Kelly Banas

(LMHC, LPC, NCC)

About Me

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my counseling profile! I am so glad you're here.

My name is Kelly Banas and I am a collaborative, engaging, and compassionate licensed mental health therapist. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship between therapist and client creates the condition for change in counseling. Operating off of this humanistic principle, I am highly empathic, accepting, non-judgmental and open to my client’s past and current experiences. Beyond this important foundation, I use an integrated approach of solution-focused, narrative, dialectical behavioral, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions. I often conceptualize systemically and will be curious about how the communities or systems that my clients belong to impact their individual functioning. I believe the purpose of my work as a counselor is to encourage the facilitation of my clients' insight and self-awareness, which will empower them to make the changes and access the answers that may have been temporarily stuck, but have always been a part of them.

I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. I've worked throughout Washington and Colorado, as well as in Oregon, in a variety of different counseling settings, including outpatient community mental health centers, private clinics, and school mental health clinics. I work with clients from diverse backgrounds around a variety of topics, including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, body-image, family and relational stress, life changes and transitions, and parenting challenges. I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a post-graduate certificate in Couples and Family Therapy. Prior to my graduate training, I completed my undergraduate degrees in Spanish and History and spent time living in Spain. Concurrent to my graduate training, I worked extensively in case management and counseling with immigrant and refugee communities and am passionate about providing culturally-attuned counseling and counseling in Spanish.

I am inspired by this quote by Brene Brown: "Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMHC #LH60821924 (Expires: 2020-08-01)

LCPC #LPC.0015126 (Expires: 2021-08-01)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Oct 01, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Kelly is a phenomenal person. I am always looking forward to speaking with her and it really helps my mental state of being when I talk to her. She really knows how to help, how to guide and how to help me prosper.

Written by S.A. on Sep 20, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I came to this service burnt out and needing some help but unsure of what I would find. I was paired with Kelly and through contact, immediately knew I was in good hands. Kelly is invested and visibly passionate about what she does. I would highly recommend working with Kelly!

Written by S.E. on Sep 19, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kelly exceeds my expectations every session. She consistently makes an effort to understand me. She tailors the sessions exactly to my need. She's well educated, highly-skilled, professional, but also makes me feel so comfortable like I'm out for coffee with a girlfriend. She's relatable and compassionate. I leave each session feeling better about myself after talking with her.

Written by K.A. on Aug 27, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, coping with life changes, and coaching

Kelly has been a great help over the past couple of weeks - I feel like she has been on the same page as me with regards to the issues I'm working through, and has provided really great insights/asked insightful questions that help me address some of these issues. She's really hit the nail on the head, and I feel that we've done more work on issues in two weeks, than I've gotten from other counselors in 2 years. She listens, is empathetic, very kind. She responds to my messages, and is great to speak to on the video chats. THANK YOU!!!

Written by L.I. on Jul 15, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Kelly is so great. She has really helped to touch on the root of the matter in such a short period of time. I'm absolutely impressed!

Written by A.M. on Jun 21, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching

Kelly is super kind, understanding, and just a joy to talk to. She has extremely warm, down-to-earth energy, and I have benefited tremendously from being able to video chat & message with her (her messages are always very thoughtful and reflective). I have felt myself lifted out of depression and I am now able to experience my life in a more even keeled manner, as opposed to large up-and-down fluctuations. Kelly has a wealth of tools at her disposal, but she does not push anything on you – you can go at your own pace.

Written by A.M. on Jun 18, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning eating disorders

I’ve only been seeing Kelly for a couple weeks now, but I already feel like she’s so understanding and gets where I’m coming from and what I’m trying to say, even when it doesn’t always come out very clearly. She offers compassionate advice and tools that have been extremely helpful, especially in difficult and really emotional times. I really appreciate that she has a subtle way of making you dig a little deeper to get to the root of the issue and emotions you’re feeling. Even if it’s uncomfortable, I know it’s the only way to make progress to help better myself. I’d highly recommend Kelly to anyone I know!

Written by M.E. on May 21, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Kelly is sweet, kind and very intuitive. Very responsive & outgoing and likes to get deep & real when you’re up for it. I love that we can get philosophical about things quickly and have an interesting conversation about life. Of course, when it comes down to needing something, she is always right on the mark with providing guidance and materials that make a difference in your process & growth. Most importantly she doesn’t give up on me. So glad I found Kelly- would highly recommend, truly.

Written by M.O. on May 16, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 1 month on issues concerning family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Kelly has been great to work with. She is warm and easy to talk to. She is a great listener. When she shares her insight and perspective it is always exactly what I needed. Would recommend Kelly to anyone! She is amazing.

Written by S.A. on Apr 02, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Awesome job!

Written by D.I. on Mar 28, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kelly has been brilliant in helping me. Really enjoyed the sessions and she played an important role in the overall fulfillment of my life.

Written by Z.A. on Jan 18, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Kelly is a wonderfully empathetic, gentle person, and very understanding of my unique situation. I appreciate her listening ear and her highlighting of aspects of my circumstances I hadn't considered. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking someone to support them through tough times.

Written by S.T. on Jan 09, 2019 after counseling with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Kelly has been wonderful to work with - she has allowed me to talk about things as I am ready and when I am willing. She has great tools to help get your mind thinking and reflecting.