Behavioral health expert Ben Brafman has been treating, educating and expanding the opportunities for treatment for individuals with behavioral health issues for more than 20 years.  Ben offers his patients, students and colleagues the latest integrative treatments for mental health and behavioral health.

Few others in his field can match his level of experience, compassion and zeal to seek improvement. From developing new treatment protocols to founding a nationally recognized alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to founding an academy for professional enhancement and a non-profit focused on improving access to treatment, Ben is intimately involved in all aspects of behavioral health management.

What is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral health is the relationship between behavior and physical well being.  It is a complex field, that includes disorders such as anxiety and depression as well as substance abuse and trauma resolution. From the disease of addiction to dual diagnosis and mental health disorders, the field of behavioral health aims to put those suffering from a variety of disorders back on a path to healthy living.

Ben’s Behavioral Health Philosophy

Integrative treatments, that take into account the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health of an individual are a key aspect of successful behavioral health treatment.  Often an individual suffers from more than one disorder at a time, and integrative treatments lead to more success with symptom management instead of an all in one approach.

Ben believes each individual deserves respect, compassion and a team approach to recovery.  Clients find that his integrated approach, what he calls the bio-pyscho-social model of living.  He and his team have helped hundreds of individuals overcome substance abuse and the disease of addiction.

About Ben Brafman

Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP,  is a behavioral health expert with more than two decades of experience.   Founder and CEO of Destination Hope, a nationally recognized drug and alcohol treatment facility, Ben provides clinical guidance and leadership to the addiction community, while still working hands on with individuals that suffer from behavioral health disorders.

Experience and knowledge don’t make an expert, and Ben has sought not only to advance treatment protocols for behavioral health disorders, but also to increase the opportunities for access to treatment.  Ben is actively involved in a number of community programs and addiction education programs and speaks regularly on behavioral health disorders and treatment options.

Ben has experience serving clients and leading therapy programs at a variety of residential, clinical and outpatient behavioral health programs.  Ben is a Member of the Mental Health Association, the Broward County Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol and a member of the Dual Diagnosis Association.  He is a nationally certified counselor, a certified addiction professional, a licensed mental health counselor and an anger management specialist.

Ben holds a BA from Syracuse University and an MA in Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy from Barry University.



  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Family Systems Realignment & Therapy
  • Men’s Issues
  • Personality Disorder Management
  • Life Coaching
  • Group Counseling
  • Behavioral Health Education & Training