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Emily RH Benedict, MA, LMHC, LPC

(she/her)

Psychotherapist

Emily RH Benedict Counseling
Bellingham,
Washington,
United States

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Additional information about where I can practice: Oregon, Washington
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Identity & meaning exploration
- Disordered Eating
- Religious deconversion
- Chronic pain, illness
- Life transition
- Healthcare workers
- Burnout
- Anxiety & Depression
- LGBTQIA support
- Psychedelic assisted therapy
- Creative or Artist support
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Psychodynamic
- Somatic
- Parts work (IFS)
- Existential
- Attachment based
- Inner child work
- Psychedelic assisted therapy
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- LGBTQIA2S+
- Transgender
- Nonbinary
- People of Global Majority
- Religious Trauma, Abuse
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

My approach is collaborative, relational, trauma informed, and human. I draw on my own history/faith departure from Christianity and seminary education for spiritual matters. I am HAES® aligned (Health at Every Size®) and offer an anti-diet, weight inclusive based approach to clients working to confront disordered eating or negative body image. As a painter and artist, I draw on my experience of presence over product and seeing the world through a creative and curious lens. As a gardener, I draw on my experience of permaculture and tuning into environmental variables that allow one to thrive given the right conditions. As someone who deals with chronic pain, I draw on my own relationship with my body, her strength and limitations. I strive to promote an atmosphere of respect, curiosity and humility; to offer a space that is anti-oppressive and attuned to political, economic, and socio-cultural inequalities and injustice inherent in the systems we operate.

I offer inclusive based care regardless of size, gender, sex, race, ethnicity, ability, or religion. I see folks who feel like a stranger within their body, mind, and spirit. This may be due to loss of faith (deconstruction), identity loss, grief, existential questions, relational issues, chronic self neglect, disordered eating, neurodiversity, burnout, chronic pain, lack of artistic motivation and trauma. These folks are hungering to be more attuned and embodied, to have a felt sense of what it means to be here in love.

About Me & My Practice

I am a Mental health counselor certified by the Washington Department of Health as well as the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. I have a Masters in Counseling from Multnomah Seminary and University in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelors in Philosophy from Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. My counseling career began in 2012; my background consists of six years in eating disorder, mood and anxiety disorder residential, PHP, IOP and outpatient programs and four years in group and private practice. I started my private practice in 2019.

As someone from the Midwest, I am built with the wide open in my being. I laugh heartily - mostly at myself, and people would generally describe me as introspective, intuitive, playful, and slightly unhinged :). When I’m not a shrink, I am an abstract painter and water colorist, gardener, animal lover, bread baker, and lifelong learner. My partner and I reside in beautiful Bellingham, WA where we love wandering around the bay and exploring the puget sound.

Accessibility Considerations

I am committed to the ongoing work of acknowledging my own implicit racism and biases so that my (virtual) office continues to be inclusive, affirming and welcoming to anyone who enters. I welcome feedback and constructive criticism in our relationship as I know I always have room to grow. Therapeutic relationships work best when they are partnerships, not power structures. It is important for you to know that my space is welcome to you regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, body size, ability, age, gender, or sexual orientation. As a white female in a straight sized body I continue to examine the privileges associated and how they impact my work, especially with larger bodies. I remain humbled by the beauty and diversity of bodies I get to work with everyday, and strive to acknowledge and honor the sacredness of this work we do together.

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