My approach as a psychotherapist is to meet you where you are in your life and offer nonjudgmental and compassionate guidance where we can identify and address what brings you to therapy. I strive to instill a spirit of hope and provide encouragement that change can be possible and that you are the ultimate agent of that change. I work from a collaborative approach in order to foster an environment to help you recognize and build upon your strengths. From my perspective, the most important and powerful element in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client. It is this relationship that allows growth to happen so that you can make positive changes in your life.
My passion for this work began when I started my B.A. in Psychology at The University of Connecticut. After completing my degree, I worked at the University of Kentucky where I assisted with research focused on people that used opiates. From there, I moved to New Jersey where I worked on a research study for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses living in supportive housing settings across New Jersey and in Philadelphia. At that time, I was simultaneously studying for my Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. As part of my degree, I completed an internship working at Chelton Loft, a psychosocial clubhouse in New York that is driven to help adults with mental illnesses build more fulfilling and rich lives. Most recently, I worked as a counselor at JVS of MetroWest in New Jersey where I helped adults with a wide range of physical and mental health diagnoses strengthen their employment skills in the hopes of helping them choose, get, and keep employment.
To book an appointment with John Beninato, NCC, CRC, please schedule under Anthony Freire, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC's calendar.
* Please note that we will try our best to accommodate any therapist requests, in the event that we are unable to do so please know that all staff have extensive clinical training.