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Samantha Bender, LCSW
In session, I tend to focus on strengths, solutions, and your unique experiences.

Our Team

Samantha Bender, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

TX

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

When it comes to therapy, my priority is YOU. In order for therapy to be effective, you have to feel comfortable and know that you’re in a safe space with a trusted individual. A space where you can show up as your authentic self and openly speak about your goals, dreams, needs, and problems. That’s my goal for each session. Your goals for your therapy are just as important! Together, we’ll work to identify your goals and steps you can take to reach them. In session, I tend to focus on strengths, solutions, and your unique experiences. We’ll combine your unique strengths, values, and perspectives with evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, to help you live a life that you love.

Therapy is hard work, but therapy can be many different things. It can be the place where you heal from trauma, a place where you finally prioritize boundaries and self-care, a place where you learn to cope with burnout and anxiety, a place where you address your attachment issues and fears about your relationship, and so much more. Let’s find out what therapy will be for you.

Education

MSW - Social Work, University of North Carolina Wilmington

License Number and State

TX 107103

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

Having benefited from my own mental healthcare, I know how incredibly important it can be to be heard, validated, supported, and even challenged when you need it. I aim to be the type of therapist who can offer that type of care to someone else.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy reading and eating. I tend to read self-help books or thriller/horror novels. When it comes to food, I don’t care if it’s a greasy cheeseburger, a several course meal, a food I’ve had one hundred times, or a food I’ve never heard of.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Writing is incredibly therapeutic for me. Whether I’m setting or evaluating goals, journaling about my experiences, writing letters, practicing gratitude, or planning out my day, you’ll never see me far from my planner, a notebook, and (possibly too many) highlighters.

How do you recharge?

Self-care! A warm bath with a Lush bath bomb followed by a skincare routine is incredibly recharging and relaxing for me. Even better when paired with an iced coffee and a true crime podcast.

Do you have any pets?

I have two cats: Bellamy and Shiva. I honestly can’t pick a favorite pet story because I am absolutely that stereotypical person who thinks everything their cat does is the cutest thing ever. You’ll likely see my cats in our sessions and I hope I can meet any of your pets too!