James Bencivenga, LPC, LCADC

“I’m not the professional in the room. You are.” You’ve lived your life. You know what’s worked and what hasn’t. Life is not only challenging, but complex and one approach does not suit everyone. The relationship between you and your therapist is essential for the best possible outcome in therapy. I take a Rogerian Client-Centered Approach in my therapy, where I will provide a non-judgmental, safe, warm, and accepting environment. I view both myself and the client as the teacher and student. You will teach and educate me on the struggles you’ve faced and what they meant to you, and, working together as a team, I will then teach you strategies that could benefit you as we navigate your journey together to reach your goals.

I received my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, personality disorders, life transitions, self-esteem, relationship issues, substance abuse, and trauma. I am trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Nurtured Heart, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness based interventions. I work with individuals, couples, families, as well as groups. I utilize these approaches from a strength based perspective and tailor therapy to the client’s needs, strengths, and goals they want to achieve.

As life continues to speed up and become more complex, it can become more difficult to find happiness and contentment in your life. I commend you for taking a step toward bettering your life. You deserve it, and I would be honored to join you on your journey.