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Kelly Beninga

 

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3035 W 25th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
United States
T: 303-579-1237

 

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Kelly Beninga, MA

Description        

Is true change really possible?

Yes! Our chronic patterns of thoughts, emotions, and ways of relating to each other sometimes get in the way of leading the fulfilling lives we always dreamed. Self-help books, workshops, traditional talk therapy, and simple will power can help us to try and change things, but all too often, the old patterns return.

There is another way...
Transformational Psychotherapy reaches and transforms core issues that have been limiting your life by using a holistic approach that addresses all aspects of the self - mind, body, and spirit.

Rather than just talking about your problems, a combination of experiential approaches is used to access the root causes, thereby allowing your inherent mental health and personal well being to emerge.

By transforming the source of issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic fear, lack of direction, and relationship problems, lasting change is created.

Transformational Psychotherapy reaches and transforms core issues that have been limiting your life by using a holistic approach that addresses all aspects of the self - mind, body, and spirit.

Rather than just talking about your problems, a combination of experiential approaches is used to access the root causes, thereby allowing your inherent mental health and spiritual well being to emerge.

By transforming the source of issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic fear, lack of direction, and relationship problems, lasting change is created.


Profile and Credentials        

I use a holistic approach to psychotherapy that includes helping the client to gain insight into deep-seated beliefs and destructive thought patterns, release unexpressed emotions that interfere with living fully in the present, and to see life experiences as a spiritual journey rather than a series of unwanted problems.

I use a combination of techniques that include Hakomi body-centered therapy, Gestalt role play therapy, and a melding of ancient eastern philosophy with modern western psychology.

Other techniques may include meditation, journaling, dream analysis, guided imagery, holotropic breathwork, and somatic experiencing. The most important thing I offer is my unconditional acceptance and presence.

I have a Bachelors Degree from Colorado State University. I have a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. I have had specialized training in Gestalt therapy. I am a graduate of the Hakomi Institute for body-centered psychotherapy.

I am certified in Imago and Gestalt relationship therapy for couples. I am a certified facilitator for PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) workshops for couples, and am a men's group leader for the ManKind Project of Colorado. In addition, I have developed a couple's workshop based on Eckhart Tolle's, "Power of Now". I have clinical experience working with men, women, youth, couples, and families.

Prior to my psychotherapy career, I was a vice-president of a Fortune 500 company, managing research in renewable energy.


Philosophy and Comments        

I consider myself to be a transpersonal therapist, which simply means I view my clients as more than just habitual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My view is that we are all spiritual beings on a journey of human experience with the purpose of healing and growth.

Growth involves letting go of the defensive contraction that reduces awareness, and removing obstacles to the recognition of our expanded potential. I believe in the underlying sanity, goodness, health and wholeness of every individual 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 spiritual well-being to emerge.

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Both Denver and Boulder locations are available. Appointments are available from 9AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday. My fee is $60 per hour.

Individual Psychotherapy        

Individual Psychotherapy is a very special process in which you are listened to, understood, accepted, and supported in ways seldom experienced in everyday life. By creating a safe environment for you to express yourself and explore personal issues, emotional pain is relieved and mental clarity is achieved.

Transformational Psychotherapy is a powerful method of individual psychotherapy that combines the self-awareness and gentleness of Eastern spiritual traditions with a unique, highly effective Western methodology. Transformation of the individual occurs when awareness is turned toward felt, present experience. Hopes and fears unfold into consciousness, barriers to new ways of being are removed, and new experiences are integrated which allow for the reorganization of core beliefs. Change happens in a more rapid, thorough, and lasting manner.

A body-centered, somatic psychotherapy...
The body is a door that can be opened to reveal the whole character and belief system of the individual. The body's structures, sensations, and habitual patterns become a powerful access route to unconscious core emotions and beliefs. The Hakomi body-centered method allows the hidden beliefs and unexpressed emotions that shape our lives and relationships to emerge safely into consciousness. Once conscious, they can be directly experienced and re-evaluated, and new dimensions of awareness can be integrated. Clients often experience physical healing when underlying emotional factors of ailments are released.

Relationship Counseling        

In their highest form, relationships can be used as a profound tool for healing and personal transformation. Too often, however, relationships are mired in pain due to conflicts and unconscious patterns of relating. Relationships inevitably bring us up against our most painful unresolved emotional conflicts from the past. Recognizing the potential of these conflicts to propel us to new levels of self-awareness, healing, intimacy, and transformation is the key to achieving an enlightened relationship.

The journey from conflict to intimacy requires relationship skills, personal dedication to the process, and a willingness to look into one's self for the source of our own pain and dysfunctional ways of relating. Transformational relationship counseling supports this process by teaching communication skills, building empathy between partners, and through awareness-building experiential exercises. With this support, wounds from the past are released, understanding of our partner and ourselves is increased, and the sacred spiritual journey of relationship is brought to light.

       


       


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