Jennifer  Benetato

Jennifer Benetato

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Certification - International Association of Yoga Therapists, C-IAYT

Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, R-DMT

Not accepting new clients in Flatiron District practice (updated January 19, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Integrative psychotherapy
  • Trauma
  • Substance use
  • Chronic illness
  • Mind-body wellness
  • Chronic pain

Professional statement

Jennifer Benetato is an integrative, mind-body-spirit oriented therapist in Flatiron, Manhattan. She specializes in trauma resolution and addiction recovery and also sees clients for depression, anxiety, pain management, and chronic illness. She is on the faculty of NYU's Silver School of Social Work and is a teaching assistant at The Upledger Institute for CranioSacral Therapy. Jen tends to see clients who have tried talk therapy in the past but have not reached a satisfactory resolution, and are seeking an integrative, holistic approach to healing.

Jennifer draws from evidence-based treatment approaches and is a trained practitioner in EMDR, Gestalt therapy, Reiki, CranioSacral therapy, and SomatoEmotional Release. Her craniosacral work combines talk therapy with hands-on techniques, designed to release tension in the mind and body. Furthermore, she is the founder of The AMBIKA Method™, a psycho-spiritual approach for personal transformation. In addition to being a a licensed clinical social worker, Jen is also a registered dance/movement therapist, licensed massage therapist, and certified yoga therapist.

Jennifer enjoys working with teenagers, young adults, college and graduate students, adults, and seniors. Her aim is to help clients recover from physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds by recognizing the strength of their minds and intelligence of their bodies. She is also licensed in Hawaii and offers remote video sessions for clients who live there.

Message to clients

Physical and emotional pain are your brilliant body's way of signaling for help. Listen carefully and she'll show you how to heal. I'll be here to support, guide, and encourage you each step of the way. As an integrative psychotherapist and holistic bodyworker, I challenge clients to move beyond their analytical minds and empower them to awaken to their native intelligence. Blending modern psychology with the timeless wisdom of ancient healing arts, we'll clear the 'issues in your tissues' so you can be free to lead the vital, exuberant life you were put here to live.
I've synthesized my training in dance/movement therapy, massage, yoga, EMDR, gestalt therapy, reiki, meditation, herbal medicine, and more into The AMBIKA Method®, the embodied psycho-spiritual approach to wellness I've spent the past decade developing.
In addition to seeing clients privately, I also teach group therapy, trauma resolution, human behavior, and clinical diagnosis to graduate students in the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, where I received my MSW. I also regularly lecture on mind-body-spirit approaches to emotional health at seminars and conferences.
Committing to self-development is a lifelong process. I'm available for regular weekly sessions, periodic deep dives, personal retreats, mini intensives, and I offer supervision for therapists.


Integrative psychotherapy - A holistic approach to psychotherapy that takes into account the wholeness of the individual to tailor treatment approaches used

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Substance use - Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships

Chronic illness - Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Mind-body wellness - A balance of physical, emotional and spiritual health involving changing thought patterns, nourishing the soul and challenging our bodies to impact quality of thought, self-esteem, and belief systems

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

General expertise


Jennifer Benetato 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: $275 (45min)
  • Ongoing session fee: $350 (75min)

Therapist's note

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


Flatiron District practice

1123 Broadway

Suite 315

New York, NY 10010

  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00am
  • Sat Varies
  • Sun Varies

Work and Education

New York University, Adjunct Faculty, 2016 - Present

Private Practice, 2007 - Present

Collective Primary Care Serving Freelancers' Union, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2012 - 2013

New York University, MSW in Social Work, 2009

The New School, BA in Urban Studies/Affairs, 2003


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Jen is incredibly kind and has a wonderful energy about her that you can immediately feel when you walk into her office and are in her presence. She takes great care in making you feel comfortable and working at your pace. By the end of the session, I felt so well taken care of and could not have asked for a better experience. I recommend her for both reiki (she has a lovely heat mat that you have to try!) and psychotherapy. I want to try the other modalities she offers! She is set up with secure electronic intakes and appointment scheduling, which is great and easy to use. Thank you for a wonderful session, Jen! :)