Ben Kohls, PhD

Ben Kohls



Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Treatment Focus:

Specializes in working with issues of defiance and aggression in children and adolescents, trauma, spiritual concerns, couples and relationship issues, as well as anxiety, depression, anger management, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and family conflict.


Dr. Kohls joined Christian Family Solutions in 2018. He earned his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Dakota, a Master of Science in Community Counseling from MSU-Mankato, and a Bachelor of Science in Staff Ministry from Martin Luther College.

Dr. Kohls has been practicing for over 10 years and has experience working with youth, families, and adults in a wide range of clinical settings, including residential care, in-home therapy, acute inpatient psychiatric hospital care, partial hospital programing, and outpatient clinics.

Dr. Kohls integrates biblical truths into the counseling process while utilizing skills and strategies grounded in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. When working with children, he uses non-directive and directive play therapy techniques to assist them with self-expression and skill acquisition. In his work with couples and families, Dr. Kohls applies Structural Family Therapy interventions to support the development of healthy boundaries, problem-solving, and closeness.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Kohls taught graduate courses in clinical mental health counseling at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University from 2012-2018. He also served as a clinical instructor and supervisor for the USD Sanford School of Medicine. He currently teaches courses in counseling and psychology at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN.



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