Vassilia  Binensztok Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Vassilia Binensztok

Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Binensztok is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor. She serves as an instructor at Florida Atlantic University and maintains a private practice with a focus on anxiety disorders, complex trauma, and relationship issues. Dr. Binensztok's research interests include cognitive-behavioral interventions, reflective practice, assessment, and case conceptualization.


Dr. Binensztok has extensive experience in both counseling and counselor education.  After years working in child welfare, Dr. Binensztok earned her masters in mental health counseling and completed an internship in a high-risk, locked psychiatric hospital unit, where she worked primarily with clients with severe and persistent mental illness, crisis/suicidality, and homelessness.
Dr. Binensztok also ran a special evidence-based group for clients with schizophrenia at the National Alliance for Mental Illness and served as the mental health counselor for a state college for two years. Currently, she is in private practice where her focus is on anxiety and depressive disorders, complex trauma, and relationships/families.  
Dr. Binensztok has been teaching psychology and human services at the college level for more than seven years and now teaches graduate courses in counselor education.  She has experience supervising counselors in training and created a reflective practice protocol designed to expedite acquisition of expertise by counselors.  This protocol was found to be effective for improving procedural knowledge, through a quasi-experimental study.
Dr. Binensztok is the co-author of two texts, several chapters, articles, and a treatment manual.  She frequently presents at both local and national conferences. She also serves on the fundraising committee for a local nonprofit that helps youth aging out of foster care and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Family Therapy.


    PhD, Counseling, Florida Atlantic University
    MS, Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University
    BA, English, Dartmouth College

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Research Areas:  Cognitive-behavioral interventions, reflective practice, case conceptualization, child maltreatment assessment, integrated care, individual psychology.

    Specialty Practice Areas: Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Complex Trauma, Schizophrenia

    Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Schizophrenia

    Certified TeleMentalHealth Provider

Personal Interests

    Reading, creative writing, collecting and creating art, collecting rocks and minerals, spending time with friends, traveling, volunteering.



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