Benedicte  Last
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Benedicte Last

Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Updated November 18, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Parenting

Professional statement

Dr. Benedicte Last (Dr. Bee) is a Licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in children, adolescents and young adults who are experiencing emotional, learning and/or social difficulties, caused by long term illness, learning disabilities, autism, trauma, grief or upheaval in their lives. With her clients, she will make an inventory of what would need to be changed to improve the quality of their lives, to maintain friendships, to get learning needs met, and to process past and/or present events.

Healing happens through our relationships, our talk and play. Therefore, in her sessions, Dr. Bee combines a playful approach with building strength through insight. Furthermore she uses whatever it takes to foster healing: talk, art, and play therapy, meditation and calming strategies, social skill building and role play, processing feelings and past trauma, and if needed (and with permission) talking to teachers and supporting parents.

With many years of experience as a clinical school counselor, Dr. Bee knows the ins and outs of schools, IEPs, social interaction in schools, and the stress that children and teenagers go through when “something is different”. She also knows that a little insight, combined with support, can go a long way in alleviating anxiety. As a meditation teacher she has special awareness of the healing of mind-body connection, and brings simple and effective mindfulness tools to sessions for clients to manage feelings, emotions, thinking and behavior. In one session we could play with legos, discuss teachers and friendships, role-play a variety of social interactions, draw, visualize life as the client would like it to be, and figure out steps towards this goal.

Dr. Bee welcomes children of all ages who are seeking to heal through play, insight, and imagination. As an experienced tele-mental health practitioner she offers the convenience of remote sessions.


Message to clients

Life can be a struggle. School or work always seems to be harder than it should be. You may not have the words to say what is going on, but you are often anxious, alone, or angry, or seem to get in trouble. You feel stuck, and want life to get better.

I promise you that we can navigate the road together to make life happier and more successful. Together we can find the words to say what is going on, we can play it, draw it or visualize it. Then we can start to build what you want and what you need.

Maybe you want to think more kindly about yourself. Maybe you want to make (good) friends. Maybe you want to know why people behave the way they do, or maybe you want to learn to ask for what you really need (I could help negotiate). Maybe, what you (and everybody else) thought was a learning disability, is in fact a superpower. Or maybe, just maybe, you need a safe place where somebody just listens.

I have helped so many children, teenagers and adults to build a happier life.

Let me help you too.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

Benedicte Last is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (50min)

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8 am-7pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8 am -4 Pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Rocketship Schools, Mental Health provider, 2018 - 2021
A is for Apple, Clinical Director, 2016 - 2018
CDM/CCSG, Meditation teacher, 1995 - 2018
Star Vista, Mental Health Provider, 2013 - 2016
Transitional Program, Mental Health Provider, 2011 - 2013
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, Therapeutic Horse riding Instructor, 2001 - 2006

California Institute for Integral Studies, Clinical Psychology, 2016
John F. Kennedy University, BA in Psychology, 2009
CDM, Minister training, 1995
CDM, Meditation teacher, 1995


Licensure

California: PSY30089


Languages

Dutch & Flemish

English