Frederica Banning

(LCSW, ACSW, C-IQ, Conversational, Intelligence, Coach)

About Me

Aloha as we say in Hawaii! My nickname is 'Rickie' and I would like to welcome you to BetterHelp. You have taken an important first step in reaching out for counseling help.
A little about me: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with licenses in VA and HI. I hail from the East Coast originally, and I have 25+ years as a psychotherapist, working with adults. I have worked with a diversity of client populations, ranging from working with the military, LGBT, women's groups, and clients in specialty areas around healing with relationship challenges, self-esteem and building self-confidence, grief and loss, anxiety and stress reduction, managing change, depression, substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse and family impact, incest, trauma, and eating disorders. I draw from several therapeutic styles, including solution-focused, integrative which combines person-centered and psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and Gestalt. I value insight and goal-setting as keys to behavioral change. I can also share with you that I’ve trained with some of the best as mentors and trainers, including Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross-the world's leading authority in grief and loss work, and Virginia Satir-the world's leading expert in family systems and couples work.
A fun fact about me: I went up in a hot air balloon to celebrate my 30th birthday! Now let’s talk a bit about your counseling…
In these first days and weeks, the process may feel slow at times, but we need to build trust so that I may sync my style to your needs so that you can best achieve your goals.
The BetterHelp counseling space is where you have your voice, it is your safe space to express and where you are free to ask questions and freely share about how our process is flowing. Whether this is your first time or not in counseling, it is important that you be open about how things are going. If you are new, I will explain the counseling process along the way.
Remember that I am your guide to inspire you forward but you are always in charge of your healing journey.
When life knocks us down, we all need a warm heart and safe space where we can sort things through. I am here to help, whether you are navigating life challenges, repairing relationships with yourself and others, healing loss, or building change resilience. Reaching out takes courage. A committed counseling journey leads to healing and peace. I could share that I trained with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Virginia Satir. I would rather say that I listen to connect, not to judge or reject. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”-African Proverb. Reach out. Let’s explore, together!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #4400 (Expires: 2022-06-30)

LCSW #0904000745 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by K.R. on Aug 26, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I have been working with Rickie for about 2 months. I find her to be very supportive and very conscientious about responding to me. She’s offered a lot of insight and has been a great sounding board. Part of therapy is SHOWING UP AND DOING THE WORK. Rickie has a great handle on this and really encourages you to participate in a positive way. Highly recommend.

Written by N.A. on Aug 19, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Rickie is really passionate about working towards better mental health, and her motivation to help me achieve that is extremely encouraging. She asks me hard questions that have inspires lots of growth. I'm very thankful for her!

Written by J.E. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Frederica or 'Rickie' as she likes to be called, made a remarkable and memorable impact on my life. During our counselling sessions I discussed a variety of things including trauma related to homicide, relationship and intimacy problems, my issues with anxiety and depression, and much more.

From the beginning I could tell that Rickie was kind, caring and compassionate. She provided a safe, non-judgemental space for me to discuss my emotions and she was always patient and insightful. She encouraged me to reflect upon my own emotions and feelings and always had advice, direction or reassurance to offer. She also recommended a number of helpful resources along the way to support my mental health and mindfulness. I wholly appreciated her sense of humour and conversational skills which helped greatly to develop rapport, and allowed me to get the most out of my sessions!

Sadly I began counselling feeling broken and directionless, but can now confidently say that I am in a much better headspace, equipped with various self help strategies moving forward. I truly enjoyed my time with Rickie and will request her in future, if ever I should need her again.

Written by M.A. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

All of my life I've been running from my innermost feelings. My counselor not only saw through that, but has given me tools to use that have been and are highly effective in my daily life!!! I truly thank God for her being introduced into my life!!!

Written by T.O. on Jul 26, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Rickie is an amazing women and handles me with warmth and understanding. She is very wise and intelligent. Rickie has helped me immensely in such a short time already and I look forward to our sessions each week.

Written by C.H. on Jun 15, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I have only been in therapy for a short period of time, but I already feel so much better. I know I have a lot more work to do, but I am glad that Rickie is my therapist to guide me through it.

Written by B.R. on Jun 12, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Rickie has helped me significantly with my issues. I am lucky to have her as a counselor.

Written by S.T. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

She has been amazing. It really nice to have someone you feel is listening. She has helped me deal with so much and I am definitely grateful for her.

Written by C.H. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

She is simply amazing.

Written by A.N. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief

Frederica was so good at helping me that within one session she made me overcome my fear and sorrows.