Ben Fox is a LicensedMental Health Clinician, Expressive Art Therapist and is a certified Wilderness First Aid rescuer. He graduated from Lesley University in 2006, M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
Ben has almost a decade of experience in these fields focused on extensively on issues such as addiction, trauma, loss, depression, abuse and anxiety having previously worked from an intern to clinician to site supervisor to program director of a methadone treatment program in MA and NH. He was instrumental in the expansion of a local Hub (medication assisted treatment) treatment center in the Upper Valley in conjunction with the Blue Print for Health's "Hub and Spoke" health care system recently implemented in VT.
He is also open about being a survivor of suicide to his twin brother Matt who died unexpectedly from suicide when they were 24y.o. He has been in art therapy himself, has worked with a wide range of survivors and losses from the Children's Room, The Compassionate Friends Network, and the American Association of Suicidology to name a few. To read further about this as a proponent of his therapy work, please see the following link:
Ben's love of art started when he learned how to make stained glass windows in Harrisonburg, VA at the age of ten. Ben has attended the Rhode Island School of Design & The Pilchuck Glass School; his undergraduate degree is from Hamilton College in Studio Art. He has worked as stained glass craftsman, photographer, and furniture maker to name a few. He has a wide range of creative arts, music, and movement experience from jewelry making, ceramics, fiber arts, to Taoist Tai Chi & Qi Gong to guitar and djembe playing.
Ben is also a full time art educator and coordinator at Artistree. He has taught after school art classes for children and adults in many different media both in the classroom and offsite locations.
Having spent time studying and practicing nature journaling, vision questing, and indigenous traditional medicine, Ben wrote a thesis on EEAT- Ecopsychological Expressive Art Therapy, which is in part the basis of his private practice.
Ben is also an officiant associated with the North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock, VT. Therein he officiates various rites of passage, such as weddings & memorial services, and other religious functions needed by the church. He has taught spiritual exploration at the North Chapel to local children K-3 through the use of the expressive arts since 2015.
Ben is an active member of the local community, current board member of Change the World Kids and member of the developing Woodstock Community Partnership.
Lastly, but not least, is he happily married, has two lovely children, and a wildly untrained dog. When not being a full time father, he might be found lost in the woods with his family, fishing for his favorite elusive brook trout.