Judy Benjamins, MA, RP

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As a therapist, compassion and acceptance are foundational values for my work. My approach to working with clients is ‘client-centred'.

You come with your own unique life story, influenced by your family of origin, adult relationships and experiences. By questioning, reflection and exploration, I help facilitate a therapeutic space which allows you to explore the deeper parts of yourself and discover new possibilities.

I believe each person has the innate wisdom to discover how they can flourish and thrive again.
 

What to Expect:

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long.  A comfortable, quiet setting provides a therapeutic space to do our work.  In our first session, you’ll have the opportunity to share your story and give voice to the concerns that bring you to counseling.  From there, we’ll go deeper and begin to explore possible root causes of distress, then moving toward changes that will allow you to again thrive in greater ways.

If you have any questions before booking your first session, please feel free to call.  (519-716-9092)
 

Areas of Focus:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couple Counseling
  • Family Relationships
  • Life Transitions
  • Family of Origin
  • Grief and Loss
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Elder Abuse

Counseling Services Provided:

  • Individual counseling can help foster hope, insight and provide practical strategies for change. It’s important to accept you cannot change others, you can only work on change within yourself. It is empowering to know you hold the keys to making internal shifts and changes. Individual counseling can help facilitate greater hope and inner change.
  • Couples who come for counselling often report poor communication as the reason for the breakdown in their relationship. However, poor communication is typically an indication of a deeper, underlying issue that affects healthy communication. Unresolved hurts between people create rifts. When there is a rift in the relationship, communication can become defensive and reactive which results with intimacy and trust disappearing. I bring both expertise and experience in our counseling session.  I am hopeful for relationships. I believe when both partners are committed to change; intimacy, trust and love can again thrive.
  • Family relationships can be confusing. Family systems develop communication and behavioural patterns that can be repeated from one generation to the next without awareness of what these patterns are. There may be issues of favouritism, scapegoating, abuse or belief systems, which impact sibling/sibling relationships or child/parent relationships. Counseling can offer an outside perspective on family patterns with potentially new and healthier ways of relating and connecting. 

 
Training:
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (Level 1)

I also draw on insights from Transformational Systemic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Existential Therapy.
 

Cost:
 
$100 - $125.
Receipt provided for insurance reimbursement.
Sliding scale available if needed.
 
 
My registration lies with the “College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario”.  I graduated from Laurier University with an MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.  
 
 
Website:jqbtherapy.com


Judy Benjamins Reaches

Kitchener ON