Ben Gao


Currently in school at Ohio State University – Masters of Social Work, University of Colorado, B.A., Columbia School of Law, J.D.

Accepting new clients.

Why work with a clinician in training?

What’s therapy with me like? Our bodies hold the wisdom of generations, and our intelligence is powerful among Earth’s many creations. But each of us are still limited and prone to mistake, and we all need companions and support on our journey through this complicated life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to walk with you for a period and possibly helping you to take a few firm steps in the direction you choose.

Currently, I focus on depression, anxiety, relationship problems, addiction and substance misuse, and the search for meaning and vitality in life. In terms of theraputic modalities, I have a basic certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I am learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems.  More broadly, I have studied a little and benefited personally from stoicism and Buddhism.  These are the tools and frameworks I have found helpful and will draw on in working with you.  They are evidence-based and powerful, especially when applied with skill and patience.  I will care about you and we will make a good go at it.


How I’ve kept learning…I learn from everyone that I come across, particularly my clients.  In my work, I am well supported by my clinical supervisor and amazing and experienced colleagues.  On my own, I am actively learning and working with concepts and tools from various modalities, while also placing and understanding them more broadly in the context of cognitive and neuro science.  More broadly, I actively participate in communities that explore collective sense making and wisdom practices.

Who do I work with?  Adults and adolescence age 13 and above.

My impacting identities are…I am a parent to myself through inner child work, and I’m a father to my beautiful son and daughter. I spent most of my life living someone else’s values and scripts, and I’m grateful to those who have helped me to explore my own path. I am also an immigrant from China, having grown up in both Shanghai, China and Boulder, Colorado.

I feel allied/aware/informed/knowledgeable about…the immigrant community (part of).

I am the best fit for a client who…suffers from depression, anxiety, or relationship problems, or wants to live with more vitality and meaning.

I am not a good fit for a client who…thinks that someone else is responsible for their suffering or happiness.

What makes me unique? I am older, having worked many years in another profession and gone on my own (continuing) healing journey.  Over time, I have found tremendous joy and meaning through my struggles, and I want to share that joy with others who are also struggling. Also, I’m deeply interested in the healing potential of psychedelics (such as neuroplasticity, cognitive flexibility, and spiritual insights).  I help clients with preparation and integration using practices from cognitive science and various wisdom traditions.   


The Practical Stuff

What insurances do I accept? I am currently not in network with any insurances, but, as a student intern, I offer therapy for a sliding scale between $30-70 based on what the client can afford.

Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? Currently, I am offering teletherapy. Starting in June 2021, I plan to offer a combination of in-person and teletherapy sessions.


The Fun Stuff

Did you know…I started dancing in college and have not been able to stop.


How to Give me A Buzz

The best way to contact me is…by email at or click below to schedule a free phone consult!

Supervised By:

Sam Roth, LCSW-C