Master's Level Intern
Supervised by Pallavi Sharma, LPC
Get to know Ben
Benjamin Martinez (he/him) loves to create a comfortable and creative space for teens and adults to explore solutions for life's issues. He endeavors to help people develop a healthier way of being themselves. Through listening, talking, and other activities, he helps facilitate a process of self-discovery and self-determination. Ben is passionate about assisting people in clarifying their values, creating goals for change, and discovering their power and resources.
With an eclectic blend of practices, Ben centers his work on cognitive behavioral therapy to help people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues. With 30 years of ministry experience, Ben can help individuals who want to incorporate spiritual resources into their process. His church ministry has included worship, small groups, pastoral, and membership classes. He can also help those who have been hurt by their religious backgrounds.
Ultimately, the most important thing for Ben is building a relational connection where people can feel safe to be themselves and work through positive life changes. Ben is pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was inspired to enter this field after spending many years in management, ministry, and training positions. His compassion for people at work, church, and in his neighborhood led him to move into this helping profession. He also has a Master of Arts in Theology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.
He has lived in multiple states where he has learned how to connect with and be an ally to all types of people. He loves singing, watching movies, playing board games, and spending quality time with his wife and two children. He also loves drinking too much coffee and laughing with friends.