Benjamin van Renesse

Benjamin joined Steinbrecher and Partners in January 2018, after years working with students in various therapeutic and academic settings.  


Benjamin has worked in Wilderness Therapy where he provided therapeutic guidance, medication administration, and behavioral intervention and instruction to adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges, in both wilderness and on campus settings. He engaged youth in seasonal horticultural therapy, saw firsthand the impact and benefits of the wilderness on youth in crisis, and worked with students as they reintegrated from wilderness therapy back into traditional academic settings.


Apart from his work in Wilderness Therapy, Benjamin has provided intensive in-school one-on-one behavioral support to children in grades K-12 with severe emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges for state run programs in Vermont and Maine. His work targeted negative in-school behaviors, and was essential to the development of educational and family treatment plans. His ability to build meaningful therapeutic rapport with students in crisis is a notable strength, and drives his passion for this work. Benjamin has also spent time inside the classroom, having taught English as a second language for four years in New York City, Japan and Russia.


At Steinbrecher and Partners, Benjamin works as an associate educational consultant with families in crisis and with preparatory school and college admissions placements. He is a Suffield Academy alum and grew up at the Darrow School during his father’s years as director of admissions. He brings intimate knowledge of the boarding milieu to conversations with families and helps guide them to a school that is the right fit for the student.

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Westport, CT 06880

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