About Cynthia Benedict, MA., LMHC

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I have lived in Central Florida for most of my life married to the father of my three grown children.  I can credit my children with pointing out the need for parenting skills.  Thankfully, I can say they are all wonderful young adults now.  But it was not so easy when they were young.  I remember asking the pediatricican for guidance with behavioral issues.  He responded, “Oh, you are a good mother.  Just go shopping at Albertson’s.  They are open all night.”  That was NOT want I needed to hear to manage a tantruming child, demanding everything they saw.

I wish I knew then what I know now.  But I CAN help you.I do see myself as a child advocate because as I said before the problem is NOT the child.  It is the problem BEHAVIOR.

With my varied life experience and professional expertise, it is easy for me to be non-judgemental and empathic.  It is very rare for a client to present with an issue I, myself, have not been forced to deal with in my own life. We are all human.  You should know that I am a GATOR fan but I am accepting of FSU fans as well!!

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor experienced in Child, Teen and Adult Counseling.  Therapy is provided to Individuals, Familes and Couplesin my convenient private office located at the intersection of I-4 and West SR 434. I work with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues utilyzing cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapy. In a suppportive and comfortable setting, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client’s individual needs to attain the personal growth they are striving for.  I am a GREAT problem solver and I would be honored to be your private counselor!

  • Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused Therapy. Most issues resolved in 8-10 sessions
  • Former Executive Director of Behavioral Health Agency. I have experience with clients of all ages; backgrounds, and therapy issues.
  • I am a warm and supportive therapist. If you don’t feel comfortable then I am not the right counselor for you.
  • I do not specialize in people with your exact problem. Everyone is different. Treatment is CUSTOMIZED not STANDARDIZED.
  • As a mother of 3 grown children, I do not pathologize children. The “problem” is the problem.
  • 85% of successful change can be attributed to the relationship between counselor and client. It is the MOST important piece.
  • Licensed Board Certified Mental Health Counselor
  • Florida Qualified Supervisor
  • Distinguished Graduate Webster University in STL
  • Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling

With over 20 years experience as a mental health counselor and therapist, my goal is to provide support and practical feedback to assist my clients build on their strengths and learn new strategies to resolve issues and effectively address life’s challenges such as:

  • Depression Therapy
  • Counseling for Anxiety
  • Child Therapy
  • Teen Counseling
  • Oppositional Behaviors
  • Adjustment Counseling
  • Therapy for Anger Management
  • Counseling for Stress Relief
  • Grief Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Counseling for Conflict Resolution
  • Work and Career Guidance
  • ADHD Screening and Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Divorce Adjustment Counseling for Children and Adults
  • Women’s and Men’s Counseling
  • GLBT and Alternative Life Styles Therapy

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Rates and Insurance

$125 Intake Session, $100 Subsequent Sessions

While I continue to participate with a few insurance companies, as a private provider it became necessary for me to move to alternative forms of payment.  Before you decide to use insurance for behavioral health counseling, here are some things to consider:

Insurance REQUIRES a diagnosis that remains with you for the rest of your life and may have negative impact on such things as life insurance.

Normal grief, parenting, and relationship therapy are examples of issues that are NOT covered by insurance.  Therefore, your therapist is REQUIRED to give someone a mental health diagnosis in order to be paid.

Lack of Privacy – Insurance companies have the RIGHT TO REVIEW your therapist’s notes at any time.

OPTION:  Pay for your session and submit a receipt for reimbursement.  If you do plan on using insurance, please confirm eligibility, copay, yearly deductible and that I am an approved provider.  Do NOT rely on online information or member handbooks.  The information is frequently outdated and unreliable.


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Cancellation or No Show Policy

With the exception of an emergency, please give office the courtesy of 24 hours notice for appointments you will not be able to keep.  Cancellations or reschedules with less than 24 hours notice are subject to a $40 fee which must be paid prior to rescheduling.

Two no show/no call, I will recommend another therapist that will meet your needs.

I do try to work with everyone, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Common Questions

Therapists provide a supportive and nonjudgemental setting for an individual working through challenges in life. They provide guidance, advice, and insight, as well as, teach positive coping skills for empowerment.

 Therapy provides insight and self-awareness,  Insight and self-awareness are the first steps towards growth and positive change.

Generally, I use a problem-solving approach. “Let’s see what can be done to change whatever problem brought you to seek therapy.Sessions and strategies are personalized for each client. Therapy is interactive and last from 50 to 60 minutes. I am NOT a “How does that make you feel?” counselor. Sessions are scheduled according to client availability and normally within 7 days or sooner.

Medication can be of enormouse benefit under certain conditions and is complementary to therapy. However, medication alone does not develop and individual’s ability to learn and effectively use positive coping skills.


What Clients Are Saying

Confidentiality and Privacy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist (counselor).  Information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions Include:

  • Suspected child abuse or a dependant adult which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I must notify the police and the intended victim

  • If a client intends to harm him or her self.  I will make every effort to enlist client cooperation ensuring their safety,  However if client does not cooperate, I must take further measures without their permission, that are provided to me by law.

  • If a JUDGE issues a supenoa but not a lawyer.

  • This One Is Important.  Remember that if you are using insurance, they have a write to request information and/or review all documents including therapist’s progress notes.  If audited, your entire file is subject to review.  If not using insurance, your privacy is guaranteed by law except for the exceptions above.

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