Benjamin Howard, MAEd, MACG, LPC (he/him)
Licensed Professional Counselor
Specialties: I have a particular passion for working with LGBTQIA+ clients to address concerns related to stress management, trauma, anxiety and depression, career counseling, sex counseling, and consensual nonmonogamy.
We all have needs. Sometimes they’re big, complicated needs like a feeling of belonging or sense of purpose. Sometimes needs are more basic like getting enough sleep or feeling safe where we live. Whenever we don’t get a need met, that creates unfinished business – needs that linger around. Too much unfinished business and we become fragmented, unable to effectively deal with our present because we’re so consumed about past needs or too worried about future ones. Using a foundation based on a combination of Gestalt Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, I help people define and address their needs.
Training & Background:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor serving clients remotely throughout Illinois. With nearly a decade of experience working with a diverse range of students and clients ages 14 and up, I have served as a college educator, academic advisor and career coach since 2011 and a mental health practitioner since 2018. I earned my MA in Counseling & Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and my MA in Education from the University of St. Mary.
I’m a huge nerd! Outside of my counseling work, I spend a lot of my free time gaming with friends and family, reading or watching sci-fi, and getting lost down Wikipedia rabbit-trails. I’ve also become a big fan of history YouTube. Self-care is important, so I also take regular walks and aspire to flexibility by practicing yoga.
Disclaimer: All licensed services provided under the full professional and clinical control of Dr. Jeana Lucarelli, MA, PsyD.
I am a registered mental health counselor intern in the State of Florida. I strive to provide a non-judgmental, empathic, and warm environment for those that might consider their sexuality or relationship status “different”. By different I mean, LGBTQAI+, being kinky, into BDSM, or non-monogamous, polyamorous, polyfidelity are all welcomed. You will be understood and accepted here. I also work heavily with the trans community, providing WPATH letters, and helping you to work on gender dysphoric symptoms. Don’t let a past poor experience with a therapist block what you need to work on.
I believe in a positive mindset can overcome any struggles you might have in your life. I can help change how you see yourself, your surroundings, and the world, so you can experience an amazing shift in your life. I would be honored to assist you in that process. I enjoy encouraging each person I come in contact with to realize their full potential.
I am a Master’s level Sex Positive Therapist and Sex Coach with extensive education and experience working with LGBTQ, Kink & Alt-Sex clients as well as sex addiction and chemical recovery. I use a trauma informed, nonjudgmental and strengths-based approach to help you achieve your goals for healthy relationships, positive change, healing, and personal growth. You will be provided a safe, supportive space for acceptance, exploration, and opening yourself to possibilities. Additionally, I welcome anyone who may have a history of sexual trauma, extreme play, and any general mental health.
Due to the sensitive nature of the needs in these populations, I have positioned myself to be available to anyone without fear of being reported.
I can be reached via email at email@example.com or by text/phone at 859.492.8509.