About Dr. Paula Bennett, Ph.D., LMFT, CMFT

Although our 23 acre estate is an idyllic natural setting, ambiance does not replace professional high-quality care.

In addition to doctoral studies, Dr. Paula Bennett, Ph.D., LMFT, has put in more than 3,000 supervised hours of therapy to earn a clinical rating with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy.

She has extensive advanced training in the United States and abroad—including a certificate of hypnosis from the Milton Erickson Institute in Brussels, Belgium, and a certificate of advanced training in systematic family therapy from Boscolo and Cecchin of the Milano School in Italy.

Dr. Bennett consults with a physician when needed and upholds the highest standards of the ethics of her profession. Additionally, she is licensed as a MFT by the Board of Professional Regulation of the State of Wisconsin (#544) and certified by the AAMFT (#23735).

" For almost 30 years, I have worked with couples in injured relationships. Usually, no matter how severe the problem, they don't really want to end the marriage--only the pain of it. I work on that principle, taking a practical, no-blame approach, focusing on solutions through understanding, personal strengths, and change. Couples learn to take into account each other's male/female differences and to speak and act with compassion and appreciation. Though the work takes energy and focus, it's rarely dull, and humor is often our good and irresistible friend. The length of therapy usually runs between one and ten sessions, depending on the complexity and the couple's willingness to change. Like cooks, we know when the cake is done. Surmounting challenges gives relationships new strength and well-earned satisfaction. Therefore, we work together optimistically, knowing that most marriages can surpass survival; they can recapture and deepen love. "

Dr. Paula Bennett, Ph.D.

Nature Haven Counseling



        • PhD, University of Nebraska, Family Systems, 1996
        • EdM, Boston University, Psychological Counseling, 1985
        • MA, Boston University, International Relations, 1984
        • MS, Boston University, Business Administration, 1981

License/Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy

        • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Wisconsin – License # 544

Other Licenses/Certifications

        • Certificate in Gerontology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1995
        • Certified Hypnotherapist, Institut Milton Erikson of Brussels, Belgium
        • Certified AGAPE (Adult Growth and Parental Effectiveness) instructor
        • Special advanced training with Boscolo and Cecchin (Milano Group) in Systemic Family Therapy


    • Weekly relationship column, Pumpkin Seeds, published in two Wisconsin newspapers
    • Bennett, P. & Meredith, W. (1994). The role of the Chinese grandmother: A
      departure from the Confucian ideal. International Journal of Sociology of the Family.
      January, 1995.
    • Bennett, P. Wisdom great and small: Omaha Indian grandmothers recount their lives.
    • Accepted for publication as book by Nebraska Press.

Professional Affiliations

    • American Association for Counseling and Development, European Branch
    • Board of Governors, 1985 and 1989
    • Program Director for BENELUX countries, 1986
    • Keynote Speaker, 1989 Convention
    • Kappa Omicron Nu, Scholastic Honorary Fraternity
    • Phi Kappa Alpha, Scholastic Honorary Fraternity

Honors & Awards

    • Illinois Governor’s Award for Literacy and Learning
    • Scholarship Achievement Medallion, University of Maryland
    • Scholarship Achievement Medallion, Univ of Maryland
    • Dean’s Commendation for High Honors for each masters degree
    • Army Commendation for Community Service
    • Jeanne Vierk Yeutter Fellowship, awarded to Distinguished Graduate Assistant,
    • College of Human Resources & Family Sciences, Univ of Nebraska
    • Warren F. and Edith R. Day Funding Award for Dissertation Research

Languages spoken other than English

      • French