Ben was born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York. After graduating high school, he moved to Vermont to attend Green Mountain College and pursue his passion for the outdoors. He received his Bachelor’s degree in adventure recreation and then moved to Utah to work at a wilderness therapy program with adolescents. Due to the transformational power of the wilderness, what began as six month commitment turned into six years and over 1,000 nights spent in the wilderness. Looking for a change of pace and scenery, Ben moved to the Big Island of Hawaii and continued his work with adolescents at another therapeutic program.
It became clear that working with young people through difficult times had changed from a short-term career bridge into a long-term career goal. Through this realization, Ben applied to graduate school and moved back to the mainland to attend Syracuse University’s Master’s program in marriage and family therapy. At SU, Ben appreciated the opportunity to incorporate his experiences working with adolescents into the clinically intensive MFT program focused on working with family systems. Ben incorporates this systemic perspective into his work with the belief that our selves are created by our relationships. In working with adolescents and their families, Ben focuses on “autonomy through connection” to help young people gain their desired independence while remaining connected to their families.
Upon moving to New Hampshire, Ben is excited to hike in the mountains with his dog Jamiroquai and looks forward to hitting the ski slopes again this winter after a several year break. He loves seeing live music and watching sports, especially Syracuse Basketball.
What do you love most about working at Oliverian?
“I am excited at the many opportunities that Oliverian has for the students to identify, develop and actualize their best selves to engage in the world around them.”
What motivates you to work with young people?
“Adolescents have a unique and powerful energy that has the potential for many great things. This potential is very exciting, and I am excited to have the privilege to take part in helping young people realize theirs.”