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Melissa Benzaquen Psychotherapy, LMHC

Melissa Benzaquen is a bilingual, Venezuelan, and licensed mental health counselor who provides psychotherapy for adults, teenagers, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, transitions, and relationship issues. She offers clients a strong support system where she listens to their obstacles and proposes evidence-based strategies to forge the best path to their success.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Marriage and Partnerships
  • Domestic Abuse and Violence
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • Florida
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“I create an environment where my clients feel completely comfortable opening up about their life experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I had to leave Venezuela, my country of origin, when I was nineteen-years-old because of the political situation there. In my twenties, I lived in Israel and Argentina before eventually settling in the United States. It was difficult to start my life anew in different places. I dealt with occasional loneliness and uncertainty while navigating new cities, making friends, and searching for a life partner. These experiences inspired me to pursue a career as a mental health counselor because I can empathize with individuals who are struggling with anxiety and depression and facing major life transitions. I have diverse clinical experiences and have worked with adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. I help clients face life challenges, including interpersonal and relationship issues, by providing unconditional support.
What should someone know about working with you?
I create an environment where my clients feel completely comfortable opening up about their life experiences. I am a warm, charismatic person and I pride myself on my ability to build rapport with clients. In the intake consultation, I get to know the client, their challenges, and their goals for our sessions together. I periodically check in with the client to assess how the therapy is helping them approach life stressors. I know that therapy has been transformative for the client when he or she takes the skills and strategies we have discussed and puts them into practice in day-to-day life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the rise of telehealth because it makes therapy more accessible to clients. It is now easier for individuals to access high-quality mental health counseling on their own schedule even if they work or have childcare responsibilities.
“I am a warm, charismatic person and I pride myself on my ability to build rapport with clients.”
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