My young adult son has dissociative disorder. Finding John Lopez was a godsend. DID is a complicated issue and compounding it was my son's past trauma experiences and addiction. After struggling for years to get my son to agree to therapy (having experienced several therapists who did more damage than good), we were desperate to find a therapist who would help. DID is not a well known disorder and John is very knowledgeable on the subject. My son immediately connected to John and more surprisingly opened up to him from the start. John is incredible. He is gentle and compassionate and also straight forward. My son feels safe with him and respects him, and if he tries to manipulate the session, John pulls him back to reality. John also helped me understand my son's issues so I could better support him at home. He also guided us in repairing a very broken mother and son relationship. I have nothing but thanks and the utmost respect for John Lopez.
When I lost my father in 2020, I was devastated. I read some information about the stages of grief and expected to move through them like the book said. Months later, I found myself still unable to process my father’s death. It was then that I decided to seek professional help. I was referred by a friend to one of the practitioners at MindSol. Since meeting with their therapist, I have learned that everyone grieves at their own pace and in unique ways. The expectations I was putting on myself to grieve properly were actually exacerbating my stress! I’ve learned to share these feelings when they come up, instead of feeling guilty for not grieving the “right way,” and to be kind to myself and validate my feelings, as they are important and meaningful. Truly, I owe my piece of mind to the professionals at MindSol.
Since I was 14, I’ve used drugs and alcohol. I didn’t think it was a problem, even when others would tell me it was. Friends and family would point out all of the trouble alcohol has caused me, but when I heard the word alcoholic, my mind immediately went to someone sitting on the sidewalk asking for change outside of a liquor store. That wasn’t me… yet. After enough encouragement, I finally agreed to see someone and talk about my drinking. I was prepared to lay out all of the reasons why my drinking was manageable and that I didn’t need help. My counselor, Cole Young, was very patient. He didn’t tell me I had a problem, or object when I told him everything was fine, but instead he kept asking me questions about what happened when I drank. As I answered, it dawned on me that alcohol was causing me harm. I believe the reason I finally accepted this is because I came to the conclusion myself. It was not foisted on me by my family, or by a therapist. This was important for me to feel ownership over my decision to not drink. Thank you, MindSol!
I have problems with depression and anxiety. I find myself having long periods of being unmotivated to get out of bed and late nights where I am crying and unsure why. I also recognized that I was drinking a lot and blacking out. I knew something had to change. I met with Cole Young to talk through some of these things. He was so patient with me and never made me feel weird or bad for feeling the things I was feeling. He sat with me while I experienced emotions that didn’t feel good and took the time to talk to me about what I was feeling. I found myself able to open up to him about some childhood trauma that I hadn’t before realized was causing some of these feelings of anxiety and depression and leading me to drink. Cole helped me realize that drinking the way I was wasn’t going to stop the hurt that I had inside. He also helped me realize that I would greatly benefit from being in recovery for my drinking. I would recommend MindSol to anyone who is struggling and wants to live a happier, healthier life.
Dr. Benson is an incredible therapist. I had been to several therapists around town, and none of them were willing to dive as deeply into my core issues as Dr. Benson. Being in therapy is hard work, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Plus, it allows me to be present and fully appreciate other experiences in my life, good and bad.
I experienced trauma at a young age. For years, I thought it was my fault. I would occasionally hear other women share about their abuse and think how brave they were, but never thought that could be me. After working with a therapist at MindSol, I have begun to process what happened to me, and to realize that it was not my fault. I still have a long way to go, but I am grateful for a safe space to come to explore my past with a capable, compassionate therapist.
I have been in recovery from drug addiction for 8 years now. I found my addiction manifesting itself in a new way: compulsive gambling. It was getting out of control…I was gambling and hiding it from my family. I was losing not only money, but the serenity I gained in recovery. I was able to find support and help for this problem at MindSol. Dave was a kind, compassionate, and understanding counselor. He was able to help me adapt the tools that I learned in recovery from drugs to be free from the obsession and compulsion to spend time and money at the poker tables. He helped me achieve a new level of freedom and I am eternally grateful for MindSol.
Smith at MindSol is a caring, empathetic, and experienced therapist. I was able to comfortably share my anxieties with her, and she was great at helping me discover where those feelings stemmed from. Once we were able to focus on the source of my anxiety, she taught me ways in which to cope with these feelings. She taught me that my anxiety is something that can be managed and that I do not have to be a prisoner to it. I am so happy that I met Smith and am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work with her.
I wanted to write and thank the professionals at MindSol for helping me with a problem I have faced since I was a young girl. I have struggled with an eating disorder for as far back as I can remember. I was told that I looked a certain way, but the person I saw in the mirror didn’t match that. I went to MindSol and met with Dr. Benson once a week, and she was able to help me learn tools that ultimately increased my self-confidence. I am feeling better than I ever have about myself and I owe that to the work I have done with Dr. Benson.
My wife and I had been arguing off and on for months. I felt like I couldn’t do anything right. She said she felt lonely in her own home. We entered couples counseling at MindSol and began communicating with each other again. I hadn’t realized how much our relationship had drifted from romantic to friendship. On the suggestion of our therapist, we focused on being spontaneous, and as a result have rediscovered a joy for each other’s company. It sounds silly to say, but I feel like we just got married all over again. Thank you, Dr. Benson for all of your help!
Christina has been working with my daughter for six months. We experienced a trauma in our family that changed our lives forever. Christina has helped my daughter open up, understand her emotional distress, and work through body image issues. Christina continues to help my daughter tackle long standing issues that over time will be unraveled with her clinical expertise.
I have been working with Smith for over a year now. I am a professional athlete and was debilitated by my eating disorder, alcohol abuse, and severe depression. My work with her has given me an opportunity to understand longstanding family-of-origin issues that have contributed to the struggles I am faced with today. I am learning how to accept what has happened in my life, grieve the losses of things I didn’t get that I needed growing up, and taking responsibility for myself by taking the lead in my self-care. It has not been easy because I have always believed I was never good enough. I am now working towards building the belief that I am good enough, and worthy of love from myself and others.