Ben Velez


Ben Velez


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 1446
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $200 per session for individual therapy
$225 per session for couples and family therapy
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


New York City, New York 10001
Brooklyn, New York 11222

My Approach to Helping

I am a firm believer in a mind-body-spirit approach to psychological health, and I incorporate my own multi-disciplinary spiritual practice and investigation with my graduate training in relational therapy into a holistic-minded approach. I utilize transitions and crises as opportunities to deepen insight and life skills that better navigate and manage both those that brought you to therapy as well as similar future situations. Whatever brings you here, I view the end potential of our work being empowering you to lead your vision of the healthiest, most productive and balanced life possible.

More Info About My Practice

Every story I encounter is unique, so my methodology is expressly eclectic, organic and sensitive to all of the personal and historical narratives that you may bring and is oriented towards uncovering the way forward that best suits your individuality. I operate from a curiously-compassionate, humanistic stance that blends classic psychodynamic work with mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral strategies to help you forge new ways of thinking, behaving and experiencing your life.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in working with adults in a variety of capacities, including relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, self-esteem, family of origin issues, life transitions, grief and spiritual strugglesconcerns. And I do so in an open, collaborative and understanding therapeutic environment that is sensitive to all of the varieties along the cultural, gender and spiritualbelief spectrums.

In terms of Couples Therapy, my graduate-level specification in relational therapy supports a journey in which we collectively learn to understand your entire relationship system - not just the biased singular perspectives within it. I am in the service of your relationship family, and seek the healthiest outcome for the system as a whole and the subsequent happiness of all involved. It is an oft-held belief that happy relationships simply consist of finding "the one", our "soulmate" etc. In reality, once we make it beyond the initial honeymoon phase, healthy and loving relationships require us to choose to show up for our partners and yet the skill set of cultivating and nurturing solid, fulfilling relationships is one that we are, most often, not taught. I help couples with communications problems, developing better conflict resolution strategies, healing from physicalemotional and online infidelities, addictioncodependency issues and other sexual issues. Together we will examine your familial and relational histories and learn a variety of guideposts towards helping you be your best selves, both together and individually.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    As a multi-racial person raised in an LGBTQ family setting, I respect, honor and welcome all into the therapy process and always seek to create an understanding space that is welcoming and safe to all of the spectrums of racial, cultural, sexual, and spiritual diversity. Additionally, I am versed in and respectful to the fluid gamut of relationship styles - from strict monogamy to the many permutations of ethical polyamory.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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