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Hi, I'm Kris (they/she)

Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor #2023042197

Supervisor: Taquera Walker, LPC 

Services in-person & for telehealth in MO

I am dedicated to facilitating healing from the intricate layers of immigration experiences, intergenerational and complex trauma, and supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, while actively decolonizing therapy. I believe that by healing ourselves, we contribute to the liberation of our community.

Ready to embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery? Book a session with me today and let's work together towards your personal liberation and collective empowerment.

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Supported Ages

  • Pre-teens (10-12)

  • Teens (13-17)

  • Adults (18+)

Specialty Areas

  • Adoption/Foster Care

  • BIPOC

  • Complex and Intergenerational Trauma

  • Grief

  • Immigrant and Refugee populations

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Family and Peer Conflict

Other Areas of Focus

  • Identity Exploration

  • Mindfulness

  • Racial Issues

  • Spirituality (Deconstructing/Reconstructing Religion)

  • Stress Management

Rates

$130+

*Also accepts Medicaid

Are we a good match?

Sabaidee, I'm Kris Banda (they/she), and I'm here to create a safe and nurturing space where you can explore, heal, and grow. As a counselor, I draw from my own experiences as a child of immigrants and refugees, understanding the layers of complexity and vulnerability that come with sharing your story. Whether you're grappling with intergenerational trauma, navigating your 2SLGBTQIA+ identity, or exploring the intricacies of adoption/fostering, know that you're entering a space where you can be truly seen and heard.

 

Together, we'll embark on a journey of decolonizing therapy, recognizing that by dismantling oppressive systems within ourselves, we contribute to the liberation of our entire community. This means creating a space where your experiences, identities, and emotions are not just respected, but celebrated. It means fostering an environment where you feel empowered to explore the depths of your inner world without fear of judgment or discrimination.

 

In my work with pre-teens and teens, I understand the delicate nature of this developmental period and the importance of building strong rapport. Adolescence can be a time of immense change and exploration, and I strive to provide a supportive and understanding environment where young people feel heard and validated. With specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I am equipped to not only support individual clients in managing emotions and navigating challenges but also to work collaboratively with families. DBT offers valuable tools for adolescents and their caregivers, promoting effective communication, emotional regulation, and problem-solving skills. By involving caregivers in the therapeutic process, we can create a more comprehensive and supportive network for the young person, leading to more successful outcomes. I believe that by working together with both clients and their families, we can foster healing and growth not only for the individual but for the entire family unit. It's about creating a holistic approach to therapy that acknowledges and addresses the unique needs and dynamics of each family system.

In our sessions, I'll provide you with the skills and support you need to navigate life's challenges with strength and confidence. Whether you're struggling with daily stressors or seeking deeper understanding and growth, I'm here to walk alongside you every step of the way. From grounding techniques, to identity exploration exercises that help you embrace your authentic self, I'm there by your side at your pace.

 

Beyond therapy, I find solace in kayaking and dreaming of future adventures with my partner. I'm deeply committed to advocacy, volunteering at nonprofits to make a positive impact in the lives of marginalized communities, just like yours.

 

So if you're ready to step into a safe and transformative space, where healing and liberation go hand in hand, I'm here to guide you. Let's take the first step together and create a life that's authentically yours.

 

I’m ready when you are. Reach out today and let's begin your transformative journey!

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Education

Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Central Washington University, Washington

Master of Science (M.S.), Primitive Behavior and Ecology

Central Washington University, Washington

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Anthropology, Psychology

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Clinical Experience

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Pro-Bono Gender Affirming Letter Writing (MO)

Training for Adoption Competency

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association

Asian Mental Health Collective

American Psychological Association

LGBT Guild

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