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Allow me to introduce myself...
MA, NLC, CHT
I'm Kelly Beninga 

 I specialize in helping couples and individuals navigate the complexities of relationships. I believe many of the challenges in adult relationships originated in difficult childhood circumstances, and learning to relate in a healthy way as adults can heal these childhood wounds. Learning to effectively communicate is often the first step in this process. Mindfulness and sharing of  your thoughts, emotions, and needs, and actively listening to your partner do the same not only solves conflicts but also creates emotional intimacy.

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Registered psychotherapist in the State of Colorado (NLC.0110096)

  • Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Certified in EMDR for trauma release

  • Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT) - mindful, body-centered psychotherapy

  • Three years of formal Tibetan Buddhist meditation training

  • Certified in Gestalt Therapy

 

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS IN COUPLES COUNSELING:

  • PACT Level I Certified (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy)

  • The Gottman Method - Research-based Couples therapy

  • Imago Couples Therapy

  • Attachment theory based approaches

  • Hakomi mindfulness-based couples counseling

  • Gestalt role-play therapy for couples

  • PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) couples workshop facilitation

I use an eclectic approach where the best tools and approach is chosen for the unique circumstances of each couple.

MORE :

  • Certified in Group Facilitation from the Matrix Leadership Institute 

  • Men’s group leader for the ManKind Project of Colorado.

  • Developed a couple’s workshop based on Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now”.

  • Men’s group facilitator for WINGS, an organization supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 

  • Trained in "Spirituality and Trauma" with Peter Levine.

  • Trained in "East/West Approaches to Psychotherapy" with John Welwood.

  • LGBTQIA aware and friendly.

  • Clinical experience working with men, women, youth, couples, and families

Prior to becoming a counselor,  I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. I had a successful career working in renewable energy and as the CEO of a solar power company. 

I believe in the underlying sanity, goodness, health and wholeness of everyone, and believe we are all moving towards health in the best way we know how. My goal is to bring gentle presence and unconditional acceptance to provide a safe place for the client’s inherent mental health and well-being to emerge. 
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