Ben Carrettin has been working in the mental health and addiction field for over twenty years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and attended Texas Southern University under a full scholarship for his Masters in Clinical Psychology. Ben is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and is Nationally Board Certified by the NBCC. Additionally, he has intensive professional training and experience in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISM) and completed an advanced Lay Chaplaincy training with a specialized focus on addressing traumatic grief and over 72 hours of direct training in Positive Recovery (a specialized program blending best practice contemporary addiction recovery models with neurologically-supported principles of Positive Psychology).
Ben has served as an active member of the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology (TxSCO), the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as the Texas Society of Addiction Medicine (TSAM) and has served on several other local community boards, service groups and task forces within Harris County, Ft. Bend County and the greater Houston area. Ben has also worked in behavioral health managed care as a Federal Network Manager as well as the State Network Manager for Texas. One of his chief duties included investigating concerns regarding service, clinical and ethical practice issues of contracted hospitals, treatment centers, and physician practices.
Ben is an enthusiastic reader of world philosophies, world religious traditions and cultural traditions. He frequently blends ancient Eastern philosophy with contemporary Western concepts and modalities to bring something bright and new into the recovery process for his clients. Ben is a big believer in the three primary rules of health service; safety, dignity and compassion. In his private practice, Ben works with adults struggling with addiction and their partners, those facing cancer and other serious medical conditions, survivors of traumatic events and first responders.