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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)
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.