Benjamin Harris

Name:Benjamin Harris
Gender:Male
Specialty:Counselor—Therapist
Location:1958 Aberdeen Ct.
Suite 2
Sycamore, IL 60178
Phone: 815-758-8400, Option 1 for voicemail
www.livingrite.org
 
Introduction:
   I believe that the therapeutic relationship is most effective when clients and I work together as a team. My goal is to assist people in realizing their potential for positive change and to help empower them to meet their therapeutic goals. I am comfortable utilizing a variety of interventions to meet each client's specific needs.
   I work primarily with individuals suffering from mood (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder) and anxiety disorders (e.g., OCD, PTSD, social phobia, panic disorder), as well as with individuals who experience chronic pain conditions. I use only interventions in which I have training and that have been proven by research to be effective.
   The interventions I utilize for the treatment of anxiety disorders are supported by research, are based in Cognitive-Behavioral theory and involve education, teaching of skills, and gradual exposure to anxiety-provoking situations. This approach allows individuals to gain control over their anxiety without feeling the need to escape in some way.
   
The following group approaches to treatment are offered at LivingRite:
  Power Over Panic: A Group Therapy Approach provides the opportunity for individuals experiencing panic attacks to learn the most effective techniqes for treating Panic Disorder. The approaches in the group are based in Cognitive-Behavioral theory, are supported by research, and involve education regarding Panic Disorder, weekly in-session exposure-based exercises, and assignment of exercises to be completed outside of group.
  The Psychological Management of Chronic Pain provides members the opportunity to learn of various options available to them for managing chronic pain conditions. Topics may include, but are not limited to, stress reduction, communication, nutrition, yoga, and psychotherapy. Guest speakers from different disciplines present on topics. In addition, group members learn that they are not alone in their struggle with chronic pain.
  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain utilizes concepts from Cognitive-Behavioral theory that have been proven effective in the management of chronic pain conditions. Group members will be provided educational materials, will be instructed in CBT techniques designed to reduce stress and improve coping, and will work toward weekly goals.

All of our groups allow group members the opportunity to provide and receive support in a comfortable, caring setting.
Education:
SchoolDegreeMajorGraduation
Northern Illinois UniversityMaster of ArtsClinical PsychologyMay, 2008
Experience:
PositionOrganizationLocationDuration
TherapistLivingRite, The Center for Behavioral Medicine (private practice)Sycamore, IL05/2010 - present
Mobile Transition TherapistEcker Center for Mental Health (community mental health center)Elgin, IL01/2009 - 09/2010
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services CoordinatorAlden Park StrathmoorRockford, IL08/2008 - 12/2009
Student ClinicianNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, IL08/2003 - 12/2007
License:
NameIssued ByDuration
Licensed Clinical Professional CounselorIllinois Department of Professional Regulation02/2011 - now
Licensed Professional CounselorIllinois Department of Professional Regulation03/2010 - 03/2011
Schedule:
Mondays: 9am-8pm
Tuesdays: 9am-8pm
Wednesdays: 9am-8pm
Thursdays: 9am-8pm
Fridays: 9am-5pm
Language:English only

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