Forest Benedict (he/him/his)

Accepting Clients

I provide online therapy throughout California, helping people heal from religious trauma, sexual shame, and C-PTSD, primarily using IFS.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

  • Individual
  • Group

About My Clients

My clients are individuals who are doubting, questioning, deconstructing, deconverting, and/or recovering from religion. They are people seeking compassionate, evidence-based support to help them heal trauma related to adverse religious experiences. They seek skills and support in self-discovery, self-connection, and self-expression.

My Background and Approach

I know from personal experience how disorienting and difficult it is to question long-held beliefs, leave a faith community, heal religious trauma/shame, and find ones own way outside of religion. Knowing all experiences are unique, I offer curiosity and compassion, seeking to understand the experiences of my clients. I use Internal Family Systems to help clients heal trauma and sexual shame, connect with themselves with compassion, reunite with parts of themselves they rejected to belong in religious institutions/families, reconnect with their body, and learn to love themselves. I am Level 1 & 2 trained in IFS and working on a certification in Religious Trauma Studies.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe in the worth and inclusion of all people. I support the LGBTQ+ community and Black Lives Matter. I am passionate about my own healing. I am a fan of psychedelic-assisted therapy and, while I do not provide it, I can support its integration.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 15 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $225 - 225/session


Email Forest
Online throughout California
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Online throughout California
Atherton, CA 94027

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