Meet the Team
Ben Jones, MS
Ben’s responsibilities include supervising and managing the staff while working with them to create an environment where our clients can maximize their potential. Ben is committed to motivating and empowering the clients and working with the team to help every person that comes to Tulip Hill Recovery.
In 2014, Ben started working as a behavioral health technician. In this position, he learned how to communicate with clients, allowing him the opportunity to assist them in overcoming their struggles and continuing to push forward. Ben had many opportunities to de-escalate clients in high-stress situations, which prepared him to move forward in his career. After about one year, Ben was promoted to work as a case manager, assisting clients with getting back into school, monitoring their grades, obtaining transcripts, and handling legal issues. Ben later became an admissions counselor, working closely with families of the clients in order to inform them about the program and ensure that it was a perfect fit for them. He also facilitated tours with families and professionals in the field. Ben spent a year as an intern counselor while working towards his master’s Degree in counseling. Throughout his time as an intern, Ben would facilitate groups, carry a case load, and complete documentation, gaining experience and knowledge from the rest of the clinical team.
Ben graduated with his Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Lynn University. He received his Bachelor of Science at Middle Tennessee State University.
Ben is originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Laura Ames, LCSW
Laura leads the clinical team by providing supervision to clinical staff and collaborating with team members to ensure our clients get the highest quality of care. She works closely with families to educate them on how to support, not enable, their loved ones. Laura also conducts group therapy using process techniques, experiential therapy, and psychoeducation. During her individual therapy sessions, Laura uses cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive reframing, and dialectal behavior therapy.
With several years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health fields, Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Professional. Before working at Tulip Hill Recovery, she worked at Life of Purpose Treatment as a Primary Therapist and Clinical Director, South County Mental Health Center on the Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Delray Recovery Center as an Intensive Outpatient Therapist.
Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s in degree in psychology. She also received her master’s degree in social work from Florida Atlantic University.
Tess Jones, BA
Director of Operations
Tess works with our clients in a variety of areas while maintaining constant communication with clinical staff to ensure each person is receiving collaborative care. Her daily duties may include anything from correspondence with legal representatives or probation officers to coordination of outside medical providers. She assists clients in applying to and succeeding in academic institutions by monitoring assignments, due dates and grades. Tess is also responsible for planning and upholding administrative policies and procedures for Tulip Hill Recovery. She works to ensure organizational effectiveness and improve day to day operations for the facility.
Tess was raised in New Jersey and graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She is also a licensed massage therapist (LMT), having attended Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, Florida. Before opening Tulip Hill Recovery, Tess worked for several years in the substance use disorder treatment field in both South Florida and Middle Tennessee.