Don Bentley,LPC

Don Bentley,LPC

Telehealth Available
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC - 82752
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I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allegiance Life and Health
  • Alliance PPO
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • CalPERS
  • Cenpatico
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Coventry Health Care
  • GEHA Health Plans
  • GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
  • Highmark
  • Meritain Health
  • New Directions Behavioral Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Optum Health
  • United Behavioral Health
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Austin, Texas 78701

My Approach to Helping

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). My general approach to therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Additionally, I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. My practice has been focused on helping clients deal with anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. I also have an extensive background in substance use disorder.

My primary approach is using Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Combining these two modalities with Trauma Therapy, I believe that the client can develop a plan to move forward and resolve the issues that are causing hardship in their lives. Everything is tailored to the needs of the client.

Most of my practice has focused on adults 18 years and up, and I have worked with teens as well. My work with adults includes anxiety, substance use, marriage and other relationships, gender-affirming, PTSD, and parenting issues. I have worked with teens suffering from anxiety and social issues with great success.

I am personable, calm, and encouraging. I listen to the client without interruption, encouraging them to share what they are dealing with. I encourage my clients to trust that I have their best interests at heart and can provide guidance and comfort during their time with me. I don’t judge. Every client is unique in their own way and that makes their needs special. Helping the client find a new path in their life is what is most important.

I am a US Air Force veteran. After I left the Air Force, I was offered an opportunity to go back to school to train to become a Drug and Alcohol counselor. I was excited about the possibility of helping others learn what I had learned through personal experience about sobriety and recovery. My main exposure in that area of therapy has been men and women who were mandated by federal courts, county courts, and Child Protective Services to attend therapy. I then went on to receive a master’s degree in counseling and became an LPC. This gave me a wider scope for helping others. My own trauma and recovery experience led me to pursue this vocation. This is my calling.

Goal setting for each client is unique. There isn’t one template to help all people. During the goal formation portion of therapy, it is my practice to listen, take notes, and observe. When the client is finished, I convey what I have learned from them, and start the goal-setting process by asking questions. The answers to those questions, plus input from the client help with goal formation. Ultimately the client will identify the issues they want to work on and through therapy, additional goals can be identified and added to the program. Clients have goals, but it is their input that will develop a program that will help them resolve their issues.

Clients should expect a very relaxed approach to therapy with me. I am here to help guide them to a better place in their lives. During the first session I listen but I also ask questions to help me understand the needs of the client. Together the client and I determine the issues that need to be the primary focus. It is also a time for me to get to know the client, but also for them to get to know me. Establishing a strong therapeutic relationship is important, and it begins with the first session.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

Types of Therapy

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