Danielle Benveniste, PhD

Danielle Benveniste, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Benveniste provides her clients a warm environment marked by compassion, curiosity, and humor. She strives in every encounter to meet her clients where they are and tailor treatment to their unique needs and personality. Her approach is insight-oriented and informed by attachment and relational theories; she also incorporates components of mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as appropriate. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship with Dr. Benveniste, clients become empowered to notice and understand parts of themselves they might otherwise not have been consciously aware of. She views her role as that of a partner and ally in her clients’ courageous efforts to increase access to their inner worlds and congruence among multiple parts of self. She is also passionate about helping clients build bridges from the past to the present and believes that exploring how past experiences impact the present can be profoundly validating, healing, and conducive to cultivating self-compassion. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Benveniste earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and she enjoys bringing her creative and curious spirit to her work as a psychologist. 

Dr. Benveniste received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Georgia State University’s Counseling and Testing Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  She previously practiced at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and The Psychological Center at City College, and she completed fellowships at the counseling centers of City College of New York, The Graduate Center (CUNY), and Hunter College High School. Dr. Benveniste’s training included individual and group therapy with adults, adolescents, and children dealing with a range of clinical issues, including life transitions, relationship issues, creative and artistic pursuits, family conflict, trauma, anxiety, and depression. She is particularly enthusiastic about joining clients as they explore both the core and dynamic aspects of their identity, especially as these arise during transitional periods and developmental milestones across the life span.