Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP is the Founder and CEO of The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, Destination Hope, and The Academy for Addiction Professionals. He is also the founder of the Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to families and individuals living with mental illness who cannot afford mental health services. The organization also sponsors community outreach activities to educate the community about mental illness.
Brafman earned his Bachelors of Science at Syracuse University and Dual Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy from Barry University. He has over 20 years of practical experience, is a foremost authority on Substance Use Disorders, and has developed groundbreaking addiction and mental health treatment protocols. He is also a Certified Addiction Professional, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Supervisor of licensure for the state of Florida.
As a pioneer in the field, Brafman has established programs that offer individualized care and a one-on-one staff/patient ratio. Recognizing that different groups have different needs, he developed the first age-specific, gender-specific addiction and mental health treatment programs in this field. These diversified programs have proven to be a successful and sought-after model that he now teaches to treatment center owners across the country who have want to use his methods to treat addiction. A published author, Brafman’s continued success with The Sylvian Brafman Mental Health Center is a testament to his passion for helping others. He presents at universities, colleges, and conferences across the country, discussing issues and trends in the substance abuse and mental health community.