Benu Lahiry, Therapist in Washington — Zencare
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Benu Lahiry

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Washington, California Accepting Online
Updated October 24, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Entrepreneur mental health
  • Career counseling
  • Existential crisis & challenges

Professional statement

Benu Lahiry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Seattle, WA. Her work is especially helpful for people who are functioning at a high level already, however feel overwhelmed by their anxiety, self-doubt, and low confidence. These clients generally don’t feel worthy of happiness, including the positive emotions that come with healthy relationships. Their blockage against feeling satisfied or comfortable can lead to high stress levels that exacerbate their mental health further. Benu also works with clients who would like to talk through work conflicts, trouble with intimacy, parenting challenges, and the unique dynamics that come with being an  interracial couple.

Benu practices many evidence-based therapy modalities to support the unique needs of her clients. She teaches clients how to become introspective and to reflect on their feelings, increasing their inner awareness. She also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which emphasizes the connection between thoughts, feeling, and actions. As part of solution-focused therapy, clients set their own goals for their mental health and Benu helps them reach these goals by breaking each goal down into smaller steps. Benu also encourages clients to consider how their early relationships, especially those with caregivers, shapes their current thoughts about relationships, love, and connection. When she works with couples, she gives them tools for healthy communication and teaches them how to be emotionally vulnerable around each other.

Benu is licensed as a Marriage and Family therapist in California and Washington. She is currently available for remote sessions only, and is available to see clients Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm PT.


Message to clients

I tailor my therapeutic approach to suit what makes you uniquely you. I like to explore how our pasts shape our current experience. I focus on our relationships, as our attachments often are a driving force in how we go about our daily lives. Oftentimes, these attachments go unexamined, causing or reinforcing behaviors that we find unhelpful or even damaging. Sometimes we all need help identifying those behaviors and their triggers, and finding solutions to better address them.

I want very much to hear your story, and help you identify and overcome challenges that impact your relationships and daily life. I offer a welcoming, safe, and judgment-free space where you can be your most honest self. I work hard to make sure my clients feel heard and supported. I will listen carefully to you and offer tailored perspectives and ideas to help you maximize your strengths, conquer obstacles, and live a happier life.

I was born and raised in Appalachia. I’ve lived in small towns and big cities on both coasts. I earned my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and my bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Prior to pursuing my Master’s, I co-founded a technology retail company in San Francisco. I experienced firsthand the unique highs and lows that come with intense responsibility and demands. I developed tools to cope with those pressures, and helped others find their own. Those experiences cemented my desire to become a therapist.


Specialties

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

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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Entrepreneur mental health - Processing through the emotional highs and lows of running a business; learning about one’s values and exploring how these values impact the decisions that one makes for the business

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Benu Lahiry 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 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $200

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Washington)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-5pm
  • Tue 9-5pm
  • Wed 9-5pm
  • Thu 9-5pm
  • Fri 10-3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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 9-5pm
  • Tue 9-5pm
  • Wed 9-5pm
  • Thu 9-5pm
  • Fri 10-3pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years



Licensure

Washington: 61171625

California: 131777


Languages

Bengali

English