Our vision is that Honey Lake Clinic will be an
instrument that God uses to bring His love,
forgiveness, peace, joy, and deep healing
in a practical and life-changing way.

Our vision is that Honey Lake Clinic will be an instrument that God uses to bring His love, forgiveness, peace, joy, and deep healing in a practical and life-changing way.

Honey Lake Clinic came into existence when a group of pastors, clinicians, and businessmen realized the dire need for Christian mental health treatment in the US. While a number of addiction and mental health treatment facilities can be found across the country, none have a holistic approach to deeply address a patient’s mind, body, and spirit.

Honey Lake Clinic is a scenic facility with Christian staffing and a Christ-centered program that practically heals past wounds and equips people with Godly decision-making skills to transform their lives.

Our 24/7 assessment, diagnostic, and intensive behavioral health treatment services are delivered by a highly trained and compassionate staff that provides much individualized care – all at an affordable price.

Honey Lake Clinic’s 5 Keys to Treatment Success

Intensive research and our experience has helped us zero in on 5 key factors
that provide a strong foundation for a lasting transformation process.

Intensive research and our experience has helped us zero in on 5 key factors that provide a strong foundation for a lasting transformation process.

Intensity of Treatment

Duration: 40-50 hours of treatment and supervised activities each week, as opposed to outpatient therapies of 1 to 25 hours per week

Residential Setting: A caring environment away from everyday distractions to help you focus on the learning and application of skills taught

Psychological Depth

Expertise of Staff: A highly professional and experienced psychotherapist team comprising licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists

Great Content: Practical focus for teaching you how to slow your mind and regain control of your thoughts, emotions, and decisions

Treatment Modalities: CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy

Therapist Caseload: Maximum of six patients per primary therapist at any given time and three individual sessions with each patient per week

Spiritual Truths

Christian Aspect: Successful integration of Christ-centered and Biblical principles into all the various treatment programs, sessions and groups

Medical Depth

Sound Psychological Help: A licensed psychiatrist to rule out any medical issues, accurately diagnose psychological issues, and prescribe correct medications

Practical Application

Learn and Apply: Ample time to allow a thorough understanding and application of psychological tools and decision-making skills that are taught

Meet Our Founders

A Christian psychiatrist, Dr. Karl Benzio has successfully helped many addiction facilities integrate his faith-informed decision-making curriculum to improve their psychological and medical treatments.

While serving as a consultant, Dr. Karl met David Hoskins who was running a treatment facility. Together, they dreamed of building a facility – with Christian staffing and a Bible-based program – that would practically heal past wounds and equip people with Godly decision-making skills to transform their lives.

In 2016, they were connected with Pastor Stovall from Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL, who had a beautiful retreat center and wanted to use it to minister to hurting people. God opened up amazing doors and brought in the right staff – that’s how Honey Lake Clinic was born!

A Christian psychiatrist, Dr. Karl Benzio has successfully helped many addiction facilities integrate his faith-informed decision-making curriculum to improve their psychological and medical treatments.

While serving as a consultant, Dr. Karl met David Hoskins who was running a treatment facility. Together, they dreamed of building a facility – with Christian staffing and a Bible-based program – that would practically heal past wounds and equip people with Godly decision-making skills to transform their lives.

In 2016, they were connected with Pastor Stovall from Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL, who had a beautiful retreat center and wanted to use it to minister to hurting people. God opened up amazing doors and brought in the right staff – that’s how Honey Lake Clinic was born!

Intensive research and our experience has helped us zero in on 5 key factors that provide a strong foundation for a lasting transformation process.

Our Medical Director

Dr. Karl Benzio, MD

Karl Benzio, M.D., is a Christian psychiatrist, writer, frequent media guest—TV, radio, print, and Internet—and preferred conference speaker over a wide range of Behavioral Health issues and their impact on individuals, families, society, and social policy issues.

Education:
Dr. Benzio received his B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering with focus in Central Nervous System imaging from Duke University, his M.D. from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his Psychiatric Residency at UC–Irvine.

