Tanya Bankston

MA, LLPC, CAADC-DP

A life that is trauma, or drama-free is often based in fairy tales.  Real people have real problems and a happily ever after is not achieved without examining the details of our story. Let’s face it – until we understand our ‘who’ and ‘what’ we’ll never truly understand our ‘why’ and ‘how’.  But once we open up to the process, we can then begin creating a new and more meaningful narrative to promote growth in the direction of our happily ever after.

Sharing the most intimate details of your life is scary, and a therapist that you cannot relate to, or that cannot understand your cultural background adds to the fear.  I endeavor to hold a safe and supportive space for the gentle exploration of your story while we walk through discomfort toward healing, forgiveness and acceptance.

I specialize in treating individuals and couples experiencing: trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, microaggressions, marital/partnership issues, communication and trust related concerns, work and entrepreneurial related stress and life transitions.

I hold a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Central Michigan University and am in the process of completing my Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling credential.  I am an eclectic,  trauma informed clinician with extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – a modality that teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility.  I am also a PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator – an evidence based practice for couples counseling.

I believe a strong therapeutic base is important in therapy and that begins with relationship – empathy, compassion, and real-life experience are the bridges to trust and alliance. I have helped my clients in some of their most difficult life journeys and would be honored to be chosen as a partner for yours