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West Central Counseling, LLC
121 5th Ave. W.
Alexandria, MN 56308

Ben completed his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cedarville University in 2002 and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2005. He has been trained in numerous evidence-based practices to treat relational, emotional, and behavioral concerns. In the first nine years of his career, he worked with children and families, including refugees, asylum seekers, and individuals and families impacted by domestic and international adoption. Since 2012, he has enjoyed working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families of all ages. His areas of interest include attachment, adoption/foster care, family of origin issues, parenting, marriages, relational connection, communication, trauma, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, early childhood mental health, child and brain development, and parent-child relationships.

Additional Information:

Service Location: Office Based and In-Home

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family

Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Adoption Identity
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Circle of Security
Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI – model created by Dr. Karen Purvis and Dr. David Cross at Texas Christian University). Ben is a TBRI Practitioner and can also provide training using the TBRI Caregiver Training Package.


updated Summer 2021

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