Lydia Bennett, M.A., LPC
Outpatient therapist with certification in SPARCS group therapy
Ms.Bennett obtained her B.A. double majoring in Psychology and Studio Art from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2005. During undergraduate school; Ms. Bennett discovered her real passion for working with people when volunteering 3-5 days a week with those affected by hunger and homelessness. In addition co-founding an organization C.A.R.E. Initiative (Community Action Reform Education) that was created to give a voice to those affected by homelessness; to educate the community, and to fundraise for local shelters. After undergraduate school, Ms. Bennett moved to Somerville, MA outside Boston and worked as a Senior Residential Counselor with adults in transitional living who were experiencing diagnoses ranging from Schizophrenia to Bipolar Disorder.
In 2008, beautiful mountains and warmer winters brought Ms. Bennett to Asheville, NC where she worked in a level III group home as a Teaching Parent utilizing the Teaching-Family Model educating adolescents ages 10-17 years old with mental health diagnoses about new skill sets to improve relationships, increasing self-awareness, anger management, and reunification with family or foster care.
Ms.Bennett moved to Winston-Salem to attend graduate school at Wake Forest and earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2011, becoming a fully Licensed Professional Counselor in 2013. While at graduate school, Ms. Bennett worked as a Lead in Community Support Team with adults providing individual therapy and linking to emergency resources in the community. During her practicum, she worked with adolescents in individual counseling and co-facilitating weekly Intensive Outpatient Groups for substance abuse treatment as well as co-facilitating a weekly psycho-educational group at the Youth Detention Center. In addition, Ms. Bennett completed a one-year internship at Hospice providing individual, couple, and family grief counseling and co-facilitating grief groups with adults. She organized volunteers to create 18 murals for the Hospice grief camp and won the “Volunteer of the Year Award.”
Ms. Bennett returned to Asheville, NC in 2011 and worked as a Clinical Lead in Intensive In-Home Services providing individual and family therapy to children and adolescents in the community. In 2014, she became a Clinical Supervisor for Eliada Homes PRTF (Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility) providing individual, family, group and equine therapy for adolescents who’ve experienced trauma, separation, depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal ideations/gestures, aggression, attachment disorders, and additional diagnoses. Ms. Bennett is a certified lead in SPARCS group therapy (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) specifically created for Adolescents utilizing experiential techniques to provide psychoeducation on how the body responds to stress and crisis and utilizing 4 core elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Ms. Bennett was 1 of 10 people in the state chosen to be part of an advanced SPARCS training to make the group model accessible to an individual and short term group model. Ms. Bennett became certified in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) equine therapy model in 2015. Ms. Bennett co-facilitated a study on combining SPARCS with EAGALA therapy that lead to Ms. Bennett along with 2 colleagues presented at their findings at the National EAGALA Conference in Denver, CO in 2017.