Los Angeles

LA MIND and Body

Creating a Healthy Mind and Body


I'm a marriage and family therapist with 20 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field. 

I have a bachelor's in creative writing and was pursuing a masters in this field, when I decided to do something different.  As a writer I was always trying to understand emotion, reactions, and how we interact with each other. I loved writing about what I observed, paying attention to the details of people and their response.  What started off as my love of writing, turned into my current career, understanding the psychology of the brain and human interactions. 

When people ask me who I love to work with, my response is this:

"I like working with clients who've never gone to therapy, and need a lot of psychoeducation, guidance, and hand holding. I also love working with the clients and families who have tried everything and feel like change isn't possible." 

Wherever you are in your journey of therapy. I'm fortunate to be a part of it. 

Jackie Benavente, LMFT


Jackie Benavente, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist




*Accepting new clients in Los Angeles & California

A Bit About Me

Jackie started her career at Desert Aids Project, where she worked as a case manager to clients affected by HIV, mental health and addiction issues. She completed her practicum at D.A.P., providing individual therapy and case management to clients. She moved to Los Angeles as an intern to work for Saban Free Clinics, on a grant which provided social work support to a newly opened charter middle and high school. She developed the school’s first mental health program, where she provided group and individual therapy to students, parenting support, and mental health training to staff. Jackie continued her career working in community-based clinics, including: Didi Hirsch, Masada Homes and Eisner Pediatric. During this time Jackie worked with families, adolescents, and at-risk youth, providing outreach work and bilingual therapy.

Her passion grew for working with marginalized groups and her focus turned to the field of addiction. She landed a job working for UCLA’s Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. She worked on medication clinical trials for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence as well as health studies for the HIV Prevention Trials Network. During this time, she became a contracted therapist, working with San Francisco's department of public health. She was trained in motivational interviewing and began providing MI and case management to participants who were recently enrolled into sober living and were considered high risk.

Jackie eventually began focusing her clinical attention on providing direct oversight to addiction programs, and building her private practice, (LA Mind & Body). Her specialties include:  individuals, couples and families, teens, young adults, and older adults. 


She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

"I think what makes me unique as a therapist is that I never stopped evolving in my practice. I consistently challenged myself to new environments, populations of people, and was trained on the modalities that could assist a client with change. As a therapist, my role is to help you find that motivation, build insight, and set goals to start seeing that change is possible. "  Jackie Benavente



"Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe,"  NIMH » Mental Illness (nih.gov).