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Ben Esch(He/Him/His)

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Anxiety - Life transitions-Parenting- Relationship issues-Creative blocks & writer's block-Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy -
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Professional statement

Ben Esch is a therapist who specializes in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, psychedelic integration, childhood anxiety and OCD (both working with children as well as their parents), couples therapy, and creative challenges.

Ben utilizes a strengths-based, solution-focused, and research-informed approach to his work, which emphasizes the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. Ben works with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

In addition to earning his MMFT at Phillips Graduate University, and training at the California Family Counseling Center, Ben has pursued further education through training in Brainspotting (Level 1), Gottman method (level 1), Prepare-Enrich (certified facilitator), and Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) by Dr. Eli Lebowitz from the Yale Child Study Center.

Ben is currently enrolled in the Integrative Psychiatry Institute's year-long certification in psychedelic-assisted therapy, and has received further training and certification in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy through Journey Clinical and Fluence.

Prior to becoming a therapist, Ben was a published author and journalist.

Ben sees clients in-person in Pasadena, and throughout the state of California on telehealth.

Ben Esch is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #133743

For talk therapy, Ben is supervised by Nick Bognar, LMFT #99915

For ketamine-assisted therapy and psychedelic integration, Ben is supervised by Lisa Bohacek, LMFT #124029

Message to clients

Treatment-resistant depression. Unprocessed trauma. Failing relationships. Overwhelming anxiety. Loss of purpose.

These words may look intense on the page, but if you are experiencing them yourself, then you know exactly how devastating they can be for you, your relationships, and your happiness.

If you recognized yourself in that first line, or if you're just curious about how therapy can benefit you or your loved ones, then I invite you to reach out to me, so we can discuss you, your reasons for seeking therapy, and whether we are a good fit to work together.

I have received additional training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Prepare/Enrich premarital therapy, and SPACE (for childhood anxiety, ARFID, and Failure to Launch).

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 2 years

Brainspotting, Level 1, 2023
SPACE, Training, 2023
Gottman Method, Level 1, 2022
Phillips Graduate University, MMFT, 2022
Prepare-Enrich , Facilitator, 2021
UC Berkeley, BA, 2005


California: 133743




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Creative blocks & writer's block - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and fuel creativity

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy - Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between client, therapist, and medical provider, and utilizes Ketamine in conjunction with therapy to address conditions such as treatment-resistant depression.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Ben Esch is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$250 (75min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
Therapist's note

I offer a free consultation session on the phone or Zoom prior to starting therapy to see if we're a good fit to work together, or if I can refer you to one of my trusted colleagues.

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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