Benita is a graduate of Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi where she received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice (2015) and her Master of Science in Counseling (2019). Benita is currently in her second year in the doctoral program at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, in the Counselor Education program. Benita is a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and currently holds a provisional license as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A).
Benita has been in the helping profession for the past 20 years and has worked in a variety of settings: inpatient/outpatient substance abuse treatment, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric services, non-profit and for-profit agencies, crisis intervention, and private practice settings. Working in these various settings has given her the privilege of working with different individuals and groups across the lifespan. Benita has experience working with individuals with addiction disorders, women and trauma, adolescents having difficulty in school and at home, professionals dealing with job stress and/or burnout, individuals having difficulty with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and employment issues. Benita utilizes a variety of techniques and skills drawn from evidenced based modalities including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Humanistic Therapy/Approaches. Benita believes that every person has the ability to change their circumstances, whatever that may be, if they are willing to do the work to change it. Benita feels privileged to embark on this journey with them.