Linda Bannister, LMHC, ATR

Personal growth is a creative process.  As a therapist I strive to meet you where you are today, honor your unique story, recognizing personal strengths and struggles with compassionate acceptance and trust.  I have a positive and affirming approach to therapy and believe each individual has the potential to increase self-awareness and self-appreciation, increase courage and energy for making changes, and improve relationships that are important in life.

Together we can evaluate ways of thinking that affect emotions and notice how they are connected to actions and choices.  We can recognize patterns that can be loosened or deepened for growth.  These insights can lead to change, foster acceptance, and increase tolerance for addressing problems and adverse experiences.  We can reorganize negative memories for reducing stress.  This process will also help us understand how the mind and body work together to hold and release stress and find equilibrium.

I seek to approach problems with curiosity and openness, withholding judgment, with a view to learn from problems and difficulties. I approach spiritual life as a journey of listening to the voice of God who guides our inner life with grace.  It is with humility and respect I offer my practice with grace.

I offer art therapy, which can help in expressing thoughts that are difficult to put in words.  One does not need to be an artist to use art therapy, but a willingness to explore.  Art therapy has the unique ability to unlock emotional expression by facilitating non-verbal communication.

For the past 3 ½ years I have worked with children and their families, helping children learn self-regulation, identify personal strengths, heal from traumatic experiences, and find positive ways of expressing their thoughts and feelings, providing support and hope for strengthening connections in the family.  I connect well with youth through playfulness and creative expression.  I also have a desire to work with adults experiencing life transitions and with older adults struggling with the problems associated with the challenges of late life.

Theoretical Orientation:

  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Adlerian (focus on sense of community and belonging)
  • Existential (focus on meaning in experience and phenomena)

Clients I Serve:

  • Children and Adolescents (5-18)
  • Adults
  • Older adults, issues of aging
  • Anxiety, Anger, Depression
  • Behavioral problems and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting