Fred Benner, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CAADC – Founder/Director
Dr. Benner is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in mental health and addictions therapy for adults and teens. He practices in Lewistown and Mifflintown, PA.
With nineteen years experience as a therapist, he works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, and addictions. Dr. Benner has earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University having conducted clinical research into MAT for opioid dependence. In addition, Dr. Benner has presented at national conferences and to health education audiences speaking on the topic of Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid dependence utilizing buprenorphine (suboxone).
Dr. Benner’s approach utilizes elements of cognitive-behavioral, spiritual, and twelve step therapies to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help him or her build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
- Ph.D. in Psychology
- M.S. in Psychology
License, Certifications & Awards:
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Pennsylvania
- National Board Certified Counselor
- Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Jeffrey Birch, M.S. – Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and focus on Social Psychology at Lock Haven University. He then earned his Master of Science degree specializing in Substance Abuse Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Jeff is skilled with all aspects of substance abuse recovery and continues to work along-side many local community recovery programs.
In his therapy approach Jeff utilizes an eclectic mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) which focuses on changes one’s thoughts and behaviors while being therapeutically with the client in order to bring about, rather than force, change within the self.
- M.S. in Substance Abuse Counseling