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Child and Family Counseling Center PLLC

Kelly Bentel, Ph.D., LPC

Melisa Rau, LPC

Kaci Wright, LPC-Associate  

Kelly Bentel, Ph.D., LPC 

Kelly enjoys and has spent many years working with children and families. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Southern Methodist University, her master's degree in counseling from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate in school psychology at Texas Woman's University.  

She has worked with children, adults, and families in the clinical setting, community agency, and school setting. For 11 years she worked with children and their families in a school setting also. First she began as a teacher, then as a school counselor providing play therapy and counseling to the students, and assisting teachers and other school staff to help children reach their fullest potential.  She is offering virtual sessions only and offers after school and evening appointments.

Melisa Rau, LPC

Melisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Melisa graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas with a master's in Clinical and Rehabilitative Counseling. She completed her postgraduate counseling and assessment practicums in Developmental Neuropsychology at UTSW as well as Children's Medical Center.

Melisa has extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents and young adults struggling with social-behavioral, emotional, and cognitive difficulties. She also works with families. Melisa specializes in individualizing treatment plans and providing an integrative approach to therapy for children, adolescents, and their families.

Kaci Wright, LPC-Associate 


Kaci is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate under the supervision of Lauren Smith, LPC-S, and a National Certified Counselor. She is working towards attaining her hours for full licensure in Texas. Kaci earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, where she received training in Activity Therapy, Adolescent Therapy, and Group Therapy. Her clinical experiences include working with children, adolescents, adults, and groups dealing with various mental health concerns at SMU’s Center for Family Counseling in Plano as well as at a private practice in Dallas.  She utilizes cognitive behavioral theory and therapeutic activities to assist clients in realizing effective ways of coping with life. Her passion lies in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who are navigating challenges of anxiety, depression, grief, self-doubt, life transitions and stressors, and relationships. 


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