111 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
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(404) 518-1018
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Hello! Congratulations on getting here and on making the decision to pursue your personal growth and emotional health.  I believe that a good working relationship between the therapist and client is vital to success in therapy.  I will always treat you with respect and compassion and I will work collaboratively with you to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve your goals.  In our work together, I will offer encouragement, and I will challenge you to be curious about understanding your motivation and choices.  

In therapy, I tailor my approach to each individual, integrating skills and theories from several different psychotherapy modalities (cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, family systems, and humanistic/existential theories). Because I respect strength and resilience, I will help you recognize and enhance that in yourself. I believe that healthy relationships are a cornerstone to happy and fulfilled lives and I am committed to nurturing them. I also believe that both acceptance and change are important, that it is helpful to approach life with a sense of humor, and that balance in all areas is essential to emotional well-being. I listen attentively and actively participate by providing guidance, encouragement, and feedback while also striving to create an environment that is personal, warm, and non-judgmental.

I work with adults and adolescents. This work will be done individually and/or as part of a couple or family, whichever is most appropriate to your needs.  I specialize in the treatment of trauma (past or current) and relationship difficulties. Additionally, my work commonly includes the treatment of depression or anxiety, help coping effectively with work and life stress, and assisting couples and families through difficult transitions. I also draw on my own business background to coach executives to be more effective leaders and managers.

If it sounds like we may be a good fit, please call me (404-518-1018), or email me at drbender@thrivecenter.com, and I will be happy to discuss any questions you have and schedule an appointment. I look forward to talking to you.

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