Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel, LMFT

Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel, LMFT

In my teens and early 20s, I knew that I wanted to work with people but wasn’t sure exactly how that would look. After finishing college at Santa Clara University, I did a year of volunteer work, at least in part because I hoped it would give me the time to find a professional direction. This year was extremely difficult, and I faced personal challenges. After trying to figure things out on my own, I realized I needed a counselor’s help. Not only did I feel happier and more satisfied with my life, but I was thrilled to recognize that I’d found my career path. I also realized that I needed more life experiences before entering graduate school, so I taught middle school for two years and then entered the graduate program at Pepperdine University.

The road to licensure was long, but it provided me with the opportunity to gain experience counseling in a variety of settings. I’ve worked in several elementary and high schools and community counseling agencies, which have provided me with the opportunity to help people with diverse issues and receive guidance and training from a number of extraordinary therapists. I worked for several years with adolescents and adults who were court-mandated to attend counseling, after committing sexual offenses. Although I’ve moved away from working with sex-offenders, I recognize that working with such challenging individuals provided me with invaluable experience and the confidence to help others face their most challenging issues.

One thing I’ve realized as a therapist is that we all need to seek balance in our lives, or it’s difficult to feel happy and satisfied. So when I’m not working, I seek balance through spending time with my family and friends. I love to cook, read, exercise, and be outside. I know that when I do these things I feel energized and ready to be the best therapist I can be.

Having been someone who has gone through therapy, I know how difficult it can be to find the right therapist. My hope is that by contacting me you’ll feel comfortable and ready to begin the counseling journey.

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