Ben Hearn, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Specialties: Trauma and PTSD, existential & narrative therapy, EMDR, LGBTQ+ population, poly/kink relationships, spirituality

Services Offered: Individual, couples, psychedelic integration (individuals), trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mindfulness training, career counseling, research consultation (psychedelics)

Sessions: Telehealth & In-person (Cincinnati, Ohio; South Carolina)

Biography

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I am working on a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Cincinnati. Here, I am advocating within the field of counseling to promote awareness and research for psychedelic-assisted therapies. I have been interested in psychedelics, meditation, and transpersonal psychology since I was introduced to the topics as an undergraduate student in philosophy and cognitive science and have been practicing mindfulness meditation since. I enjoy bringing brain-based understandings to these areas and find neuroscience to be an equally interesting, if not valid, approach to understanding consciousness in its infinitely varying forms. I have presented on psychedelic-assisted therapy, LGBTQ+ issues, and trauma informed care at local, national, and international conferences. In my clinical work, I have practiced since 2016 in a wide variety of settings including community agencies, schools, private practice, and wilderness therapy. Most of my clinical focus has been in trauma, depression, and anxiety, though I am looking forward to being able provide integration services to those who need them as well as addressing spiritual issues with clients. I particularly enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ+ community around issues related to spirituality and spiritual trauma.

 

How I work with clients

In my work with clients, I aim to provide a space that is safe for them to engage with and discuss all areas of their lives but particularly those that may cause discomfort to address. To this end, I enjoy working from existential and narrative perspectives as I believe these are better able to help clients with the “big” issues in life than more cognitive-based approaches though these certainly have their place. I also draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), whose developer practiced Zen Buddhism for many years, to help teach mindfulness skills and acceptance of the present moment. I am also trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a more somatically-oriented approach and is particularly helpful working with trauma. Regardless of which approaches I use with my clients, I regard clients as the experts in their own lives and do my best to approach each therapeutic relationship with a beginner’s mind. I deeply value these relationships and my work with clients and consider myself to be privileged and honored to be able to do the work I do.

 

Education

MA in Mental Health Counseling (University of Cincinnati)
BS in Psychology (University of Georgia)
BA in Philosophy (University of Georgia)
BA in Cognitive Science (University of Georgia)

Licenses

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#E.2001589 Ohio)

Trainings

Nationally Certified Counselor
EMDR

Languages

English

Online Sessions

Yes

Location Ohio, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Online, Telehealth

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