About Therapy

What is Therapy?

Therapy (also referred to as Psychotherapy or Counseling) is an engaging process where clients share and resolve life challenges through consistent interaction with a psychology professional.

How Do I Use Therapy?

Some use our services for increasing inner-clarity or implementing better decision-making. Others set goals for optimizing social connection, developing business prowess, or deepening intimate relationships. 

Please know, meaningful growth usually requires hard work. This applies when developing emotional stamina and strength. While leaving behind familiar habits and adjusting to healthier behaviors may be uncomfortable – struggle is optional. 

Whatever your aspiration – we can help! 

Our Therapy Approach 

Counseling unfolds using tested-and-proven therapy interventions. We design assignments and utilize exercises to help you better clarify and achieve your objectives.

In-session, we may solve life scenarios through role-play or actively reframe your assumptions about yourself or others. Homework may involve tracking your internal dialog or practicing intentional self-care (instead of focusing only on others’ needs). 

The Mental Gym combines a blend of the following tried-and-true approaches to effectively address your specific needs: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT asserts that: “It’s not life-events, but how we comprehend these circumstances that determine our well-being.” In other words, our thoughts trigger our emotions and behaviors. 

We’ll work together to diagram your specific Thought <=> Emotion <=> Behavior equation.

Recognizing your habitual thinking will assist us in strategizing alternative perceptions, which will then improve your mood and increase your life effectiveness.

Positive Psychology: Do this: Wiggle your fingers. Now take a moment to consider the multitude of cells and electric impulses required for this endeavor. Ponder the very complicated biochemical interaction and kinesiology at play – and notice how effortless it seems! 

Positive Psychology goes far beyond the caricature of reciting affirmations into a mirror. The curative power of this discipline lies in the awareness that we are all walking/talking miracles.

Together, we’ll work to reinforce the already-existing magic of your individual and mankind’s collective abilities. We achieve contentment once we accept how powerful we are – a choice we all have at our fingertips!

 

Mindfulness Training: Our lives actively unfold from one-moment-to-the-next. Mindfulness practice enhances our abilities to invoke calm and generate gratitude by non-judgmentally acknowledging this reality. It is a collection of skillsets for relinquishing our need to control everything around us.

Acceptance is one technique within this philosophy, which helps reduce anxiety and depression by setting down struggle associated with any given circumstance.

Meditation quiets our emotional associations to past and future – places we can currently do nothing about – and establishes the productive focus of in-the-moment awareness.

Our Therapy Style 

The Mental Gym is a judgment-free Practice, devoted and committed to supporting our clients using the techniques and unconditional positive regard necessary for tackling and working through any life challenge.  

All orientations, spiritual beliefs, and lifestyles are welcome. We have been helping individuals, couples, and families attain and then maintain well-being for over two decades. 

Let’s team up and take the positive steps toward fulfilling your potential. Contact us to schedule your free 15-minute initial phone consultation. 

About the Founder of The Mental Gym

This photo shows us Bill Benson, Founder of The Mental Gym Coaching. Counseling. Consulting.

Bill Benson, LMFT, LPCC

Why I Do This Work

I was a very active kid – experiencing both the wins and losses of competitive sports. Through these athletic experiences, I learned that succeeding or failing was not necessarily determined by a scoreboard or trophy.

As I matured, I became aware of my inner-dialog: I began measuring my performances by on how present I was – even if this meant not winning every race.

As an aspiring young adult, I lost sight of my adolescent wisdom: I envisioned what society considered award-winning and abruptly changed course. My focus quickly shifted to setting and attaining tougher goals before I could be happy or proud of myself.

This never-ending quest for satisfaction spiraled me toward physical burnout and emotional disillusionment.

Ironically, my disenchantment ultimately solved everything for me: Disheartened, I slowed-down and sought out therapy for the first time. The process dramatically helped me reassess my life, and remember the youthful principles that had once served me so well.

My new goals became purpose-driven, not proving-oriented. I enthusiastically found myself earning an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology.

Schooling completed and licensing accomplished; I opened a small private practice. The Mental Gym became my way to share what I’d learned during my journey into happiness and fulfillment.

Over twenty years later, we’re still helping our clients build better lives through an understanding that well-being is not something we win – it is something we realize from within, and then share with others.

Teaming with You

As a Board-certified Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I feel fortunate to have the training and experience necessary to assist you in identifying, understanding, and then eliminating whatever stands in the way of your intended life goals.

Together, we’ll find ways to open up your true potential and develop your emotional muscle so that you can flourish and become the person you were truly meant to be.