourishing-Lives.com. Watch my videos.
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

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 I only see clients via Zoom video conference from the comfort of your home, car or office.
 

Visit my two websites.
 
1) www.Flourishing-Lives.com (individual counseling and couples counseling)
 
2) www.SensitiveIntrovert.com. Watch my book video The Gifted Highly Sensitive Introvert: Wisdom for Emotional Healing and Expressing Your Radiant Authentic Self. It's a memoir and teaching stories. Reading my book is a good way to get to know me so you can determine if you want to work with me.
 
SPECIALTIES
 
I specialize in Marriage Counseling, Couples Counseling and Individual Psychotherapy with adults over age 21.
 
I can help you with stress management, anxiety, depression, grief and healing trauma (PTSD). I've had my share of struggles with all these issues, and I know how hard it can be. I want to collapse the time that it takes you to learn what took me years to learn.
 
I do not work with clients who have active drug and alcohol issues, or who are in trouble with the legal system.
 
Individual Counseling: People initially come to counseling to heal what hurts, and I'll help you do that. But healing is not enough to create a truly flourishing life. I'll help you excavate and express your Authentic Self, rooted in your core values so you can create the most meaningful life possible. You can experience personal mastery, healthy loving relationships, and a successful career. When you learn how to create the life you love, depression and anxiety often take a back seat.

 
If you are a highly sensitive person, (HSP), I would love to work with you. Take the quiz at www.sensitiveintrovert.com to see if you are a highly sensitive introvert. You'll feel understood and celebrated for who you are. I'll help you manage your emotions and deal with conflicts that overwhelm you. Being a highly sensitive introvert myself, I can tell you how much more confident you will feel after learning to recognize your strengths and manage the typical challenges of HSP's. Visit my website www.SensitiveIntrovert.com to watch my book video.
 
RETREATS
In addition to weekly sessions, I facilitate Private Marriage Retreats using Dr. John Gottman's work and Dr. Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy. They offer us 40 years of research on how to create healthy loving relationships.
 
Private retreats for individuals are also available.
 
THEORY AND TECHNIQUES

I use several techniques including Attachment Theory, Brainspotting, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and inner voice dialogues similar to Internal Family Systems. It's my joy to help you find the most effective path using my four decades of clinical experience.
 
With my holistic body-mind-spirit approach, clients arrive at their own insights. When you experience epiphanies and aha! moments, the wisdom becomes deeply integrated. It's yours for a lifetime. If a therapist just tells you what to do or how to think, it won't have as much sticking-power as body-based experiential therapies. 
 

Neuroscience and attachment theory. When the bond in our loving relationships weakens or shatters, it hurts just as much as if we were physically hurt. Sometimes, it’s gut-wrenching. Asking a highly skilled therapist who specializes in couples counseling is your wisest choice to recover from a relationship injury. My goal is not only to help you heal but to go beyond healing to create a truly flourishing relationship that is even more fulfilling than before. I will help you experience the security of a safe bond where you feel that your partner truly understands you and supports you. 
If you are looking for faith-based counseling from a Christian perspective, you've come to the right place. I was raised in the Methodist and Presbyterian Church, and now I belong to the Episcopal Church. You do not have to be Christian to use my services. I counsel people of all faiths who value grace and unconditional love.
 
We spend the first part of our lives trying to do what we think will create fulfillment. But, then in mid-life, there is often some kind of a crisis. We are pulled to look deep within. Although pain and suffering are difficult, and we would rather avoid them, they compel us to explore our lives at a whole new level. Only then can we lay down the old ideas and behaviors that have been unwittingly limiting us. Through a successful round of therapy, The Authentic Self (whom God made you to be) can emerge and shine brightly. This is required for healthy relationships and physical and emotional health.
 
Meditation ToolsHere's an easy way to get started. Use my Relaxation CD or MP3 in the privacy of your own home.  "A Journey Into Wholeness" helps you increase self-esteem, manage emotions, decrease stress, enrich spiritual intimacy, and heal emotionally. You'll learn deep breathing and relaxation skills. Listen to a sample.

 
EDUCATION
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina.  I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology (1976) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (1973) from Illinois State University. Fascinated with the untapped potential of human beings and body-mind-spirit healing, my master thesis researched methods for pain elimination without drugs, which included biofeedback and meditation techniques.
 
Advanced Training
Couples Therapy: I have completed all the training before becoming certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy by Dr. Sue Johnson. I have completed 3 of 3 levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Both methods have been heavily researched and found to be highly effective. I am a certified Gottman Leader for psycho-educational workshops.

PERSONAL INTERESTS
Living a healthy, balanced life is one of my highest priorities. I walk my talk. I love being in the beauty of Nature: hiking along streams through a forest, gazing upon waterfalls, breathing in the fresh air, and swimming in our mountain lake. My favorite hobbies are flower gardening and rowing. A rowing shell is a long skinny boat with 9-foot oars like you see in the Olympics. This serene moving meditation feeds my soul and strengthens my body. I designed and built my home high on a mountain overlooking Lake Chatuge nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest and Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. You will get to enjoy this healing Nature environment if you attend my retreats. I cherish living in this quiet community. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, free of rush-hour traffic and crowds, and close to friends.
 
 What Clients Say ...
 
“When we started the weekend Private Marriage Retreat, I was seriously considering divorce, but now I am hopeful that we can take our marriage to a whole new level. We feel so blessed to have spent time with you, and realize that we could not have gotten to a better place without your support, skills and guidance. We are looking forward to continuing to heal, communicate effectively, and truly love one another. ” – Anonymous to preserve confidentiality
 
“I am married to a physician, and I am his surgical assistant. I finally feel like we are a team, working together to heal. God bless you for helping the healers to heal. I had no idea that I could reach the deep level of healing that we did in such a short amount of time. For me to move out of my head and into my body was what I truly needed in order to feel, really feel, what was inside.”   – D.C., RN
 
“I continue to be thankful for all I have learned about my inner world and resources. I think of you with gratitude when I need to draw upon those places in me. I still remember the day I heard you say. “Do you want to be like an oak tree? When everything tries to shake you, your roots are anchored in the ground.” I wanted that but did not think I could be it. I have reaped the rewards of those days many times over. All the tears, fear, pain, money, hassles and being humbled were worth it. I cry as I think of the tenderness and love with which you helped to birth my Authentic Self. Where would I be today without that work? Not where I am. If only you could meet the man I have drawn to me. My husband takes my breath away with his exquisiteness. Never could I have been with such a man in such a way without all of my past and all of the work we did, you and I.” – P.B., RN

“My husband and I did therapy with you 18 years ago when he lost a job and our marriage was floundering. After 51 years, the marriage is more solid than ever and you helped us see the right road to travel. We will always be so grateful to you for your insight and wisdom.”  – JCS, classical guitarist 


Benita A. Esposito Reaches

Sandy Springs GA
Blairsville GA