bentBenjamin Thelwell is a graduate of University of Maryland and University of Maine. He’s earned a BA in Philosophy, a BS in Business and Management, and a M.Ed in Counselor Education (which included both academic tracks of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling). He is a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor. He is also conditionally licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maine.

While in graduate school at the University of Maine, Ben was awarded the prestigious Thurgood Marshall Merit Scholarship and, after graduating with highest honors from his program, received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Counselor Education Award. He is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Study Program in the College of Education at the University of Maine.

Before working as a School Counselor, Ben enjoyed an extensive career in experiential education, which included working as an Outward Bound instructor, directing several outdoor adventure programs, and co-founding The Maine State Sea Kayak Guide Service of Southwest Harbor, Maine. He also taught psychology and designed and established the student and faculty counseling center for The American University of Vietnam located in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Ben lists art appreciation and the studies of depth psychology and mythology as his primary interests. He still enjoys off-shore sea kayaking and maintains his license as a Master Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Ben values his days working for Adams School, and feels fortunate to be collaborating with the students, teachers, staff, and parents who comprise this remarkable, bucolic center for learning.