Together seeking understanding, hope and healing...
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Mary Benton, Ph.D.      Clinical Psychologist
But can you help me?
If you have read this far, you may be interested but still feel concerned about whether there is any help for you.

Obviously, there is no way to guarantee anyone that they will feel better or that their life will improve.

However, I will share with you some of the conditions that I frequently and successfully treat*:

Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar illness.

Trauma-related disorders, including PTSD and dissociative disorders.

Anxiety Disorders, including panic, excessive worry and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Marital problems or family tensions.

Adjustment to life changes, such as aging, illness and disability.

​ ​    * by "successful" treatment, I am referring to an outcome of feeling better and functioning better - I am          not claiming to cure illnesses that are biologically based.
What if I don't know what is wrong with me?
Often people do not know what is wrong or why they feel the way they do. 

I will work with you to try to understand what is causing your suffering - so we can begin the process of getting better.

A good assessment is an important place to start. I will give you honest feedback and answer your questions as best I can.
On the next page, I will tell you some about how I approach treatment.  (click here for page 3)
What I cannot do...
I cannot prescribe medication. If you feel you may need medication, it is important to consult a psychiatrist. However, psychotherapy and medication often work well together to bring better results than medication alone.

I do not work with children. (I love children but that is not my area of expertise.)
Seed of Hope #2:  Picturing the worst increases distress. I cannot know the future but I can be open to possibility.