Benjamin  Davis

Benjamin Davis

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Accepting new clients for morning, evening, & daytime appointments in Flatiron District practice (updated November 13, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Transgender & gender identity topics
  • LGBQIA and sexuality topics
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Art therapy
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief

Professional statement

Benjamin Davis is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with an office near the Flatiron District in New York City. As an expert in trans health and gender identity topics, his practice focuses on working with trans and nonbinary individuals navigating identity development, the emotional impact of coming out, relational trauma, and self-empowerment. Drawing from his extensive experience in a broad range of clinical settings, he has a deep understanding of the challenges many transgender individuals face and works closely with his clients to help them find peace and power in their unique identity.

In addition to traditional talk therapy, Benjamin offers art therapy to help ground clients in the present moment and access deep-seated emotions in the unconscious mind. He takes primarily a relational approach to help clients build confidence and break free from self-limiting patterns.

Having been involved in advocacy work on both a local and national level, Benjamin is passionate about promoting accessible and affirming care for those in the transgender and non-binary communities. His practice is conveniently accessible by the 23rd Street subway station and the East River Ferry Service.


Message to clients

Looking for a therapist, and particularly a queer and trans affirming therapist, can be a difficult and often complex process. We want someone who will understand our needs and our background, help us grow and develop new skills, and who will support us in making sense of something that remains unsettling, perhaps years after a trauma or thought pattern first emerged. As an art therapist, I work verbally with clients as well as by incorporating multimodal creative art therapy approaches. Weekly therapy can unveil new understanding about behavioral and relational patterns, trust, intimacy, creative blocks, and past trauma. Collaboratively, in a safe therapeutic relationship, we can identify goals and find more manageable ways to cope. While the focus of my practice and orientation is gender affirming and non-pathologizing with regards to queer and transgender issues, I welcome individuals of all gender identities and orientations.


Specialties

Transgender & gender identity topics - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

LGBQIA and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

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

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Art therapy - Using painting, drawing, modeling, and other creative means to explore feelings and resolve emotional conflicts

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

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (45min)

Therapist's note

Benjamin can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Flatiron District practice

125 East 23rd Street

Suite 500 #11

New York, NY 10010

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2014 - Present

Ackerman Institute for the Family, 2014 - 2018

Callen Lorde Community Health Center, 2014 - 2017

Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2012 - 2014

Rainbow Heights Club, 2009 - 2013


Languages

  • English

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