Ben DeJesus, LCSW
Phi Alpha Graduate of Arizona State University's Master of Social Work Program. Specializes in Trauma, Depression, Abuse, Frequent Dysregulation of Emotions, and Stress.
At BYU, he completed an internship at Utah State Prison as a Psych Tech performing psychological testing and psychoeducation for prisoners. At ASU he also interned with the Crisis Response Team at the City of Phoenix's Fire Dept. His second internship was completed at a local mental health center, working with adolescent refugees from Central America and Mexico. Treatment focused on providing trauma sensitive informed care, and helping people find peace after intense trauma.
After graduation, he began working with an agency that worked with the Unaccompanied Minor Program for adolescent U.S. refugees. The program was a Level 1 Residential Treatment Center, geared in providing therapeutic care for youth who were in the greatest need of high intensive inpatient care. He provided counseling and supervision for staff in use of trauma informed care to provide a safe, supportive program for these youth.
His passion has grown and evolves with each passing year. Currently in his practice of therapy, he uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. He uses these therapeutic modalities to treat Anxiety Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Frequent Mood Fluctuation, and Relationship Conflict.
Another area he focuses on, due to a great need, is seen within the current social environments of the constant shaming messages sent to individuals of not being good enough. Shame can be overwhelming and holds many people back from living a "whole hearted life" as Brené Brown describes it in her work. Her work has been incorporated within the approaches used in Ben’s practice.
He is currently working in private practice and owns The Act of Healing: a therapeutic business model created to provide holistic support to those that seek help. He also runs 4 groups a week at a substance abuse facility in Mesa, and is a Professor at ASU teaching stress management and other clinical psychotherapy courses in the Integrative Health Initiative within the Social Work Department.