“I believe individuals have a beautiful, innate power to engage in their own healing journey after trauma. I aim to work with folks collaboratively and honor their expertise and strength.”
Benny specializes in working with adolescent and adult survivors of sexual and power-based violence. She has experience working with self-harm, suicide, and those who’ve lost loved ones to suicide.
Benny infuses mind and body approaches along with an intersectional lens while honoring each individual’s needs. She is able to provide therapy in English and Spanish and honors cultural and other intersecting identities.
In addition to working at The Viva Center, Benny is a contract Trauma Therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center. Benny has also facilitated support and psycho-educational groups for survivors of power-based violence as well as for secondary survivors in both English and Spanish.
Prior to providing therapy, Benny worked on prevention education and training. She also provided hospital advocacy to sexual assault survivors and case management to survivors of other crimes.
Benny has also worked at RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) on their telephone and chat hotline. Prior to moving to DC, Benny worked at a domestic violence shelter as a bilingual case manager and helped staff a suicide help line on her college campus.
Benny received her Masters in Social Worker from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and her BA in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.
To reach Benny, email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.