Allison Ray Benavides,LCSW

Allison Ray Benavides,LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 104786
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • United
For TX residents, visit for up-to-date insurance options.
For CA residents, I am unable to take insurance at this time (coming June 2024) but am able to offer a sliding scale.
Out of pocket is $150 for a 53 minute session.
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Evening Availability


San Antonio, Texas 78209

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My Approach to Helping

Do you have intrusive symptoms? These can be feelings of shame that arise out of nowhere. Or memories we aren't trying to think of. For some, it's unproductive thoughts that go round and round. Or chronic pain or fatigue. Or a negative inner critic that can't seem to keep their opinions to themselves.

Often PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic, chronic physical pain and illness show up together. Often these symptoms make it hard to show up to life. We can learn to turn down the dial that pushes us outside our window of tolerance. As an experienced medical social worker (now in private practice), I pay attention to symptoms of distress, noting frequency and severity. We'll assess what's going on, target your suffering, and find effective interventions to practice together.

My methods are simple, targeted and effective. I've been trained in the following modalities that work very well:
- Pain Reprocessing Therapy
- Internal Family System
- EFT, aka "tapping"
- Vagus Nerve Theory
- Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy
- Buddhist Psychology and Mindfulness

I am intimately informed by alternative and complimentary healing methods as well, including:
- Reiki and other healing touch modalities
- Yoga
- The Wise Woman Herbalism Tradition
- Jungian and Depth Psychologies
- The sacred through any voice

My Client's are often attracted to my nurturing, holistic approach. I also like to laugh a lot. Many are curious about exploring how to incorporate the sacred or non-ordinary states of consciousness into their healing. Many are living in pain or coping with a chronic illness. Many are in the last part of their life. Often I work with young women or men in therapy for the first time. And often I find myself working with other therapists.

I am currently accepting new Clients. Email me at to schedule a consult. Looking forward to connecting :)

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Chronic Pain Management, Trauma, Low Self Worth, Loss & Grief, Coping With A Chronic Medical Condition, Depression & Anxiety, Caregiver Role Stress, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Just feeling weird or wrong all the time, Life Transitions, Getting Older

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Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    If you have chronic pain - physical or emotional - I'm here for you. An experienced medical and hospice social worker, I am a good fit for those coping with:
    - chronic pain, fatigue, or nausea
    - managing a medical diagnosis
    - issues related to aging
    - a terminal illness
    - caregiver role stress
    - accidental dependence to medications
    - or loss (relationship, limb, life)

    I also have experience supporting those with:
    - trauma
    - mood disorders (depression, anxiety, panic)
    - a child with special needs
    - and feelings of low self worth

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Elder Abuse
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Men's Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Psychedelic and Altered State Integration Therapy
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illness
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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