A Welcome From Newthink Therapy
Hello! I’m Ben Koerner, MSW LCSW and I would like to welcome you to my website and to my counseling and therapy practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering teen therapy, parent counseling, family therapy, and adult individual therapy in the Tri-Valley and surrounding East Bay cities.
Since 1999, I’ve had the privilege of helping troubled teens, parents and adults find solutions to their most difficult behavioral and emotional health challenges. I specialize in working with troubled teens and youth struggling with at-risk behaviors such as: truancy, noncompliance, violence, drug and alcohol use as well as mental health issues including: depression, anxiety and adjustment problems that interfere with daily functioning. As a teen, I grew up “at-risk.”(read my personal story here) My passion is helping troubled teens get the quality mental healthcare they deserve from someone who “gets it.” This passion is what lead me to develop my private practice, newthink therapy. I’m glad you're here and taking the time to get the information you need to make a more informative decision about improving your mental wellness.
Adolescence is a transitional period marked by hormonal surges, identity development, and a strong need/desire to break away from the role of a child. It’s also a time of learning how to become an adult and make big decisions. Our modern, high paced, technology centered lifestyles are leaving our youth feeling isolated, disconnected and displaced. Sometimes the normal teenage mood swings, and risky, impulsive behaviors give way to behavioral problems and/or mental illness. I partner with and empower teenagers to become more aware of their thoughts, emotions and behaviors, better control/manage them, and improve responsible decision making and relationships.
You want your child to become a healthy, contributing member of your family and community. Your concerned with your child's attitude, behavior, and character development. How do you know if your teen’s mood swings and risky, impulsive behaviors, are normal or signs of a behavioral problem and/or mental illness? I’ll help you identify patterns of troubled youth. Parenting is stressful, and together we will find out if your internal stressors are contributing to unhealthy parenting approaches. Sometimes, children make irresponsible decisions that get them into trouble, despite healthy parenting. As a parent, you have the most influence in modifying your child’s thinking and behavior, and we will explore some proven intervention strategies.
Individual therapy, or “talk therapy”, is a growth process that is collaborative. Some important benefits of this relationship that differentiate it from other relationships is that it is highly confidential, strictly professional, and with the sole purpose of helping you. The therapeutic relationship is based on therapeutic principles, structure, and technique. People often seek therapy to assist them in dealing with major life transitions, health problems, internal/external stressors, and mood issues, including depression and anxiety. We will work together to help you function most effectively, resolve past and current issues, reduce stress, and increase a sense of clarity, certainty, well-being, and emotional fulfillment.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
To schedule an appointment or a complimentary phone consultation click here or call our office at (925) 293-7478
newthink therapy is a safe place proudly providing mental health services for people of all ages, genders, cultures, religion, sexual orientations and walks of life. It’s an honor to serve you in our community of Danville, the Tri-Valley cities of San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Alamo and surrounding San Francisco Bay Area cities.