Benjamin White, LCSW, CGP
I find that therapists are more effective if they aren't just therapists, and that my 10 years in professional outdoor leadership and education prior to my clinical career lends an air of humanity to my practice. As a college administrator, I witnessed first-hand the complex and varied needs of the student body, and my time in that profession led me pursue training to practice psychotherapy. My undergraduate work focused on self-psychology at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and I pursued clinical training through the tradition of Clinical Social Work at Smith College, where I completed clinical placements at Bennington College's Psychological Services and the Brattleboro Retreat's Adolescent Residential program. I've since been in practice in Boulder County, spending time addressing the complex needs of teens, young adults and families in residential therapeutic schools and young-adult transitional programs. I have maintained my practice from a home office in the Old Town neighborhood in Lafayette since 2013.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in good standing in both Colorado (CSW.09924471) and Montana (BBH-LCSW-LIC-19473). I am also a Certified Group Psychotherapist, a designation granted by a committee of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, indicating advanced specialization in group therapy.
I'm particularly interested in the evolving fields of neurobiology, trauma and attachment—how relationships throughout the life-course influence the development of emotion and personality. My assumption about therapy is that the most growth and change can emerge via explorations of our relationships, and that as people, we are fundamentally oriented toward connection, and that a great deal of suffering and symptoms can be addressed from uncovering and resolving barriers to fulfilling human connection.
I also offer consultation for individuals and groups engaged with sustainability and climate change work through my venture, The Climate Within, which is dedicated to the psychological components of relating to 'nature' and human sustainability within the environment.
I'm a member of the following professional associations:
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Clinical Member and Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
- Division 39 of the American Psychological Association
- American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)
- Climate Psychology Alliance
More information about my therapeutic perspective can be found under the "Therapeutic Services" tab. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (970)281-7727.