James BencivengaLPC, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

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What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

I view there as being three: genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy. I want to create a safe, trusting space for my clients so they can discuss their difficult issues with as few barriers being in their way as possible.

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

I believe that therapy is a collaborative effort. I have my expertise and life experience, but so do my clients. My ideal clients are those looking to work together with their therapist to feel empowered to make the decisions that best honors their values.

If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

"Good Will Hunting" greatly influenced my desire to enter this field and my approach to therapy. Seeing that Will, the client, was being held back by his own inner demons and Sean, his therapist, challenged him by helping him confronting his pain while providing a caring, nurturing environment spoke to me.




Relationship Issues



General Expertise



Relationship Issues



Social Anxiety


Anger management



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Forensic Therapy

Gestalt Therapy


NJ, LPC, 37PC00600900

NJ, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, 37LC00271600


Master's in Forensic Mental Health Counseling, John Jay College

Work History

I'm not the professional in the room. You are. You've lived your life. You know what's worked, and what hasn't. Life is not only challenging, but complex and one approach does not suit everyone. The relationship between you and your therapist is essential for the best possible outcome in therapy. I take a Rogerian Client-Centered Approach in my therapy, where I will provide a non-judgmental, safe, warm, and accepting environment. By learning about the struggles you've faced and what they meant to you, together, we can develop the skills you need to reach your goals. My areas of expertise include treating anxiety, depression, life transitions, codependency and boundary setting, conflict resolution, family and relationship issues, self-esteem, OCD, addiction, and trauma. I am trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Nurtured Heart, and Motivational Interviewing.


798 Ashton Street, Raritan, 08869, NJ