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Valencia Banks Psychotherapy, LMHC

Valencia Banks is a licensed mental health counselor with 20+ years in the field. She believes each person has their own story that makes them special. Her goal is to offer a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight, and grow into their best selves. She utilizes various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral, solution, and narrative therapies.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Religion and Spirituality
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • Florida
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“Throughout my training and clinical experiences, I’ve focused on ways to help those I worked with develop a deeper sense of self-love, compassion, and awareness, ultimately facilitating a healing process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began working in the social services field directly from college. I chose to become a mental health therapist after realizing the need for more therapists of color. Throughout my training and clinical experiences, I’ve focused on ways to help those I worked with develop a deeper sense of self-love, compassion, and awareness, ultimately facilitating a healing process. Together, we will work closely to analyze the struggles you are facing and their underlying causes and try to change the behaviors and thought patterns that are keeping you from being the person you want to be. I believe that everyone who feels misunderstood, silenced, erased, or marginalized in our society deserves respect and the resources they need to thrive.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a space that is safe, comfortable, and motivating for individuals to be able to share their inner, personal stories and find ways to overcome obstacles, struggles, and stressors. I provide solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, and client-centered therapies to allow clients to express themselves and identify solutions to problems using their own strengths and skills. The first session looks like a friendly and honest conversation where we get to know each other and you share what has brought you to therapy. I will ask how your issues have been affecting you and we can discuss the ideas that you have for changing things. We will work together to help you grow, heal, and reach your goals in therapy. You may have homework and practice different types of behavioral techniques in the session. Let's talk!
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
After my first experience helping my high school classmate deal with depression, the response from others saddened me. This drove me to become an advocate for mental health awareness in the black community. I am extremely passionate about helping the underserved communities and increasing the understanding that there is no shame in seeking counseling services. I will continue to be active in the black community, promoting mental health awareness, and being a positive therapist in the community for everyone. My goal is for everyone to know that seeking counseling is okay; it’s just like getting medical issues addressed when needed.
“I believe that everyone who feels misunderstood, silenced, erased, or marginalized in our society deserves respect and the resources they need to thrive.”
Interested in speaking with Valencia?