Benjamin Maxson

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

License or Registration #

AMFT # 112569

Degrees/Schools Attended

  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy | Hope International University – College of Psychology and Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism | California State University of Long Beach


Joanna Schrudder, LMFT #53423


Languages Spoken

  • English

Age Range

  • Adolescence [12-20]
  • Young Adult [21-35]
  • Adulthood [35-50]
  • Midlife [50-80]


  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Cisgender
  • Non-Binary
  • Other
  • Any


  • Virtual (telehealth)
  • Huntington Beach

Population Focus

My name is Benjamin Maxson and I am an associate marriage and family therapist with diverse experience, approaching full licensure. I highly value authenticity, positivity and kindness. I want to build a therapeutic relationship with you that is unique, depending on who you are, your personality, your humor and your needs. I don’t believe every approach is right for every person and I will take an approach that fits you with plenty of feedback to make sure you feel seen, understood and supported.

I have a very positive and optimistic outlook on life and the various hurdles that come with it and I want to work alongside you to process, find healing and restoration. I will also assist you to be equipped with practical tools, communication and new outlooks to help you reach your goals in life and in relationship.

I specialize in self-image, identity, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, addiction, couples therapy, trauma informed therapies, anxiety management, depression, communication coaching, faith integration and spiritual problems/spiritual or moral injury. I am EMDR trained and have experience working with single or complex trauma and it’s impact on worldview, emotion regulation, self-confidence and relationships.

I am eclectic in the modalities that I use depending on what approach will be most beneficial. Some of the approaches that I use include: CBT, DBT, EMDR, Gottman’s Couples Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Attachment, Solutions-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Experiential, Communication Coaching, Role modeling, Role Playing and Intergenerational Family therapy.

Issues Treated

  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Affairs/Infidelity
  • Alcohol Abuse/Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Career Change
  • Child Behavioral Issues
  • Codependency
  • Communication/Conflict
  • Coping Skills
  • Couple/Marital Issues
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse/Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Friendship Problems
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual (GLB) Life/Relationship Issues
  • Gender Roles
  • Grief & Loss
  • Intergenerational Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital Issues
  • Men’s Issues
  • Panic Attacks
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pre-Marital
  • PTSD
  • Remarriage/Stepfamily
  • Religious Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming/Self-Injury
  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity
  • Sibling Issues
  • Social Problems
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Teen Issues
  • Trauma
  • Work Issues

Therapeutic Orientation

  • Attachment
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Experiential
  • Family Education
  • Family Systems
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Harm Reduction
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychoeducation
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Solution-Focused
  • Systems Therapy