Kimberly  Benchsky

Kimberly Benchsky

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients in Cranston practice (updated November 04, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Life changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Couples counseling
  • Empty nest syndrome
  • Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood
  • Adjusting to motherhood

Professional statement

Kimberly Benchsky is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cranston, Rhode Island, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. She also sees individuals for grief, family conflicts, and life changes, such as becoming a new mother, empty nest syndrome, and transitions from adolescent to adulthood. Kim sees clients of all age groups, from young children through seniors.

Kim is particularly passionate about supporting children and adults on the spectrum. Her trainings have focused on working at children's hospitals, and she completed her graduate school education at Kings College in London where she worked with experts on ASD. She supports individuals on the spectrum through social skills, family interactions, and sensory difficulties.

She also enjoys supporting new mothers who are struggling with the adjustment to motherhood, inspired by her personal experience parenting two young children.

Kim's primary approach to treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she also draws from occupational therapy skills in her practice. She bases her sessions wherever most comfortable for her client, including using the play therapy room at her office, going for walks outside, meeting her clients in the community, or offering remote video sessions.


Message to clients

Sometimes life presents us with challenges that are too overwhelming to navigate on our own. This is when therapy may be helpful. Hello, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 10 years of experience working with children ages 2 years old through adulthood. I have extensive experience supporting individuals with anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorder, depression/postpartum depression, grief, trauma, social skills, coping skills, sibling conflict, family interactions, and sensory difficulties. I also have a specialty in assisting clients with autism spectrum disorders. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings.


Specialties

Autism Spectrum Disorder - Social skills, family interactions, and sensory difficulties; emotion regulation, particularly among children, teens, and young adults; family relationships and working as a family through any challenges

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

ADD/ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges

Life changes - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

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

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Empty nest syndrome - Working with parents and families when children leave the house; developing coping mechanisms and self-care strategies

Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood - Specialized strategies for common issues of young and emerging adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Adjusting to motherhood - Becoming a new mother; peripartum anxiety and depression


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $65 - $100
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Cranston practice

2220 Plainfield Pike

#5

Cranston, RI 02921

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-11:00am
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2016 - Present

Gateway Healthcare, 2010 - 2017

Bradley Hospital, 2007 - 2009

King's College London, MSc, 2010

Emmanuel College, BA, 2007


Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese

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