Ben Dally, MA, MDiv, LCPC 630.443.9100 x 205
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
I was born in Des Moines, Iowa, though I spent most of my life up through college living in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. For the first five years of marriage my wife and I lived in Tacoma, WA where we served in urban ministry with an Acts 29 church plant before returning to the Wheaton area in 2009. I received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 2004, an M.Div. degree from Western Reformed Seminary in 2009, an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College in 2011, and am currently a doctoral student in New Testament at Wheaton College. I am a licensed clinical professional counselor who has been working with individuals, families and couples for over 13 years in various clinical and pastoral settings. I have been privileged to have worked with chronic mentally ill adults, at-risk youth and homeless adults and families, though most recently my clinical focus has been on premarital and marital counseling, youth and families and adults.
While my training has been eclectic-providing a diverse array of tools and paradigms to draw from as various situations require, I would primarily consider myself to operate within a Cognitive-Behavioral framework, which seeks to explore the ways that beliefs and patterns of thought currently impact emotion, behavior and relational well-being. Secondarily, I also make use of Narrative and Existential therapeutic modalities, which aim to explore how personal experiences and narratives contribute to one’s conceptions of self, other and one’s relation to the world and how these often deeply engrained narratives effect one’s present as well as one’s pursuit of the future across the various interdependent aspects of personhood—the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and relational. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I have also been deeply shaped by and am personally committed to the historic, orthodox Christian faith, and thereby ultimately define optimal human functioning in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ongoing, restorative work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who trust and follow Him. While I am committed to diligently and respectfully serve people from all social, ethnic, religious, and philosophical backgrounds, regardless of race, age, gender, physical capacity, marital status and/or sexual orientation, this central aspect of who I am cannot help but impact my understanding and undertaking of the therapeutic process to varying degrees.
Currently I work primarily with youth and families, adults and both established and premarital couples. I am certified to administer the PREPARE-ENRICH premarital counseling program, and have experience working with issues associated with Abuse/Trauma, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Family and Parenting Challenges, Marital Issues (Communication, Conflict Resolution, Intimacy Issues, etc.), Self Image/Identity, Life Transitions, Spirituality, and Men's Issues. I also have experience working with the unique challenges that often accompany engagement in full-time ministry and/or spiritual leadership in various capacities.
Hobbies and Interests
I greatly enjoy hanging out with my wonderful wife and two boys, as well as reading, running, lifting weights, playing/recording music and engaging in just about any form of competitive sports. I also spend a good deal of time engaged in local church ministry at the Vietnamese CMA church my wife and I have been involved with for the past 4 years, and it is my greatest joy to journey alongside people of all walks of life engaged in the pursuit of wholeness and abundant life--physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally.
Movies: Documentaries about just about anything
Books: Anything related to theology, biblical studies or counseling (I know, boring right?)
Foods: Pizza, Mexican, and of course Pho
T. V. Shows: Sherlock, just about any historical fiction