Erica Bench, MS, LPC, NBCC, in Kansas City, Missouri, 64111

Erica Bench, MS, LPC, NBCC

Erica Bench, MS, LPC, NBCC

Professions: Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: 1st appointment/initial assessment-$135

individuals-$90 per clinical hour
couples-$125 per clinical hour

online sessions-same cost as in office
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

4049 Pennsylvania Ave.
suite 200
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

My Approach to Helping

I believe we are constantly creating our life experience whether we are aware of it or not. Creating and living a life that is fulfilling and rewarding requires awareness and skillful use of tools and knowledge. Without these skills, it can be easy to slip into 'autopilot' mode, riding on seemingly uncontrollable waves of problems until suddenly we wake up one day and realize, "this isn't working anymore!"

My goal is to help you untangle your thoughts and feelings to become more aware and regain control of your life. I believe within each of us we have the power to change and the power to create a radiant, fulfilling life for ourselves.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

The field of psychology is actually my second career. In the first, I worked in the wild, wacky world of television and film. It was very creative and exciting, but also full of stress, dysfunctional communication styles, drug and alcohol abuse, and a LOT of personality disorders! Needless to say, I quickly found myself in therapy. During this process, I realized issues from my past drew me to this field, and although I found it rewarding for almost 10 years, I began to change.

My priorities and interests changed significantly as my negative emotions and stress decreased. I started to like myself more and became more 'settled'. I decided to go back to school to learn more and to eventually 'give back' to others in the way so many wonderful clinicians had helped me.

I've been in and out of therapy throughout most of my adult life. Each time emerging stronger, smarter, and convinced that this is a process that really works. Most recently I underwent a lengthy period of EMDR therapy. It was amazing! I was able to face trauma that had held me back for years and process it in mere months! Due to this experience, I am in the process of becoming EMDR trained myself and am excited to soon be able to offer it to my current and future clients.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Similar to a coach, I can educate, encourage, and support you, but I cannot run the race or play the game for you. You must be willing to put in the time and effort to practice in order to be successful. Just like the first days of physical training, the first days may be difficult and painful, but if you stick with it the rewards will be worth the effort.

One of my mottoes is, "Therapy isn't for wimps!".



So... are you ready?

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma survivors, PTSD, first responders

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Problems
  • First Responders
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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