Steve Robert Benson, LPC

Name:Steve Robert Benson
Gender:Male
Specialty:Counselor
Location:Mallard Creek Area
Charlotte, NC 28269
Phone: 704-778-2125
www.groundedingrace.net
 
Introduction:
Everyone has a story. . .

of joy and sorrow, love and sadness, wounds and healing. Everyoneís story is sacred and waiting to be discovered. But often we struggle to read our story because of depression, anxiety, past pains, or relational difficulties. We wonder:

How can Godís love transform my story?

Can Godís grace transform my family patterns?

What does it mean to be free from my past pains?

How does grace really transform my soulís story and the way I relate to others?

Would anybody really love me if they knew what I know about me?

 If these questions have stirred a longing in you, Steve Benson specializes in walking with people to help them discover Godís story in their story and to help them realize the transforming power of grace.

 
Background

Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible with minors in youth ministry and counseling from Covenant College. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree in Missions from Reformed Theo≠logical Seminary (MDiv) in 2002. After seminary, he felt called to be a missionary and raised support to go on the mission fiield in mercy and outreach ministry to Honduras. In 2009, he completed a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary (MAC). Steve is a Licensed Professional Coun≠seling Associate (LPCA) and works under Oliver's Contracting Consulting, and Counseling Services. He is a writer, speaker, and teacher.

Throughout all his experiences, Steve has over sixteen years working with youth and families in multiple cross-cultural context. He has counseled at-risk youth in residential programs, worked in the substance abuse field, and has training in adjustments of cross-cultural living as a missionary. He has experienced God's powerful hand in redeeming his story. He has a unique view of understanding people and their story in order for them to discover the grace of the gospel. He has counseled people regarding marital, parenting, and menís issues along with helping those with problems such as anxiety and depression.

Values and Theory of Counseling

Steve provides Biblically-based counseling grounded in the following principles of creation, fall and redemption. First, we are people that have worth, dignity and individuality because we are created in the image of God. We are designed to live in relational harmony with God, others, and ourselves. Secondly, because of the fall, we live self-protected, relational co-dependent and broken lives. We turn toward many other substitutes in order to find fulfillment and hide from honesty in our relationships. Lastly, God is making all things new. He is redeeming everything not only for one day but also in the here and now by grace through the person and work of Jesus Christ. This gives us hope for the present, perseverance for the future and a perspective on the past.

Counseling is one part of the healing and redemptive process. As a Christian counselor, I use psychological knowledge and known therapies such as cognitive behavioral, narrative, and family system theory filtered through the above Christian world view.Furthermore, my approach also focuses on looking at patterns of relating to others as a way of understanding how you think, believe, behave and feel toward your life. These views are presented most notably by authors Drs. Larry Crabb and Dan Allender.

My hope is that we will have a genuine relationship that will be a safe place for you to engage your soul in freedom, in struggle and in openness. My prayer is that each person may discover how to live with a holistic view of their own heart and to live an authentic life in this world. I can not guarantee change - only you can be the choice-maker and engage in the process of change. I can only guarantee that I will walk with you with integrity, honesty, openness, and grace on the healing path of your journey.


Education:
SchoolDegreeMajorGraduation
Covenant Theological SeminaryMaster of ArtsCounseling2009
Reformed Theological SeminaryMaster of DivinityMissions2002
Covenant CollegeBachelorBible, youth ministry and counseling1993
Experience:
PositionOrganizationLocationDuration
Missionary/TeacherMission to the WorldHondurasAugust 2004 - August 2006
Counselor InternCovenant Theological SeminarySt Louis MOAugust 2008- May 2009
CounselorKeystone Substance Abuse CenterRock Hill SCMarch 2010- February 2012
Family and Marriage CounselorAnuvia Prevention and Recovery ServicesCharlotte, NCNovember 2011- Present
Part-time CounselorEpiphany Family ServicesCharlotte NCAugust 2010- May 2012
Counselor/OwnerGrace Roads Counseling Center PLLCCharlotte, NCAugust 2012- Present
License:
NameIssued ByDuration
LPCANorth Carolina2010- 2012
LPCNorth Carolina2012- Present
LCAS-ANC Substance Abuse Board2012-present
Publication:
I have devotionals on many themes listed on my website.
Insurance:I do not accept insurance at this point but I am willing to give you a receipt with a diagnosis so you can file with your insurance company.
Fee:
$85.00 Assessment Fee. $75.00 per 45-50 minute sessions.   A sliding scale is available.
Schedule:
Open- Please call 704-778-2125 to schedule an appointment

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