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Ben has obtained extensive training in psychedelic-assisted therapies and trauma therapies. His knowledge and expertise in these areas helps him establish trust and a felt sense of safety as the therapeutic process unfolds at a manageable pace for each unique client.


Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision -  University of Cincinnati, 2023

M.A., Mental Health Counseling - University of Cincinnati, 2016

B.A. Psychology, B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Cognitive Science - University of Georgia, 2012

Specialized Training

Internal Family Systems Therapy Level One Training, 90 hours, 2023

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research Graduate Certificate, 150 hours - California Institute of Integral Studies, 2022

Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Basic Training, 50 hours - EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Project, 2017

Licensure & Certification

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - Supervisor #E.2001589: Ohio

Licensed Professional Counselor #015785: Pennsylvania

Nationally Certified Counselor: National Board for Certified Counselors

Selected Publications & Presentations

Hearn, B. (2023). A case for supporting clients who use psychedelics in naturalistic settings and identify as queer. Completed dissertation for Ph.D. program

Hearn, B., Brubaker, M. D., & Richardson, G. (2021). Counselor attitudes towards psychedelics & their use in therapy. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Hearn, B. (2021). Psychedelics, mystical experiences, and meaning-making: A renegotiation process with the challenges of existence. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 60(3), 180-196.

Hearn, B. (March 2023). Psychedelic Risk Reduction and Integration for the LGBTQ+ Population. 60-minute advanced education session at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Hearn, B. (February 2022). Clinical Issues in and Approaches to Psychedelic Risk Reduction and Integration. 90-minute NBCC CE Workshop at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hearn, B., Hess, K. (April 2018). Coming Out to Clients: An Ethical Decision-Making Model. 60-Minute Featured Education Session at American Counseling Association 2018 Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Hearn, B. (April 2018). Past, Present, and Future Roles of Psychedelic Drugs in Counseling. 60-Minute Education Session at American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

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