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Why Counseling?

People reach out for support for many different reasons. Maybe you feel as though you’ve lost your sense of self or identity, or perhaps you wonder how your relationships have become more distant or strained. Counseling is an opportunity to sort through these challenges in a safe space, that honors who you are.

My Background and Approach

Clinical Approach

Working from a developmental perspective I strive to meet you where you are, matching your needs while providing appropriate levels of support and challenge. Creating a safe and supportive environment is my goal in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship. I believe that change is an on-going process that happens when we explore alternatives and take on new roles. We’ll work together to help you build the tools needed to combat symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal conflict. Narrative therapy, Gottman’s approach to relational work, and systemic perspectives heavily influence my work.

About Esther

Dr. Esther Benoit
Dr. Esther Benoit

I have been serving clients and students in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area since 2005. My practice focuses on creative approaches to counseling, emphasizing the importance of relationships and relationship patterns. I work with people who struggle with anxiety, systemic/family patterns, alternative relationship structures, LGBTQIA+, and multicultural issues. I hold a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from The College of William and Mary and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. Additionally I have a B.A. in Psychology from Pittsburg State University (2004), M.Ed. in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from The College of William and Mary (2004) and have been a university faculty member since 2012.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe people can change, and that we continue growing and learning throughout our life. Growth and development don’t stop when we reach adulthood, and there is so much for us to discover. I’m also aware that not all of us have the same opportunities. I believe that our experiences and culture make us who we are, and that I can’t really serve you without exploring those parts of you that are most meaningful to your identity. I’ve experienced my own challenges with anxiety and have my own experiences with therapy–both good and bad. This has taught me that therapist-client fit is a big deal–and I hope that you will find someone to listen to you who sees you for who you are.

Call (757) 418-6408 for an initial consultation and to set up your first appointment.

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