emily bent

Life is simultaneously amazingly beautiful and painfully terrifying. How we cope with these terrifying and difficult moments can impact how we see and enjoy the beautiful moments life has to offer. When we are faced with these difficult moments, sometimes, we turn to unhealthy ways of coping, further blocking our ability to grow. I want to help you take back the control that these challenges have taken away from you, so you can lead a more satisfying life. You have the power within to overcome these difficulties and my goal is to help you tap into your inner strength and resources. I want to help you become the CEO of your life again.

My specialty is working with adolescents and young adults dealing with issues related to eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Additionally, I have a unique perspective when it comes to working with athletes who struggle with an eating disorder. I both competed and coached gymnastics and understand the benefits and downsides sports can have on the body and mind. I teach my clients how to manage the various obstacles, both big and small, that can arise in their life.

I have an integrative approach to counseling and I pull from a humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness orientation. I believe that the therapeutic relationship can be a powerful source of change and that without a safe, strong relationship, progress is often hindered. I believe in meeting the client where they are and tailoring services to each individual’s unique needs. Within therapy, I primarily focus on what matters to my client and what may be getting in the way of them living in accordance with their values. I also believe that self-care is extremely important for both clients and health care providers. Self-care activities that I enjoy are reading, hiking, movies, and spending time with loved ones.

I was born in Long Island, New York and spent my childhood years there. I moved with my family to Raleigh, North Carolina around the age of 11. I went to school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) where I obtained my dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. During my college years I spent a lot of time doing research and presenting the findings at multiple conferences. I understand the importance of staying up to date in research. It is also my duty as a counselor to ensure I am constantly learning new ways and approaches to better assist my clients in overcoming the challenges they are facing.

Once I graduated from UNC-Charlotte I moved to Washington, D.C. where I attended Marymount University and obtained my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counseling – Intern supervised by Louis Laves-Webb.

I may be an east coast yankee but I got to the south as fast as I could! And I am glad to be here in Austin, Texas.

I currently offer one group: