Founders

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Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC is Co-Owner of Benton BHC and Founder of Mind Redesign, which integrates her mental health experience and passion for design.  She is the Clinical and Media Relations Coordinator and former Director of Clinical Services at Aware Recovery Care home-based addiction treatment in North Haven, CT.  Sarah is also Clinical Consultant for The Strathmore House, transitional sober living program in Boston, MA and Circle City Sober Living in Indianapolis, IN.  Most recently, she created “Mind Redesign” (see page) interior redesign business that combines her mental healthcare experience with her design skills. She was formerly a Therapist and group leader at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT.  Sarah is author of the book “Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic” and has been featured in NY Times articles by Jane Brody and Rob Walker, has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, SiriusXM and NPR.  She was formerly a Primary Therapist at Turnbridge men’s extended care for addiction in New Haven, CT.  She previously worked as a Therapist/Case Manager at McLean Hospital in the McLean Brook transitional living program for dual diagnosis treatment in Waltham, MA.  Sarah has worked in private practice at Lynch Wellness and Recovery Foundation outpatient services for addictions and facilitated a Women’s Early Recovery Group in Norwell, MA and as a consultant for O’Connor Professional Group intensive case management services for addictions, eating disorders and mental health issues.  She was also a Therapist at the Emmanuel College Counseling Center in Boston where she was the leader of the Alcohol Skills Training Program directed toward helping college-age problem drinkers.  She has held several counselor positions at McLean Hospital in the Klarman Eating Disorders Center and the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Institute.  

Sarah has worked at and received training through the Mind/Body Medical Institute affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston (now the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine). In addition, she has been involved in psychologically-based research studies through McLean Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Northeastern University and the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Sarah earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree from Northeastern University in Boston.  Prior to Sarah’s counseling career, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and produced television segments in top markets including The Disney Channel in Burbank, California; CBS affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver, Colorado; and NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV in Boston.   Sarah has been in recovery from alcoholism since February 2004.

Sarah continues to give presentations, trainings and all-day workshops on several topics including “Understanding and Treating High-Functioning Alcoholics”, “Effective 12-Step Program Integration for Dual-Diagnosis Treatment” and “Shame as a Barrier to Addiction Recovery” internationally at nationally high schools, colleges, professional conferences, the military, staff meetings and alcohol treatment facilities.  Please visit the Services page for more specific information.

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Joshua Benton, BSBA is Co-Founder of Benton BHC, LLC.  He is also the Co-Owner of East Coast Recovery Services’ The Strathmore House transitional sober living program for males 18+ with addictive disorders in Boston, MA and Circle City Sober Living in Indianapolis, IN. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Turnbridge Extended Care for young adult males with addiction and mental health issues in New Haven, CT.  Additionally, he was the Chief Development Officer for the O’Connor Professional Group that provides intensive case management services for addiction and behavioral health issues in Boston, Massachusetts. He was formerly the Executive Director and founding member of Hopewell Recovery Services continuing care for men and women with addiction and mental health issues in Boston, MA. Transitioning from being a small business owner in construction, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Emmanuel College in Boston and his real estate license. Josh’s real-life business experience combined with leadership skills in the recovery community has led to his success in the addiction treatment field.  Josh has been in recovery since June of 2001 and has spent over 13 years participating and giving back to the recovery community.