PsychoSpiritual Philosophy
Dr. Benzio’s training and experience as a physician (BODY), psychiatrist (MIND), as a biomedical engineer (BRAIN CIRCUITRY), as a devoted follower of Jesus Christ (SPIRIT)—and as a sinner who used to drink to excess—combine in Karl’s having developed a unique cutting-edge BioPsychoSpiritual model focusing on the Spiritual Discipline of Decision-Making.

Dr. Benzio’s SPEARS tool has been powerfully effective in helping many patients access the psychospiritual healing and awakening Jesus taught, role-modeled, and provides.

Professional Highlights:
A broad range of experience and a wide variety of field-related opportunities and activities contribute to Dr. Benzio’s practice.

  • Practicing psychiatrist since 1989
  • Provided expert testimony for the President’s Bioethics Committee
  • Provided expert testimony for the United States Congress regarding Behavioral Health issues following natural disasters
  • Provided expert testimony for a number of state legislatures and District of Columbia on various social policy issues, including abortion/prolife, right of conscience, same sex marriage, homosexuality, transgender, and physician assisted suicide.
  • Recognized and awarded by the Salvation Army for Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts and aid
  • Taught workshops in counseling, marriage, parenting, forgiveness, leadership, decision-making
  • Taught college courses in conflict resolution skills to pastors, community leaders, and college students in Kenya after the bombing of the U.S. Embassy
  • Led a team of 7 to teach counseling and decision-making skills while facilitating a healing workshop for 50 mentors and 486 children, victims of Joseph Kony’s ruthless abuses in Uganda and Sudan
  • Led the first Behavioral Health team invited by the Iraqi government into post-Hussein Iraq, consulting and teaching his Decision-Making and Treatment curriculum to Muslim Iraqi national healthcare providers and Christian churches
  • Serves on Focus on the Family’s Physician Resource Council, reviewing content and resources for medical, psychological, and scientific accuracy using a Biblical worldview
  • Served as Pennsylvania State Director of the American Academy of Medical Ethics
  • Member of various national task forces fighting physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, abortion, stem cell research, legalization of recreational marijuana, same-sex marriage legislation and related issues, protecting freedom of religion, Right of Conscience for professionals, and access to pro-heterosexual and birth-gender affirming therapy
  • Member and media spokesperson for the Christian Medical and Dental Association
  • Content provider for iDisciple and YouVersion
  • Member and Regular Addiction Track Conference speaker for American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Writes the unique Stepping Stones Daily Devotional impacting many around the world
  • Dr. Karl’s Life Change Radio Minute airs daily on over 425 radio stations

Mission:
Dr. Benzio passionately continues the behavioral health revolution the Great Physician and Wonderful Counselor, Jesus, started; revealing science’s validation of the Bible, demonstrating the Bible has the answers for healing our minds and transforming our lives, and helping Christians become Lighthouse’s so others would see God’s power, love, forgiveness, grace, and peace through their Biblical living.

Current Occupation:

  • Private practice located in Doylestown, PA,
  • Founder and Director of Lighthouse Network, a national nonprofit ministry. Lighthouse Network develops Faith-based Behavioral Health life impacting resources. Lighthouse Helpline provides expertise in connecting struggling people to faith-based addiction and mental health treatment options. www.LighthouseNetwork.org
  • Honey Lake Clinic Medical Director, providing clinical guidance to staff and direct psychiatric care for the patients in a unique Christian residential setting.

Personal:
Karl married his best friend, Martine, in [year], together raising three daughters: Dominique (husband Adam), Nicole (fiancé Connor), and Gigi. Karl loves travel, psychologically intriguing TV shows/movies, anything about decision-making, and sports, especially Pittsburgh and Duke teams.

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Meet Our Clinical Director

Dr Thomas

Dr. Thomas E. Smith has been a clinician, researcher, supervisor and professor for over 30 years. He has nearly one hundred publications spanning the fields of family therapy, social work, psychology and financial therapy. He has been awarded over three million dollars in extramural funding. He was formerly the Training Director for an accredited postmasters’ training program in family therapy in Milwaukee and is now a tenured Professor of Social Work at Florida State University. He is a licensed social worker in Florida, Qualified Supervisor and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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