Maria Elena  Bentey

Maria Elena Bentey


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New Jersey, New York Accepting Online
Updated March 2, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Codependency
  • Relationship issues
  • Women's issues
  • Abandonment issues

Professional statement

I have always been curious about human interactions and the story that someone tells. As a psychotherapist, I see that working with the human psyche in the Western world can present challenges. A place where "wellness" is fostered with approaches that seek to eliminate undesired behaviors and thought patterns. Instead, I work in a way that welcomes all aspects of you and your personality. I strive to create a space of exploration and I empower you with the necessary tools for behavior changes and healthier thought patterns. I bring a compassionate and curious approach to facilitating your journey toward understanding yourself more deeply and moving toward your desired change. This can only be done with compassionate understanding, empathy, and a holistic approach-an approach where pathology is not assumed. In my theoretical framework, we all possess the ability to heal our wounds, understand our thoughts, feelings and reactions, and then connect all of it to our hearts. If you are curious about who you are, why you are they way you are, how you feel, what you say, what you think and ultimately what makes you, you, I would be honored to take this journey with you so that you can experience healing, find the meanings you seek, and empower yourself. You possess the abilities to improve the quality of your life and relationships.

Message to clients

The quality of the relationship you have with yourself has the ability to set the foundation for life-long opportunities for happiness, satisfaction, decisiveness, healthy and purposeful relationships and overall optimal health from a mind, body and spirit perspective.

I do this by creating a safe, neutral, creative and exploratory space between therapist and client. I utilize an array of techniques to engage your senses so that you can more deeply connect with your inner & physical being and external surroundings. If this way of working resonates with you, please schedule an appointment with me today. I look forward to hearing from you.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Abandonment issues - Developing an understanding of one’s abandonment issues, including their origins and how they impact relationships; practicing trust and growing confidence in relationships


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Maria Elena Bentey is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150


Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1-3pm, 6pm
  • Tue 12pm
  • Wed 6pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed


New Jersey: 37PC00727400

New York: 009797