Tampa Bay Psychology Associates is a private practice specializing in therapy and psychological testing.
Tampa Bay Psychology Associates was built on positive and solution-focused psychological principles which emphasize building the best things in an individual’s life, as well as repairing the worst. It is our belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, find what is best within themselves and fully enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. The goal is to make treatment accessible, approachable, and attainable because getting help is about promoting change in one’s life, not simply fixing what is broken.
“Psychology should be just as concerned with building strength as with repairing damages” – Martin Seligman
Meet Dr. Benson
Dr. Benson is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida. Dr. Benson has extensive experience in both psychotherapy and psychological testing, including educational, neurological, and forensic evaluations. Her patients range from 4 to 90 years in age, with an array of identified concerns. In therapy, Dr. Benson utilizes a variety of techniques to cater to the unique needs and histories of each individual, family, and couple. Therapy commonly integrates solution-focused and process-oriented interventions with the intention of creating a more balanced and meaningful sense of life and health.
Law Enforcement (LEOS)
Unique to her practice, Dr. Benson has a specialized background with Law Enforcement (LEOS) and First Responders, also referred to as “Police Psychology”.
Dr. Benson has worked closely with critical response teams in Broward County since 2010. These trainings included collaborative efforts with SWAT implementing hostage negotiation strategies. She has also completed organized trainings and certifications in Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefing though the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).
Psychoeducational evaluations incorporate psychological and academic instruments to identify or diagnose giftedness, mental retardation, Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, need for testing accommodations, and oppositional behavioral disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is marked by impairments in communication and social skills.
This area of assessment often includes highly sophisticated tests that measure deficits in cognitive functioning (i.e., your ability to think, speak, reason, remember, etc.). The most common neuropsychological batteries assess for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and general impairment following a stroke or brain injury.