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Posted November 17, 11:30am.

Donald P. Bentley, LCSW, BCD has been recertified as a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a prestigious national credential for advanced clinical social workers. Issued by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), The BCD is annually renewable based on high levels of professional achievement and maintenance of state licensure in good standing.

Clinical social workers provide more mental health services than any other profession in America. With over 200,000 practitioners, clinical social workers assist millions of Americans each year.

Bentley maintains his clinical social work practice with a special focus on marriage, family relationships, and military issues. He was also recently honored as one of six "top guns", from a pool of eight thousand therapists throughout the nation, for his efforts in providing outstanding services for military members and their families.

Bentley received his graduate education at San Diego State University, is licensed in California, and has provided mental health services for over thirty years.

He may be reached at (760) 445-1851 or

Local Therapist Recognized for Service to Military Families

Posted October 07, 09:30am.

Donald Bentley, a licensed psychotherapist in Oceanside was selected by Ceridian Corporation as one of six mental health professionals who have demonstrated the very best in providing counseling for service members and their families through the Military OneSource program.

These six "top guns" are part of a network of over 8000 professionals throughout the U.S. and its territories who provide short-term, solution-focused counseling at no cost to military members and families, including those in the National Guard and Reserves. This type of counseling of six sessions or less is for non-psychiatric issues such as marital conflict and not for serious illness such as depression or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The six therapists from different regions throughout the country were brought to Arlington, Virginia, for the first Top Gun Provider Advisory Group Meeting, September 18-19. They learned about the many resources that Military OneSource offers and shared their experiences and ideas about counseling our military families.

Military OneSource is a 24-hour service provided by the Department of Defense and free to all active duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families. Consultants provide information on a wide range of issues and make referrals including for counseling. Military family member may visit the Web site or call1-800-342-9647. Donald Bentley may be reached at (760) 445-1851 or his web site:

Results-focused Military Training

Posted April 10, 06:22am.

Donald P. Bentley is a Vietnam veteran who understands military issues and supports military personnel and their families in:

  • Significantly reducing the impact of military stressors
  • Managing marital conflict
  • Improving productive communication
  • Developing coping skills and problem solving strategies
  • Achieving higher levels of happiness and hopefulness

Site Launch: Donald P. Bentley

Posted March 5, 10:17am.

Donald P. Dentley, LCSW BSD has opened a new website.

Email us your Thoughts

Posted January 8, 04:36pm.

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New Office Hours

Posted November 9, 09:02am.

We have posted new office hours:

  • 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Limited Evening Appointments also available