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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."
- 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
LMHC #LH60821924 (Expires: 2020-08-31)
LCPC #LPC.0015126 (Expires: 2019-08-31)
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!
I love working with Kelly, she is the best counselor I have worked with and is always attentive and there for me. She is also flexible, we might be working on one thing but if another arises and becomes more prominent she will help. I know that if i had any issue or question, I can always send a response and one will arrive soon. Hour long sessions with her are never long enough and Im happy I've found her. I'm not the best at communicating but still she works with me.
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.
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.
Kelly has been brilliant in helping me. Really enjoyed the sessions and she played an important role in the overall fulfillment of my life.
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.
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.