Brandy Benson, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Founder of Tampa Bay Psychology Associates
Dr. Benson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the areas of psychological testing and therapy. She 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, positive psychology, and therapeutic life skills with the intention of creating a more balanced and meaningful sense of life and health.
Dr. Benson earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her clinical internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons where she worked with incarcerated men and women with serious mental illness. Prior to this, she completed formal trainings at the Family Violence Program, the Miami VA Healthcare System, and the Miami Federal Detention Center, as well as informal trainings in psychoeducational evaluations and pediatric therapy. Dr. Benson has engaged in outpatient practice since 2012, both in Fort Lauderdale/Miami and the Tampa/St. Petersburg areas .
Unique to her practice, Dr. Benson has a specialized background in Forensic and Police Psychology, including Critical Incident Stress Management, Critical Response training, and hostage negotiation trainings. She has engaged in substantial research with the Crimes Against Children Unit of the FBI, Miami Division and is well published in the field on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. She continues to research and publish in this area.
Special thanks to a very special mentor and friend, Mike Plasay, Ph.D.
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Molly, Therapy Dog
Molly is a special addition to Tampa Bay Psychology Associates. She is a rescued, Brittany Spaniel mix and certified therapy dog. She has worked with and helped children and adults with a wide array of presenting concerns, including: dementia, ASD, anxiety, depression, trauma processing, and behavioral issues. She contributes to a joyful and comfortable atmosphere in the office for both staff and clients. Molly is happy to participate in play therapy with children or provide emotional support when needed. Although just one component of treatment, Molly is receptive and responsive to everyone that comes into the office and her presence can enrich any therapy experience.