Joe Bene, Psy.D.

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Education: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Clinical Psychology, Psy.D. Psychology

Specialties: Children and adolescents, substance abuse and dual diagnosis, anger management, depression and anxiety

Offices: Manheim, Hershey

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Bene, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients are invited to first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Joseph Bene Jr. received his bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and his master’s from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. After working several years in his chosen field, he refined his skills by earning his doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   Dr. Bene completed his internship with Park Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and he currently resides in the Lebanon area. 

Dr. Bene is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has recently joined the staff at Psychological Health Affiliates (PHA) providing services in PHA’s Manheim and Hershey offices. While passionate about providing clinical service to individuals of all ages including children, adolescents and adults, areas of special interest include counseling dually diagnosed individuals struggling with both substance abuse and mental health challenges, adolescents struggling with pain and anger, as well as individuals of all ages experiencing OCD, ADHD, ODD, depression and anxiety. He also has extensive experience working with adults in areas of marriage and relational therapy. 

His treatment approach is best described as integrative, using a range of therapeutic interventions including  cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, dual diagnosis treatment and others to individualize treatment to the individual and/or situation to obtain the best possible treatment outcome.