Ben Hearn, MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
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. In our first session, I'll work to establish an atmosphere of curiosity, trust, openness, and respect to get a better understanding of you and your strengths, goals, and needs. We'll use a combination of talk and experiential approaches to best fit your needs at the time. As our work progresses, I encourage clients to develop their mindfulness skills outside of session and consider this to be very helpful in IFS work. As we explore and discuss your issues more in-depth, I'll provide a safe environment to approach uncomfortable areas or topics. When approaching these areas during experiential sessions, I'll hold space and witness while guiding you through any difficult emotions that arise. I deeply value the relationships I have with my clients and work and consider myself to be privileged and honored to be able to do the work I do.
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. I particularly enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ+ community around issues related to spirituality and spiritual trauma.