JUNO COUNSELING AND WELLNESS

About Dr. Binensztok

About Me

Education
  • Ph.D. Counseling, Florida Atlantic University
  • M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.A. English, Dartmouth College
Experience
  • Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for people with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder -National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lake Worth, FL
  • Affiliate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Northwestern University
  • Adjunct Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling – St. Bonaventure University
  • Adjunct Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Human Services – Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL
  • Research Assistant in Counseling – Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton & Jupiter, FL
  • Therapist at College Mental Health Center – Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Therapist in Inpatient Psychiatric Unit – Broward General Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Case Manager in Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency – Children’s Home Society, West Palm Beach, FL
Certifications
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor – MH14175 Florida
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)
  • Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns (QS)
  • Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE)
  • Parenting Coordination
Publications
  • Binensztok, V. (2021, July). Multicultural child maltreatment risk assessment: Effective evaluation for diverse populations. Routledge.
  • Binensztok, V., & Vastardis, T.E. (2019). Child abuse assessment strategy and inventories. In L. Sperry (Ed.), Family assessment: Contemporary and cutting-edge strategies (3nd ed.). Routledge.
  • Binensztok, V., Vastardis, T. E., & Gill, C. S. (2018). Spiritual and religions interventions in “Third Wave” cognitive-behavioral therapies. In C. S. Gill & R. R. Freund, Spirituality and religion in counseling: Competency-based strategies for ethical practice (pp. 132-146). Routledge.
  • Sperry, L., & Binensztok, V. (2018, Fall). Adlerian Pattern-Focused Therapy: A treatment manual. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 74(3), 309-348.
  • Sperry, L., & Binensztok, V. (In Press). Ultra-brief cognitive-behavioral interventions: A new practice model for mental health and integrated care. Routledge.
  • Sperry, L., & Binensztok, V. (2019). Learning and practicing Adlerian therapy. Cognella.
Professional Memberships
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association – Teacher Affiliate
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Palm Beach County Chapter
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling
Specialty Trainings
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level I – Gottman Institute
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level II – Gottman Institute
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Linehan Institute
  • Cognitive Enhancement Therapy – University of Pittsburgh
  • Exposure Therapy for Anxiety – Linehan Institute
  • Forensic Mental Health Evaluation – National Board of Forensic Mental Health Evaluators
  • Parenting Coordination – The National Cooperative Parenting Center
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediation Training, Mediation Training Network
Community Involvement – Giving Back
  • Board of Directors – Vita Nova, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

 

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A PERSONAL NOTE

I founded Juno Counseling and Wellness to create a safe, comfortable space for people to escape to, share what’s bothering them, and improve their lives.

I know what it’s like to be in a position where it seems like all roads are closed and how important it is to have someone competent, patient, and understanding to talk to.

Through both my professional and personal experiences, I have a realistic understanding of life, people, and problems.  I find that sometimes, things start to make more sense when we look at them from a different angle.  Understanding complicated issues and gaining meaningful insight are my greatest strengths as a therapist. Whatever your problem is, you will not shock me and you will not incur my judgment. I have worked with many complex situations and I can help you as well.

A little more about me: I enjoy arts and culture, literature, and random knowledge.  I am also an animal lover and enjoy traveling and experiencing new things.  I am passionate about my work, friends, and the things I care about, being both a serious person and someone who loves to laugh.  I am originally from Brooklyn, NY.

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Counselor Supervision

As a qualified supervisor with the state of Florida, I am credentialed to provide supervision for licensure for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns. If you graduated with a masters from a clinical mental health counseling program and need a supervisor for licensure, lets schedule a consultation and see if working together would be a good fit.

What I provide as a supervisor:

I take a collaborative approach with supervisees. While I will give you guidance and advice to deepen and improve your practice, I also see my supervisees as my colleagues. My goal is to help you blossom into your own unique counselor identity and practice. I believe in the mutual sharing of knowledge and creativity. Additionally, I can provide support and practical help with the licensure process and career planning.

My therapeutic approach:

For us to work well together as supervisor and supervisee, my therapeutic perspective should be one you can relate to, thought it does not have to be exactly the same as yours. I use an integrative approach, combining psychodynamic, existential, social constructivist, and cognitive-behavioral ideas.

By psychodynamic, I mean that I believe people form beliefs about themselves, others, and the world, shaped by their childhood experiences. These beliefs can be largely unconscious but play out in relationships and patterns of behavior in the present. By existential, I mean that I believe personal meaning and values are important. The way experiences affect us are largely dependent on our personal meaning-making schemas, and decisions are more fulfilling when they are based on our personal values and we can find personal meaning in them. By social constructivist, I mean that I focus more on individual strengths than deficits, on wellness rather than illness. I believe the labels we use to describe ourselves and the unwritten rules that dictate our lives are created by societies and institutions, and are not necessarily representative of the individual lived experience. These narratives can also be damaging to one’s self-view and impede positive change. Solution-focused, narrative, and feminist therapy approaches help people focus on the individual experience. Finally, with cognitive-behavioral techniques, I help people learn practical skills to feel better and change their behavior.

How does this look in practice? – I listen carefully to personal stories and pay attention to themes and patterns that emerge. I help clients figure out what led to them feeling or behaving the way that they do, based on their experiences, inner beliefs, and personal meaning. Sometimes, a lot of pain comes up in this exploration process, allowing people to process old hurts and the origins of limiting beliefs. Substantial growth can occur in this process, generating lots of ideas for implementing positive changes. When the client and I discover what needs to change and why, we shift to identifying strategies for change. These could come from the client discovering their own strengths and solutions as well as from me teaching cognitive-behavioral and dialectical-behavioral skills that help people reach their goals. I particularly believe in self-compassion, radical acceptance, assertive communication, and distress tolerance. In this part of the process, clients are also encouraged to mentally start rewriting their stories. Shame-laden stories that lead to poor self-image can now incorporate the client’s new understanding, personal values, and strengths so the client can see themselves in a more accurate and empowered light. Therapy is often not a linear process and all of these moving pieces work together simultaneously. The ultimate goals are personal to the client.

Please reach out if you would like to work together towards your licensure as a mental health counselor!

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      Private Practice Consulting

      Are you finally ready to take the leap into private practice? Tired of working for someone for less money than you’re worth?  You may have lots of questions about where to start and see people who are successful, wondering how they got there. You also may have heard lots of discouraging stories.

      Don’t despair! I felt the same way and, through research and hard work, learned to build the practice of my dreams.  I love going to work every day and look forward to innovative ways to continue to build on what I do.  I would love to help you get to the same place!

      I will help you to:

      • Identify your ideal private practice
      • Identify your ideal client
      • Identify your niche and specialty
      • Learn to brand your practice and yourself
      • Learn to effectively use social media and websites
      • Learn to attract a full caseload of clients
      • Decide between insurance and private-pay
      • Identify what makes you unique and brainstorm services you can offer

      I can work with you anywhere you are, either in-person or through Zoom meetings.

      You will be given a purpose statement form, in which you will detail what brings you into counseling, what your goals are for private practice, and what your specialties are.

      I will review your existing website, social media accounts, resume, purpose statement, and any related documents before our first meeting. Our initial meeting will last for an hour and a half and most people find this is sufficient for learning to get started!