Denita Benyshek (she/her)


I work with intellectually gifted, high achieving, creative, and artistically talented individuals.

Counselor in Mercer Island, WA

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

My adult clients are entrepreneurs creating new businesses, visionary CEOs and senior VPs, artists (writers, journalists, film makers, dancers, visual artists, designers, musicians, animators, game designers, etc.), healers (doctors, counselors, and social change makers). Gifted teens may be challenged by expectations of high performance, problems socializing, and anxiety around transitioning into college and adulthood. (LGBTQ/poly welcomed.)

My Background and Approach

I practice counseling as a means of expressing love, integrating holistic techniques from humanistic & transpersonal psychology, family systems, biofeedback, sand tray, dreams, visualization/imaginal reality, cognitive restructuring/CBT, & EMDR to heal trauma, negative self-beliefs, and problematic relationships. I earned a BFA & MFA in art, taught for 18 yrs, & developed my art career. Folks recognized my talent for healing, so I pursued my 2nd love - psychology, earning an MA, a graduate certificate in the psychology of creativity, then deepened my knowledge and skills during my doctoral studies. I studied EMDR and pain management at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. I can help you feel less isolated, gain insight, clarify goals, enhance communication, build healthy relationships, lessen stress, gracefully move through change, manage social pressures, & heal from the past. Specialties: Intellectually gifted, creative, artistic Trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD Abuse Pain, chronic illness

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Politically, I am socially progressive. As a researcher, I study contemporary artists as shamans, looking at how shamanic artists provide healing for individuals and societies, with publications and conference presentations. I was initiated as a shaman by 3 Korean mudangs and I sing in a gospel choir, although I do not identify as Christian. My clients are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, animist/pagan, highly spiritual, and atheist.

I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 7 years of practice
  • Rate: $175 - 270/session


425-281-5367 Email Denita
7650 SE 27th ST
Suite 503
Mercer Island, WA 98040

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