I have been a therapist for over 32 years and I have worked in many different areas. I have been a director and supervisor of a practice for over ten years. I have been with the same company for the past 20 years. I have worked in the hospital doing group and individual therapy, I have done crisis intervention with clients, I have worked with a wide range of issues, including autism, addiction, anger issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma , death, physical abuse or emotional abuse.
My therapy style is person-centered. I look at the needs of you the client I believe the relationship starts by forming a working relationship between myself and the client. it is my belief that acceptance for therapy from the individual is the only way therapy can really work. In the past 2 years due to Covid-19 I have found that tele-health is an effective tool to help others. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy.
It Is hard to take time out of our busy schedules to take care of the inner us that is one advantage of tele-health, it is hard for some to go into an office setting, it really takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and walk with you through this change. My definition of counseling is me being "A agent of Change."
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
KY LPCC 104541
Dr.Bentley is someone who has truly mastered the ability to put himself in your shoes. The expertise and experience he has demonstrated not only is personable but it is also practical. There has never been a cookie cutter response or session. The coping mechanisms and therapies he has taught me have been such an incredible asset to my growth I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Bentley
Written on Apr 21, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
Outstanding individual, ive only had one session with him, but his wisdom and insight help me gain perspective.
Written on Jul 17, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Dr. Bentley is such a a gracious soul. If you are looking for someone to listen to you and ask questions to try and understand you, he's your guy. He is always quietly listening no matter how much or little you talk. He asks questions to try and better understand you and your life so he can advise you thoroughly. He gives you gentle prompts to think about with stories from different cases to back it up. If you are someone looking for support I would highly recommend Dr. B!
Written on Jul 11, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks
Very good at listening through the humor I use for my shield. He picks up on the unsaid and asks if I’m comfortable exploring further. Allows me to choose the pace and has created a comfortable and safe environment.
Written on Mar 31, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 3 weeks