Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions.
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Transgender & gender identity topics
LGBQIA and sexuality topics
Loss and grief
Benjamin Davis is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with an office in Midtown, Manhattan. As an expert in trans health and gender identity topics, his practice focuses on working with trans and nonbinary individuals navigating identity development, the emotional impact of coming out, relational trauma, and self-empowerment. Drawing from his extensive experience in a broad range of clinical settings, he has a deep understanding of the challenges many transgender individuals face and works closely with his clients to help them find peace and power in their unique identity.
In addition to traditional talk therapy, Benjamin offers art therapy to help ground clients in the present moment and access deep-seated emotions in the unconscious mind. He takes primarily a relational approach to help clients build confidence and break free from self-limiting patterns.
Having been involved in advocacy work on both a local and national level, Benjamin is passionate about promoting accessible and affirming care for those in the transgender and non-binary communities. His practice is conveniently accessible by the 23rd Street subway station and the East River Ferry Service.
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
LGBQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Art therapy – Using painting, drawing, modeling, and other creative means to explore feelings and resolve emotional conflicts
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Initial/ongoing sessions: $185/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $185 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Benjamin can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Looking for a therapist, and particularly a queer and trans affirming therapist, can be a difficult and often complex process. We want someone who will understand our needs and our background, help us grow and develop new skills, and who will support us in making sense of something that remains unsettling, perhaps years after a trauma or thought pattern first emerged. As an art therapist, I work verbally with clients as well as by incorporating multimodal creative art therapy approaches. Weekly therapy can unveil new understanding about behavioral and relational patterns, trust, intimacy, creative blocks, and past trauma. Collaboratively, in a safe therapeutic relationship, we can identify goals and find more manageable ways to cope. While the focus of my practice and orientation is gender affirming and non-pathologizing with regards to queer and transgender issues, I welcome individuals of all gender identities and orientations."
Treatment approachesArt TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Multicultural Feminist TherapyFounded on a worldview that accepts and appreciates diversity within and between groups of individuals and embraces a) transcultural interactions and learning, b) respect for the cohesive function of cultural traditions and rituals, c) freedom to be critical of cultural dictates, behaviors, and attitudes detrimental to individuals and institutions, and d) a human homogeny that assumes human beings have diverse and often conflicting identities and allegiances.
Strength-Based TherapyThrough strength-based therapy, the positive aspects of a client's character are highlighted rather than his or her weaknesses. It encourages patients to cultivate their interests, identify their strengths, and build upon them to reach goals and establish resilience. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2014 - Present
Ackerman Institute for the Family, 2014 - 2018
Callen Lorde Community Health Center, 2014 - 2017
Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2012 - 2014
Rainbow Heights Club, 2009 - 2013