Benita’s Credentials

Benita A. Esposito is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina.  

I have practiced psychotherapy for four decades, helping adult individuals and couples in private sessions, groups and intensive retreats. I love the retreats best because so much transformation occurs in such a short time. I like results!

Education: I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology (1976) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (1973) from Illinois State University.

Specialties: Couples Counseling and counseling for adult individuals who want help to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, grief and trauma. I also help people heal the emotional roots of disease and pain with my holistic practices.

Counseling Highly Sensitive People is one of my greatest joys. Visit, my website that specializes in highly sensitive people.


    • Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor license #000300
    • North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor #15664
    • Certificate of Specialization in TeleMental Health Counseling (distance counseling by video-conference)
    • Certified Grief Counseling Specialist
    • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    • Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. Customized reports guide pre-marital couples into relevant conversations about their strengths, growth areas, and potential blind spots.
    • Gottman 7 Principles Program Leader. I lead public and private workshops for couples based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s 40 years of research and therapy for creating flourishing relationships.

Advanced Training

    • Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Level 3 of 3 professional training programs
    • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) with Dr. Sue Johnson. I completed the 4-day EFT Externship Program and Core Skills, which is a year-long training program along with 10 supervised sessions required for certification.
    • The Highly Sensitive Person. I’ve been approved by Dr. Elaine Aron to provide psychotherapy for Highly Sensitive People. Visit
  • A few of the other post-graduate courses I’ve taken over four decades:
    • Brainspotting: Phase 1, Masters class with Dr. David Grand, and Limbic Counter-transference.
    • Somatic Experiencing  – Dr. Peter A. Levine
    • Attachment theory and practice – Dr. Diane Poole Heller
    • Motivational interviewing- Dr. Bill Miller
    • Internal Family Systems – Dr. Richard Schwartz
    • Neuroscience – Dr. Steven Porges
    • Healing trauma and PTSD – numerous practitioners
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to manage anxiety and depression
    • Mindfulness
    • Meditation tools
    • Life Coaching, success skills and adult education skills

Masters Thesis in Clinical Psychology

Fascinated with the untapped potential of human beings, my master’s thesis researched methods of pain elimination without drugs. This began the life-long passion for holistic mind-body-spirit-emotional healing and psychoneuroimmunology (the power of our mind and spirit to affect our bodies).

PhD courses in Community/Organizational Psychology at Georgia State University, 1982.

Professional Memberships

    • Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor Association
    • Gottman Leadership Program – Develops strong healthy committed relationships
    • The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
    • Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
    • The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person, Ordained Minister since 1992

Career Experience: After launching my career as an out-patient psychotherapist with Catholic Social Services in Iowa, I transferred to Ozark Mental Health Center in Joplin, Missouri as a Community Services Professional. I designed, marketed and delivered adult education courses for the general public, facilitated community organization projects, appeared on TV and radio shows, and did a lot of public speaking.

I opened my private practice in Georgia in 1986, specializing in psychotherapy for adult individuals and couples. Throughout my career, I have facilitated therapy groups and intensive weekend retreats for the purpose of developing healthy relationships, deep emotional healing and excavating the Authentic Self.

Strengths: Combining intuition and logic, I get to the bottom line quickly to help clients create flourishing personal and professional relationships. I like to blend evidence-based research with heartfelt spirit.

Credit: Benita A. Esposito. Lake Chatuge

Personality:  I’m an INFJ on the Myers Briggs. INFJ’s compose 1% of the population.

Valuing the beauty of Nature, I moved out of the hub-bub of Atlanta, and built my home near the top of a mountain overlooking a pristine lake surrounded by ripples of the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains, two miles from the Western North Carolina border.

Being a “highly sensitive person,” I especially enjoy helping other high-achieving, highly sensitive people. (Google Dr. Elaine Aron’s research.) We are conscientious, compassionate, creative and empathetic. We love making our contribution to uplift the quality of life on the planet. “Service” is our middle name.

Visit to learn more about how I help the Highly Sensitive Person.