Kate Benningfield, MS, PLPC
Kate Benningfield is supervised by Angela Sastry, LPC.
Kate joined our team in 2021.
- Capella University- Minneapolis, MN: July 2018- September 2021
- Master of Science- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Emmaus Bible College- Dubuque, IA: August 2014- December 2017
- Bachelor of Science- Biblical Studies and Counseling Psychology
- Loehr Health Center
- Counselor: September 2021
- Center for Life Coaching and Counseling
- Clinical Therapist Intern: January 2021- September 2021
Additional supportive clinical roles:
- Lafayette House- Residential Advocate
- Hillcrest Family Services- Youth Care Worker
- Capital City Rescue Mission: New Faith Program- Undergraduate Intern
- EMDR Trained Therapist September 2021
- Somatic Integration and Processing I Case Conceptualization Training October 2021
- Somatic Integration and Processing II Case Conceptualization Training November 2021
- DV 101: Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence- March 2021
- Confidentiality for Domestic and Sexual Violence Service Providers Training- April 2021
- Hotline, Safety Planning, and Crisis Intervention April 2021
- Trauma and Nervous system informed counseling
- EMDR therapy
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
Native to: Gibson City, IL
First job: My first job was a summer job working at a greenhouse located just across the street from my childhood home. It sparked my love of being surrounded by plants, although my thumb is only moderately green.
Why I became a counselor: Counseling is a career that very much found me. Between the ages of four and seventeen, I was certain I was going to work in zoology. My senior year of high school, I felt myself pulled in a new direction and fell in love with a college and the counseling psychology program. The further I got into my education, and now into my career, the more it became clear that counseling and working with people was where I belonged all along. I so enjoy the opportunity to meet with people, offering a sphere of safety, and inviting others to join the exploration of what it means to be human.
Modern convenience I couldn’t live without: Air conditioning. I HATE being hot and wouldn’t survive through Southwest Missouri summers without it.
Favorite place to visit: Durham, North Carolina. I love the intersection of culture, history, nature… and sports. I am a huge Duke basketball fan. Ask me about “breaking” into Cameron Indoor Stadium…twice. That being said, all of North Carolina is beautiful, and I really enjoy visiting any part of the state.
Favorite way to spend the weekend: Curled up with a book, a blanket, and a cup of coffee or tea (I enjoy both equally) or playing games with my friends and family.