Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Empty nest syndrome
Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood
Kimberly Benchsky is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cranston, Rhode Island, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. She also sees individuals for grief, family conflicts, and life changes, such as becoming a new mother, empty nest syndrome, and transitions from adolescent to adulthood. Kim sees clients of all age groups, from young children through seniors.
Kim is particularly passionate about supporting children and adults on the spectrum. Her trainings have focused on working at children's hospitals, and she completed her graduate school education at Kings College in London where she worked with experts on ASD. She supports individuals on the spectrum through social skills, family interactions, and sensory difficulties.
She also enjoys supporting new mothers who are struggling with the adjustment to motherhood, inspired by her personal experience parenting two young children.
Kim's primary approach to treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she also draws from occupational therapy skills in her practice. She bases her sessions wherever most comfortable for her client, including using the play therapy room at her office, going for walks outside, meeting her clients in the community, or offering remote video sessions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder – Social skills, family interactions, and sensory difficulties; emotion regulation, particularly among children, teens, and young adults; family relationships and working as a family through any challenges
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Adjusting to motherhood – Becoming a new mother; peripartum anxiety and depression
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance (United Health)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
Providence College (United Health)
RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
Initial session: $150
Ongoing sessions: $100/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $60 - $100 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Kim can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Sometimes life presents us with challenges that are too overwhelming to navigate on our own. This is when therapy may be helpful. Hello, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 10 years of experience working with children ages 2 years old through adulthood. I have extensive experience supporting individuals with anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorder, depression/postpartum depression, grief, trauma, social skills, coping skills, sibling conflict, family interactions, and sensory difficulties. I also have a specialty in assisting clients with autism spectrum disorders. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Sensorimotor therapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Gateway Healthcare, 2010 - 2017
Bradley Hospital, 2007 - 2009
King's College London, MSc, 2010
Emmanuel College, BA, 2007