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My name is Lakiah. I'm currently a licensed professional counselor in West Virginia and I've practiced therapy for 4 years. I've worked with individuals dealing with issues related to communication, self-esteem, and boundaries - men and women in an inpatient substance use disorder treatment facility - as well as with at risk adolescents. My areas of interest are sex education, communication, boundaries, self-esteem, as well as women and gender issues. I have my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies, as well as my Master's of Counseling from West Virginia University. I also have a certification in sex and love coaching.
I value being a therapist that is down to earth and easy to talk to. I love helping to guide people to make progress, but I am also goal oriented. I value humor during sessions as laughter is an important factor to mental wellness. When working with clients, I provide a supportive space that is free of judgment or rejection, but I also challenge clients when necessary if they're in need of help with an obstacle. No one is immune to life's problems, but with the right mindset, support, and actions we can work to help you overcome them. My therapeutic approaches include Motivational Interviewing, Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfullness Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Compassion fatigue, Body Image, Communication Problems, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
DE LPMHC PC-0011090
WV LPC 2399
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Lakiah Edwin-Bankston. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
Lakiah is fantastic. She takes the time to deeply understand problems and resolve them. She emphasizes the importance of practicing what we discuss, and even assigns homework which I love. I feel like I truly have made progress with her. I feel heard and validated.
Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Lakiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Lakiah is thoughtful, insightful, and empathetic. It is helpful to debrief the stressors of the week with her. It lessens the strain on my other relationships and it makes it easier to move on with the bigger decisions in life.
Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Lakiah for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Lakiah is a great therapist - she listens well and gently encourages me to consider what is getting in my way and gives me perspectives I didn't have. I highly recommend her!
Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Lakiah for 3 months on issues concerning self esteem, and coaching
Written on Jul 11, 2022 after therapy with Lakiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and sleeping disorders
Lakiah had such a huge positive impact on me in a short period of time. She helped me to find courage and deal with a scary relationship situation head on. I am so much happier because of it!
Written on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Lakiah for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Lakiah is great therapist! I've only done two sessions and she's has provided useful tools and advice to help me and my wife connect on a deeper level. She's very responsive during our sessions and brings up thoughts I did not think of. I highly recommend her!
Written on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with Lakiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, and self esteem