Ben Gooch
Centeno House 3rd Floor
(802) 443-5141
Additional Programs
Center for Health and Wellness

Disclosure document

Ben was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Oregon. He volunteered as a victim advocate in Lane County, Oregon where he provided services to children who had experienced physical/mental/emotional harm. During that period, he also helped supervise a residential treatment facility for adjudicated male youth. Ben moved to Vermont in 2014 and graduated from the University of Vermont with his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ben has been with us since late Summer 2015, initially as a graduate counseling intern, then as a full-time Post-Graduate Counseling Fellow, and now as an Associate Director. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Ben’s psychotherapeutic methodology is built upon a social-justice framework. He acknowledges that race, sexuality, class, religion, ability, gender and other markers of one’s identity play out in each of our lives and recognizes that power and privilege have had a profound impact on his life and consequently on the lives of many others.

Ben practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with strong influences from feminist and existential theories. He views the interpersonal relationship that develops within the counseling setting as a profound mechanism to develop insight and foster change.