Her passion for psychology and the human mind began during her academic career at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Dean graduated in 1985 with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Sociology. Her expertise in the psychological field continued at both Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. At the end of her academic career, Dr. Dean received both a Masters degree and a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology.
Prior to opening a South Carolina-based private practice, Dr. Dean worked in many inpatient and outpatient clinics, which prepared her for the range of psychological issues that individuals face on a day-to-day basis. Throughout her professional experience, Dr. Dean has had extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and marital therapy. She has worked with countless numbers of patients on issues of addiction, emotional disturbance, and relationship issues, mood and personality disorders, and much more.
Through your therapeutic relationship with Dr. Dean, she will be able to help you live a more rewarding and meaningful life, with real and lasting changes. During your sessions, she will use her expertise and experience to tailor your therapy sessions to achieve the best possible outcome. With her therapeutic approach, you can expect a down-to-earth, practical, and compassionate attitude, with a focus on active problem-solving.
In addition to our therapeutic relationship, you may also request the therapy of Chloe, a Golden Retriever rescue dog. With her certification by Therapy Dogs International (TDI), Chloe has illustrated her unique ability to comfort those in need. Whether she is lying on the couch or on the floor, her calm and relaxed personality allows for an open and honest environment in our therapy sessions. She has helped numerous patients, specifically hesitant and fearful children.
Through multiple training sessions with TDI, Chloe has learned to be gentle, calm and responsive with patients. If you wish to have Chloe in your therapy sessions, please request her services in advance.
“Effective Stress Coping Skills.” Lecture presented at University of South Carolina – Beaufort, 2014.
“Adolescent Suicide.” Lecture presented at National Alliance of Mentally Ill (NAMI). Hilton Head Island, SC., 2013.
“The Siblings of Children with Craniofacial Anomalies.” Paper presented at the South Carolina Psychological Association. Myrtle Beach, S.C, 1998.
“Orofacial and Speech Aspects in Children: A Two Year Follow Up.” Poster presented at the American Cleft Palate Association: St. Louis, May, 1990.
“Using the Revised Denver Developmental Screening Test to Predict Social Support Networks Among Families with Facially Deformed Children.” Poster presented at the American Cleft Palate Association. St. Louis, May, 1990.
“Social Support Networks Among Families of the Handicapped.” Poster presented at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Washington, D. C., November, 1989.
“Social Support Networks Among Families of Children with Craniofacial Anomalies.” Paper presented at the American Cleft Palate Association: San Francisco, California, April, 1989.
“The Effect of a Facially Deformed Child Upon the Marriage.” Paper presented at the American Cleft Palate Association: San Francisco, California. April, 1989.
“The Effect of a Facially Deformed Child Upon the Marriage.” Paper presented at the Texas Psychological Association: San Antonio, Texas, November, 1987.
“Workload and Student Course Ratings in Dental School.” Paper presented at the Annual Convention for the American Association of Dental Schools: Chicago, Illinois, March, 1987.
“Health-Related Information Seeking as a Function of Health Perceptions.” Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association: Washington, D. C., August, 1986.
Benson, B. A., Gross, A. M. & Kellum, G. (1998) The siblings of children with craniofacial anomalies. Health: Care and Development.
Messer, S., Morris, T. Benson, B. A. & Gross, A. M. (1993). Clinical behavior therapy with children. Bellack & M. Hersen (Eds). Handbook of behavior therapy in the psychiatric setting, 19-38.
Benson, B. A., Messer, S. & Gross, A. M. (1992). Learning theories. In V. B. Van Hassalt & M. Hersen (Eds). Handbook of social development: A lifespan perspective, 81- 111
Benson, B. A., Messer, S. & Gross, A. M. (1992). Social development: a behavioral formulation. Book chapter in Social Development. M. Hersen & Van Hassalt (Eds).
Benson, B. A., Gross, A. M., Messer, S. C., Kellum, G. & Passmore, L. B. (1991). Social support networks among families of children with craniofacial anomalies. Health Psychology, 10, 252 – 259.
Benson, B. A. (1990). Birth control: cross cultural perspectives. Book chapter in Human Sexuality: A Cross Cultural Perspective. D. Landis (Ed).
Benson, B. A., Messer, S. & Gross, A. M. (1992). Learning theories. In V. B. Van Hassalt & M. Hersen (Eds). Handbook of social development: A lifespan perspective, 81- 111.
Benson, B. A. & Gross, A. M. (1989). The effect of a congenitally handicapped child upon the marital dyad. Clinical Psychology Review, 9, 747 – 758.
Benson, B. A. (1989). The psychiatry of handicapped children and adolescents: a review. Journal of American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. 19.
Benson, B. A. (1989). Support groups for facially deformed children and their parents. About Face. February.
Gross, A. M., Kellum, G. D., Hale, S. T., Messer, S. C., Benson, B. A., Sisakum, S. L. & Bishop, F. W. (1989). Myofunctional and dentofacial relationships in second grade children. The Angle Orthodontist, 60, 247 – 253.
Kellum, G. D., Hale, S. T., Sisakun, S., Messer, S. C., Benson, B. A., Gross, A. M. & Bishop, F. W. (1989). Oral myofunctional factors at ages six and eight. International Journal of Orofacial Myology, 15, 3 – 7.
Cohen, P. & Benson, B. A. (1988). Workload and student course ratings in dental school. Journal of Dental Education, 52, 98 – 101.