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Alice Benton is a bilingual (English and Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual, couples, family, and group therapy, and maintains a private practice in Costa Mesa, CA.

With over 14 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Arogsy University, PsyD, and the University of St. Thomas, BA, specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, immigration, family separation and reunification, boundaries, attachment disorders, infidelity, anxiety disorders, depression, spiritual conflict, family conflict, marital conflict, communication, and faith-based Christian counseling.

Alice feels honored and lucky to be a cohost on New Life radio, especially in being able to serve the listeners and to work work with her professional mentors who have deeply influenced her work including Steve Arterburn, John Townsend, Henry Cloud, Sheri Keffer, Milan Yerkovich, Jill Hubbard and Chris Williams. Their books have heavily guided how Alice practices therapy. 

Alice is a proactive and directive therapist who focuses on emotions and attachment. Her therapeutic approach is to provide acceptance, support, direct feedback and challenge within the safety of the therapeutic relationship in order to strengthen current abilities and coping skills and to identify and overcome obstacles to healing and growth. Alice belives that all humans are broken and in need of recovery and that God has provided the tools and path to facilitate life changing and miraculous healing. Alice takes this belief to heart and continues to work on her own healing by participating in a weekly support group, ongoing individual therapy, and weekly accountability phone calls knowing that her own growth directly impacts her work as a therapist.

EDUCATION:

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology

Argosy University, 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121. APA Approved Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program. Date Awarded:  August 26th, 2008

           

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology

University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Graduated Magna Cum Laude. Bush Grant Recipient. Date Awarded:  May, 2003

 

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE:

September 2011 to Present Director of Training Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero. 123 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057. Responsibilities: Providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy in Spanish and English. Identifying diagnoses, and developing treatment plans, conducting assessments, providing crisis intervention, providing supervision and training to undergraduate and graduate level interns and trainees.

September 2011 to April 2017 Director of Mental Health Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero. 123 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057. Responsibilities: Providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy in Spanish and English. Identifying diagnoses, and developing treatment plans, conducting assessments, providing crisis intervention, providing supervision and training to undergraduate and graduate level interns and trainees. Developing, balancing, and maintaining the department budget. Integrating faith and therapy in group and individual therapy and in intern training program.

October 2013 to Present Adjunct Faculty Mount St. Mary’s College, MFT Graduate Program, ¡Enlaces! Doheny Campus 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007 Telephone: Classes: Couples Counseling, Family Counseling. Conducted in Spanish and focusing on faith integration in providing therapy.

August 2010 to August 2011 Clinical Supervisor Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. 18646 Oxnard St. Tarzana, CA 91356. Clinical supervision of inpatient residential program of 40+ patients, supervision of four chemical dependency counselors, multi-family group therapy, Seeking Safety group therapy, individual therapy for Federal Probation patients, crisis intervention, risk evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.

August 2009 to August 2010 Family Therapist Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. 18646 Oxnard St. Tarzana, CA 91356. Provided multi-family group therapy to residential patients and their families, individual and family therapy for Federal Probation patients, crisis intervention, risk evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.

August 2008 to August 2009 Post-Doctoral Fellow Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. 18646 Oxnard St. Tarzana, CA 91356. Responsibilities: Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Diagnosis, Risk Evaluation for patients in the detoxification and residential wards.

June 2006 to July 2007 Bilingual Case Specialist Behavioral Interventions, Inc. 7850 Metro Pkwy., Suite 203, Bloomington, MN 55425. Responsibilities: Case management of 35-40 cases of undocumented immigrants who are scheduled for court hearings with the Immigration Court. Duties include assessment of risk behavior and the risk of absconding, assessment of needs and subsequent referrals, development of a departure plan, acquisition of travel documents, translation, intense supervision of court appearances.

April 2003 to June 2005 Family Worker and Case Manager La Familia Guidance Center, Inc.  155 S. Wabasha Street, St. Paul, MN 55107. Responsibilities:  Individual, family, and group therapy, life skills, in-home bilingual therapy, budget management, filming experience, grant proposal writing, theater directing (drama therapy), movie producing and editing, parent education, crisis intervention, translation work (Spanish-English), Children’s Therapeutic Support Services Certification, bilingual therapy (Spanish-English).

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