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Samantha Bender, LCSW

Samantha Bender, LCSW

She/her

Licensed in TX #107103
Insurances Accepted: Aetna
I work with clients to acknowledge what they want to change, identify what results they want, and then implement strategies to reach those results.

My Therapy Style

How people experience the world, collectively and individually, has always been one of my interests. When you explore your own experiences, you uncover thoughts and feelings about the world, yourself, and others that you've always been aware of and some you may not have considered before. These thoughts and feelings impact everything you do, from the way you handle conflict to the negative comments you make to yourself to your ability to use effective coping skills. Once you've identified the thoughts and behaviors that are working against you, you can work to change them in ways that help you rather than harm you.

Using this perspective, I work with clients to acknowledge what they want to change, identify what results they want, and then implement strategies to reach those results. My style of therapy is very collaborative, and focused on your goals and strengths. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, and a DBT-informed approach to help clients learn coping skills, improve their relationships with others and themselves, and increase the positive in their lives while decreasing the symptoms that brought them to therapy.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Work, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Get to Know Me

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!