We all experience situations we cannot control, behaviors that are hard to change, and intense emotions. These can be triggers for behaviors (such as substance use or isolation) that reduce our ability to function effectively. This interferes with our ability to engage with people and things 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.
This group explores the triggers (thoughts, emotions, memories, physical pain) for avoidant behaviors and the development of willingness to commit to actions that are consistent with our values and personal goals. The group utilizes exercises, discussions, personal examples, and homework assignments to support group members in the development of greater willingness to engage in committed actions and the achievement of their goals.
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.