Brandy Benson, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Founder of Tampa Bay Psychology Associates
Dr. Benson is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida specializing in the areas of psychological testing and therapy. 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, 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 providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention, substance abuse and trauma treatment, group and individual therapy for a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns, and medication management. Prior to this, she completed formal trainings at the Family Violence Program, the Miami VA Healthcare System, and the Miami Federal Detention Center. Dr. Benson has also engaged in outpatient practice over the past 4 years at Psychological Testing Associates in the local South Florida region conducting psychoeducational evaluations and pediatric therapy.
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 was published as lead author on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. She continues to research and publish in this field.
Special thanks to a very special mentor and friend, Mike Plasay, Ph.D.