Jessica Benton, LCSW

(she/her)

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

Online Therapy

About Me

If you are feeling stuck with chronic depression, intense emotions, repeated relationship problems, or replaying past traumas, I can help assist you in moving forward toward deep healing and transformation. Meaningful change happens at the mind-body intersect, where more profound, lasting change and healing can occur. I also enjoy working with therapists as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. I help therapists integrate current treatment approaches with EMDR. I specialize in modifications to EMDR Standard Protocol in cases of complex attachment trauma and dissociation.

Education & Experience

2006 Master of Social Work, Salem State University. Since 2006, clinical experience has guided my pursuit of continued education and training as I witnessed the complex issues people were facing and the various ways mental health treatment was failing them. Many clients were overwhelmed with their feelings and exhausted with circular methods of changing thoughts and behaviors. A different approach was necessary where traditional talk therapy was insufficient. I completed my EMDR Basic Training in 2009 and my EMDRIA Certification in 2019. I then completed additional trainings in EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping). Working with a diverse range of clients over the years has given me a deep understanding and sensitivity to the unique needs which arise with different types of trauma, from single incident to chronic/complex trauma. I have found a flexible, integrative approach offers a profound yet gentle method of healing in therapy. I am currently in my second year of the three year Somatic Experiencing™ training program.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Highmark

UPMC, Optum/UnitedHealth