James  Benton

James Benton

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for weekend appointments in Murray Hill practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Substance use
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Career counseling
  • Medical professional's mental health
  • Psychological evaluation & testing

Professional statement

Dr. James Benton is a Clinical Psychologist at Wholeview Wellness, an outpatient addiction treatment center in Midtown Manhattan. Dr. Benton specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, and he also works with clients for concerns including anxiety, depression, and tending to one’s mental health as a medical professional.

Dr. Benton provides evidence-based, client-centered care, drawing from his expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to provide clients with self-help tools that result in positive behavioral changes. Additionally, with his background as management consultant and business executive, Dr. Benton is uniquely poised to help clients who are navigating such topics as career and work stress.

Dr. Benton has over 25 years of experience, and received his doctoral degree from the City University of New York, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He looks forward to working with you.

Message to clients

We all experience situations we cannot control, behaviors that are hard to change, and intense emotions. These can be triggers for behaviors (e.g., substance use, isolation, conflict) that reduce our ability to function effectively. This interferes with our ability to engage with what we care about such as family, friends, work, and self-care. As a result we become stuck in a cycle of negative behavior that makes it harder and harder to achieve what we want in life. I work with clients in a supportive, non-judgmental manner to explore the triggers (thoughts, emotions, memories, physical pain) for these behaviors and develop willingness to commit to actions that are consistent with your values and personal goals.


Substance use - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Medical professional's mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Psychological evaluation & testing - An in-depth way of understanding and measuring behavior and personality


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


James Benton is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $300

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Murray Hill practice

369 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10016


  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Brattleboro Retreat, 2019-Present, 2012-2017
Montefiore Medical Center, 2017-2019
UMass Amherst Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, 2009-2012
Accenture, 1995-2009
Small Business Owner, 1991-1995
City University of NY, Ph.D. Industrial & Organizational Psychology, 1991
Union College, BS, 1982



Therapy Groups

James  Benton
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Use

This weekly group utilizes acceptance and commitment therapy to help participants explore the triggers that lead to avoidant behaviors and develop the willingness to act in a way in-line with personal values and goals.