Introducing Our Team

Holistic, Non 12-Step Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii

Jean-Francois Benoist


Jean-Francois Benoist is the creator of Core Belief Restructuring (CBR), upon which The Exclusive Hawaii program is based. He is a certified professional counselor trained at The Option Institute International Learning and Training Center. He began his studies in human development and empowerment in 1983 with Robert Hargrove and Relationships, Inc., and has been deeply involved in mentoring others for over twenty years.

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and Author of Addicted to The Monkey Mind, Jean-Francois has a breadth of experience in helping individuals, couples, and families address and heal issues involving addictions, physical violence, sexual abuse, relationship concerns, critical health challenges, eating disorders, conflict resolution, and depression. He is versed in individual therapy as well as group counseling.

The direct correlation between deeply-held beliefs and painful addictions is Jean-Francois’ highly-refined specialty. He is highly experienced and rigorously trained in a Socratic methodology and deep listening, enabling him to impart powerful life-changing skills that create immediate results.

Jean-Francois is a gifted guide in uncovering the hidden core beliefs that create addictions and mental and emotional roadblocks. He is known for his commitment to lifelong, core-level change, accompanied with his upbeat, empowering passion for life.

Jean-Francois combines his skills as a professional trainer with his firsthand experience growing up with a high-profile father who battled an alcohol addiction. Jean-François fought the all-too-common battles of his own addiction and depression, and even overcame life-threatening illness and injury – all this making him an extremely strong and compassionate counselor and guide. He provides a safe and unique learning experience which embodies his own emotional intelligence and years of helping people heal their lives. His clients easily recognize his authenticity and trust his impeccable commitment to integrity and confidentiality.

Clients may even get a glimpse of another side of Jean-Francois ― the avid surfer, musician, husband, father of 3 and ice hockey player!