Claudia DiBenedetto, MS, LAC

Licensed Associate Counselor

Claudia DiBenedetto, a devoted Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), has a rich educational background and extensive expertise. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Childhood Studies and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in play therapy/children and families, Claudia is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of the developing child.

Specializing in working with children and adolescents, Claudia focuses on a diverse range of issues, including anxiety disorders, frustration intolerance, depression, body image issues, impulsivity, life transitions, oppositional behavior, and trauma. Her commitment extends to assisting parents in navigating these challenges at home, fostering a holistic approach to therapy.

Claudia is currently on the path to obtaining her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) certification, showcasing her dedication to utilizing innovative methods in her practice. Her strong background in early childhood development enables her to address the distinct needs of her young clients, particularly in treating severe trauma.

What sets Claudia apart is her unwavering belief in the importance of building trusting relationships with clients of all ages. Creating a relaxed and judgment-free environment is central to her practice, fostering a safe space for effective exploration of feelings and positive change. Claudia understands that this approach is key to establishing a strong therapeutic alliance, forming the bedrock for successful counseling outcomes.

Claudia’s passion for helping children and families navigate the complexities of mental health shines through, making Claudia DiBenedetto a compassionate and skilled clinician committed to making a positive impact on the well-being of her clients, especially young children learning to self-regulate, identify and articulate their emotions, and communicate effectively.

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Arts – Monmouth University

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Monmouth University

Claudia has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Academic Stressors
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Impulse Control
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Performance Difficulties
  • Peer Related Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Skills 

Claudia is highly skilled and knowledgeable in a variety of modalities that include but are not limited to:

  • Child Centered Play Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy