I am Ann Bohr Benner, LCSW. I like to work with adults of all ages who are dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and/or grief.
We start with and come back to client goals. I think holistically about people who are in distress. Sleep, diet, relaxation, exercise, social support, and spiritual life all can contribute to change. Then self-awareness, insight, and intentional behavior change are important. I endeavor to create a safe space in which each person can be exactly where they are, and eventually, the natural inclination to heal and grow can flourish.
I work with people who have depression, anxiety or are struggling with loss and/or change. I work with people who are dealing with the fallout from trauma.
My communication style
I work at creating a supportive environment that allows people to safely experience difficult feelings and identify who they are and want to be. I can be gently accepting as well as clear about keeping on task.
My journey to therapy
I first identified an interest in differences in people and culture when I chose an undergraduate major in anthropology. I went to social work school out of a desire for social progress. I've done community social work, community organizing, medical social work, and worked at a family counseling agency. I worked in mental health to empower people to take charge of their own recoveries after facilitating my own recovery. I am deeply investing in work as a therapist now, as I get to integrate this range of work experience as well as much life experience.
My goals for you
Our work is centered on client goals. We periodically come back to and re-evaluate goals, since these can change with time and experience.
My first session with you
In the first session, I will want to hear why you decided to pursue therapy, and I will talk with you about what to expect from me. I will ask you some questions about your history, as appropriate. We will work out a schedule for a meeting.