CARF Accredited

Let Life’s Journey be your trusted partner for comprehensive life improvement services. As a trusted behavioral health provider, you can be confident knowing that your choices lead in receiving personalized mental health services. Whether you are seeking individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, substance abuse treatment, or other mental health or wellness services, we are committed to helping you achieve all that you aspire to be on your road towards emotional health and wellness. We service Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and the greater Hampton Roads and Tidewater regions. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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Life’s Journey is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health and substance abuse services to the communities of the Hampton Roads/Tidewater region. Our focus is to provide cost-effective, quality treatment. We aim to create, promote, and maintain a positive customer relationship with our clients, referral sources, community stakeholders, clients and payers, associates and staff, and our community. Life’s Journey is expanding to provide comprehensive services for substance abuse treatment, services for justice-involved youth, and services to support families and children in our community.

Our Mission

Life’s Journey believes that we are all on our own personal journey in life. Life’s Journey focuses on promoting individuals achieving their most fulfilled life. Life’s Journey understands that we can all benefit from support along our journey and Life’s Journey is committed to working collaboratively with persons served in order to achieve and improve quality of life. Life’s Journey will provide quality mental health, substance abuse, and wellness services to the community focusing on self-empowerment to ensure the highest quality for individuals and their families. Life’s Journey will provide a holistic strengths-based approach using person-centered treatment planning.

Our Core Values

  • Right to be informed of treatment models
  • Right to be an integral part of treatment team
  • Right to advocate for treatment interventions
  • Right to be educated on mental health resources
  • Right to inclusive treatment

Our Vision

 All individuals and families in the Hampton Roads area will be able to easily access choice mental health, substance abuse, and wellness services in their local communities.

Our Promise to You

It is our diligent intention to create a comfortable, friendly, and safe environment where we will work together to achieve your goals.

Our Philosophy

Life’s Journey’s belief is that while every individual is living a journey through life a helping hand can make all the difference in living a happier and more productive life. This is based on the belief that every individual is entitled to strive to live to their highest ability to function with the goal of emotional stability. Life’s Journey understands current societal stressors and acknowledges the importance of an appropriate support system. Life’s Journey will provide mental health, substance abuse, and wellness services while acting as an advocate for social change within the population of individuals with seriously mentally ill disabilities. At Life’s Journey each individual will be placed with a counselor that can meet their needs on a personal and professional level. Life’s Journey, is an ethical agency that systematically abides by the human right regulations and all other ethical and confidential guidelines. When unethical situations occur our highly trained and professional staff will report the inappropriate actions to the appropriate community agency. Life’s Journey is a caring organization that seeks to expand the opportunities and possibilities for the individuals we serve.

Benicia Hernandez, LPC, CSAC, ACS
Best Life by Benicia

Our Founder

Life’s Journey founder Benicia Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Certified Life Coach, Approved Clinical Supervisor and Consultant. She has worked in the Behavioral Health Field in a variety of clinical settings for more than 10 years. Benicia’s vision was to develop an organization with a focus on empowering individuals and families to be an integral part of their mental health treatment. She believes partnership with consumers is paramount to achieving long term recovery and success in mental health treatment. As such, she has envisioned a company where consumers lead in selecting their comprehensive behavioral health care.

Life’s Journey was born from a construct in which a behavioral health provider can serve as a support system for consumers and they benefit from having a team of mental health professionals collaborate along their own life’s journey. We are a licensed mental health agency focused on empowerment, access to care, and providing evidenced based treatment interventions to individual and families. We are proud to have received our Small, Women-Owned, and Minority-Owned Business (SWaM) certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). Life’s Journey is committed to providing services that focus on enhancing our client’s quality of life and expanding their ability to meet the needs and demands they encounter on a daily basis. Benicia and the Life’s Journey team is always striving to improve and provide the highest quality of mental health treatment.

With a deep understanding that every individual can benefit from help along life’s diverging pathways, Benicia has dedicated her career to helping others achieve the “best life” that they can. With the launch of Best Life by Benicia, she has extended her outreach as a Life Journey Coach, blogger, speaker and advocate for women looking to transform their lives.

Our Insurance Participation

Life’s Journey participates with the insurance providers listed below. Note that programs, services, and coverage may vary depending on your individual insurance plan’s benefits. Please call our office at 757-622-0700 or contact your insurance provider with questions about coverage.

Mental Health Skill-Building Services (MHSS), Crisis Stabilization Services (CSS), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT):
Aetna, Anthem, Magellan, Molina , United 

Outpatient Therapy, Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Treatment, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT):
Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Magellan, Molina, Medicare, Tricare, United  

CARF Accreditation

CARF Accredited Gold SealCARF International is an independent, nonprofit organization that surveys and accredits health and human services providers worldwide. A service or program that is CARF accredited has passed an in-depth on-site review and has demonstrated substantial conformance to internationally recognized standards for quality.

Life’s Journey has been accredited by CARF International under the following programs and services:

  • Community Integration: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Crisis Intervention: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)

Our accreditation is a public commitment that we strive to:

  • Involve persons served and their families in their service planning.
  • Respect individual cultural preferences.
  • Be accountable to our funding sources, referral agencies, and the community at large.
  • Address health and safety concerns, such as building safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Maintain management practices that are efficient, cost-effective, and based on outcomes and consumer satisfaction.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit