Karen D. Banks, M.Ed., LPC - Supervisor
Owner and Counselor
What is your truth? My goal with our sessions is to help you walk in your truth. I work hard to treat people as a whole person, not a diagnosis or someone limited by the problems they are experiencing. We collaborate on your treatment so that you discover who you are and find ways that work for you to walk in your truth. I am passionate about mental wellness and helping individuals and communities thrive. Your therapy is custom to you and might include conversations about coping skills, your support system, personal goals, or incorporating natural health into your life.
I see children, teens, adults, couples, and families for therapy. Some of the concerns my clients come in to address include anxiety, stress, depression, family concerns, and sexual behavior problems. In my "spare time", I enjoy nature, public speaking, education, activism, yoga, and growing Trinity Wellness to serve the community!
Loren N. Barnes, M.Ed., PLPC
Counselor in Training
It's complicated to fit into our often-problematic society in a way that you feel good about. It's even more complicated to do so while still advocating for yourself and meeting your own needs. This can cause a lot of anxiety, and even feelings of depression. You might be feeling like you need to learn more about yourself so that you can be more confident about what you're offering a potential job, career, friend, or even romantic partner. This can feel especially true if you happen to be experiencing a time of transition in your life. Let's figure out how to navigate the world in a way that makes sense for YOU.
I especially love working with young adults. Our generation is passionate, caring, and creative. Often, the world we're asked to conform to is none of those things. Figuring out how to honor yourself and your values while building an abundant life is emotionally, spiritually, and mentally challenging--especially for those of us finding our own, unique paths.
I can help you fully inhabit yourself. I am attentive and attuned to my clients in a way that inspires introspection and fosters multifaceted growth. I strive to see and understand not only who my clients are now, but who they have been, and also who they are in the process of becoming. If you're intrigued, go ahead and call me for a free phone consultation.
J'offre également des séances en français.
Ruth Banks, M.A., Ed.D.
Office Momager & Education Support Specialist
Full disclosure, I am the owner’s mother, therefore affectionately known as the ‘Office Momager’. With that being said, I serve to support not only my daughter as she strives to help others, but also be a support for the other counselors in the office and serve our clients. Please look for me to support you with accessing the office and our website.
I have over forty years in the field of education from serving as a classroom teacher (grades 1-5), reading specialist, elementary principal, coordinator of federal programs, and director of curriculum and staff development. I am currently serving as an adjunct professor continuing to train teachers. I would be happy to help you navigate the school system and be your advocate when attending school meetings. You can look to Trinity Wellness to fulfill all of your mental, physical, and emotional needs.
James P, Ahearn, J.D. M.A. M.Ed, Ph.D candidate, PLPC
Counselor in Training
I am not ________ enough. I feel that we all struggle to fill in that blank and to fill in ourselves. In our humanness we carry so much pain and doubt, anger and grief, and every other emotion possible. I work in a world of language and seek to help offer my clients the language to bring the richness of the world within them to the world between us. I recognize how frightening it can be to engage with vulnerability, challenge our shame, and bring out the parts of us we work so diligently to bury. As a counselor, I establish a connection and a space where people feel they can take off their armor and be themselves, if only for a little while. I enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I have served as an advocate for LGBTQ rights as a lawyer and work as an emotional support as a counselor. I enjoy working with individuals who have immigrated to the States, individuals who are struggling with substance use, disordered eating, depression, anxiety, trauma, or those who just need a place to talk. I welcome couples, children, teens, adults, families, and anyone else who feels brave enough to reach out for counseling. I believe that in connection we find the freedom to heal.
También ofrezco servicios de consejo en español.
Brittany O'Bryant, M.A.
Counselor in Training & Case Manager
Throughout the years, I have witnessed so many clients going through daily life traumas and daily life stressors without having anyone to talk to. Whether clients are facing challenges that deal with relationships issues, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression or even issues with academic planning I want my clients to know that there is help for their specific issues.
I am passionate about helping and providing clients with an integrative tailored approached to each individual’s needs that I provide counseling and support. I truly believe that counseling is the avenue for bringing peace, happiness, and safety to clients through various integrative approaches such as Reality Choice Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy.
I have openings to work with children of all ages.
Erica Blanks Spraggins, M.A., M.S.
Counselor in Training
As a blossoming Professional Counselor, I understand the importance of working towards wellness - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Tough seasons are bound to come whether we'd like them to or not, but the focus can't solely be on the effects of the storm, but in recognizing the inner strength you possess to carry yourself through it. In time, this is something I have grown to better understand in my field of work as well as my own life. My approach is to help you realize what you truly possess inside.
I have predominately worked with teens and young adults facing anxiety, depression, trauma, displacement/homelessness, and other young adult concerns. Additionally, I am a full-time high school counselor, where I see a number of these concerns and more on a daily basis. Always remember, that your story can be whatever you choose it to be. Your circumstances do not define who you are or what you will become. I would be excited and honored to join you on this journey towards a new day and a brighter perspective.
Ashley Menke, M.Ed., LPC
Familiar does not always mean functional. Too often we hold tight to our ways of being and ways of doing even though they no longer serve us, even if they harm us. In counseling it is ok to let go of the familiar to obtain the functional. Letting go isn’t easy, and rarely is it comfortable. As a counselor, I aim to be with you in that discomfort and offer guidance in the process of letting go.
Do you ever feel like you are reliving the same script but with a different cast? Often, we play out the same dynamics across relationships without noticing how the same conflicts and chaos show up time and time again. I enjoy working with clients to recognize these patterns and collaborate towards striking a balance between empathy and boundaries.
I tend to work with adolescents and emerging adults (ages 13 to 26), although I am always open to working with clients outside this range. My approach to counseling marries the importance of the relationships with others and the relationship with ourselves. I look forward to creating a relationship with you where we can find the new familiar together.