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Ben Snyder, PhD, LICSW

About Ben Snyder

I believe in liberation. As a therapist, I am passionate about helping clients liberate themselves from the constraints of their own minds, the traumas of the past, and the prejudice of the world around them. When people are free, they can live their lives with a greater sense of vitality and are more aware of who they are. I am passionate about helping people to embrace the humanity of their pain and suffering so they can live full and meaning-filled lives.

I believe strongly in building security in uncomfortable places, which is why I love my work in sexology and with clients on the Autism spectrum. In work with these clients, I get to help liberate people from the beliefs they have about sexuality, and about mental illness. I also am passionate about helping people free themselves from “normal.” As a self-identified “nerd,” I believe in enthusiasm for the (sometimes quirky) things in life that bring us joy, regardless of others’ opinions.

I also believe in the freedom to love and connect with people based in this self-empowerment. There are MANY creative ways that people connect with each other based in this liberation and compassion that I believe should be celebrated.
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Everyone needs a direction, once in a while.

Because of my belief in liberation, I collaborate WITH clients to improve their lives. While I have a great deal of expertise into mental health and human sexuality, YOU are the expert in your own life and experience. With this approach, I work with clients to find liberation within their own strengths. Many of my clients on the autism spectrum have come to identify “superpowers” that the disorder gives them. Many of my clients with trauma histories learn to embrace the strength that allowed them to survive their traumas. I presume that clients are strong, and they often surprise themselves about how strong they really are.

I also have a deep love for learning, teaching, and mentoring. I am excited by new ideas and am passionate about creating opportunities for students and supervisees to learn and embrace new ideas. I have taught graduate courses and clinical workshops, and love participating in the education of professionals.

CREDENTIALS:

Clinical Therapist

Certified Sex Therapist

BSW, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

MSW, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

M.Ed., Widener University Center for Sexuality Studies, Chester, PA

Ph.D., Widener University Center for Sexuality Studies, Chester, PA

WHAT I TREAT:

Anxiety Disorder
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Blended/Stepfamily Issues
Chronic Illness/Pain
Compulsive Disorders
Depression
Divorce Recovery
Domestic Violence
Gay & Lesbian Issues
Gender Transition
Life Transitions
Men’s Issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship Issues
Senior Issues
Serious And Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
Sexual Abuse
Traumatic Loss
Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual Orientation Issues (Gay/Lesbian)
Sexually Diverse Clients (Kink/BDSM/Polyamory)
Women’s Issues

WHO I TREAT:

Adults
Seniors
Couples

LOCATIONS:

St. Louis Park, MN

TREATMENT OPTIONS:

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Intensive Outpatient Program
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Sex Therapy
Psychodynamics
Motivational Interviewing
Supportive Psychotherapy
Trauma Focused CBT

Meet the team

Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.

Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.