Tracy Bennett, Ph.D.
340 Rosewood Avenue, Suite A
Camarillo, CA 93010
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist who provides consultation, coaching, and psychotherapy with kids, teens, adults, couples, and families.
Adults: About half of my caseload are adult clients. We could all use a safe, quiet space to work through our challenges with a trained expert we trust. My clients tell me I have a warm, relatable, professional style that helps them feel comfortable working through challenges and learning effective coping skills. Over the years, I’ve found that kindness and humor go a long way.
Teens: Too many teens today are phonely (connected on-screen but feel disconnected in real life). Teens often juggle complicated social situations and feel a lot of pressure to achieve. Having an adult who is not a family member sometimes gives them the safety they need to get shame-free support and commit to real change.
Kids: I work with kids as young as three-years-old for issues like oppositionality, poor academic performance, anxiety and mood disorders, social skills challenges, and family and school transitions. Kids love working in a fun, compassionate environment. I offer play therapy as kids learn cognitive behavioral coping skills. We set goals; they meet them; they graduate. It’s a dynamic and fun process.
How I’m different: I use goal-directed treatment with the whole client and family in-mind. The treatment has a beginning, a middle, and an end. During the initial session, we assess how things look now and how they will look when my client is ready to graduate. Unless we agree to a different structure for kids and teens, parents are involved at the beginning of each session. This way I get a full perspective, and parents are not shut out of the process. Without parent involvement, kids and teens can be overly controlling of the narrative. Plus, parents typically need success strategies and support too!
Why it works: With doctoral-level training and 25+ years of practice, I work with the most challenging diagnostic issues. I believe that a trusting, authentic, and sensible therapeutic partnership promotes real progress. Based on the preference of my clinet, I work from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic perspectives. I offer a safe, creative environment ripe for understanding and insight and provide skill-based psychoeducation and cognitive-behavioral tools for immediate relief from stress, anxiety, and depression.
Other areas of specialty: Mood and anxiety disorders, grief, trauma, relationship issues, and transitional issues like divorce and blended-family challenges. I also specialize in behavioral issues with children and teens, including AD/HD, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, oppositional-defiance, and autism spectrum disorder. As founder & CEO of GetKidsInternetSafe.com, I’m a screen safety expert and help parents and kids form a stronger relationship while preventing and healing from digital injuries like screen addiction, cyberbullying, and exposure to inappropriate online content.
Payment: I do not contract with insurance. Instead, clients pay at the time of service. I can provide a superbill with the codes necessary to bill insurance directly.
Call 805-383-0882 to schedule an appointment.
What are the differences between therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists?
Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) have bachelor’s degrees + master’s degrees. LPCCs offer therapy for a broader scope of mental health issues, while LMFT’s focus on issues that stem from marriage and family relationships.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) have bachelor’s degrees + master’s degrees. LCSWs offer therapy and have unique training in connecting clients with community resources. They often work in community mental health and hospital settings.
Licensed Clinical Psychologists
Licensed clinical psychologists have bachelors degrees + masters degrees + Ph.D.s (5 – year degree) or Psy.D.s (4 – year degree). They are specially trained to do research, psychodiagnostic testing, and psychotherapy. They typically treat more serious mental illness than therapists but also work with relationship issues. Psychologists are often in supervisor and program development and management roles and have forensic (court-related) specialties.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with mental illness. They have bacheors degrees + medical degrees + five years of residency specialty training with clients with mental illness. They prescribe medication and monitor dosage adjustments and sometimes do therapy. Psychiatrists often work as medical directors in hospital settings.