Benjamin Carrettin earned his undergraduate from the University of St Thomas and attended Texas Southern University under a full scholarship for his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He is a fully and independently Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas and is NBCC board certified and has been working in the mental health field since 1992. He has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, intensive out-patient programs; both private and grant-funded, partial hospitalization programs and full in-patient hospitalization; working with children, adolescents, and adults.
In addition to working in mental health, Benjamin has also worked in behavioral managed care; both in a clinical capacity and as a Federal Network Manager as well as State Network Manager for Texas . In this role, one of his duties included investigating concerns regarding the quality of service, adherence to best practice guidelines, as well as both business and ethical/clinical issues of contracted mental health clinicians. To this end, Benjamin is keenly aware of current best practices in the field of counseling as well as up-to-date, proven techniques to increase successful outcomes in counseling clients.
Benjamin has also been active in the community as a volunteer for many years. He’s worked the ranches at Heifer Project International, been a Big Brother volunteer through his church, helped to improve refugee housing in Houston, and much more. Most recently taken on both fund-raising and the Benefit walk for NAMI; National Association for the Mentally Ill, built playgrounds with United Way’s “Days of Caring”, serving seniors at the Bajo el Mismo Techo Conference 2007 and providing several targeted, no cost workshops for the public seeking to dismiss the stigma often associated with mental illness.
Benjamin and his wife Jennifer (also a therapist) have been together for over seventeen years and have two children. Both have resided in Houston since early childhood. They enjoy a variety of things from books, painting, and theatre to camping, fishing, cycling, gardening, and almost any other outside activity.