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LICSW Vanessa Banks

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Vanessa Banks is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: LICSW
Years in Practice: 8
State: MD

Hello and welcome to Better Help! I want to commend you for reaching out for help. This is often a major, yet courageous step one can make!

My name is Vanessa Banks, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Criminal Justice, from Howard University in 2015. I have worked in many different settings with adults and youth, who have a variety of personal issues such as depression/anxiety, stress, trauma/abuse, substance use, and more. For almost ten years, I have worked fiercely to support and engage marginalized persons and communities; while affirming their stories, and existence within and against systems. While anchoring myself within strengths-based, existential and person-centered approaches, I have a great passion in fostering healing within individuals. Throughout many years of experience, I learned the power of listening and how it aids in developing and building transformative platforms and bridges for some of the most challenging experiences and environments such as substance use, depression, anxiety, poverty, and community violence.

As your therapist, I hope to help to facilitate your own encounter with yourself and working alongside you as you explore values, assumptions, and ideals. This is a space where you can be your authentic self without judgement. You have started your journey towards healing, allow me to join you as your support.

I look forward to working with you!

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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I am so thankful I found Vanessa through BetterHelp. She helped me tremendously work through crippling stress and anxiety pertaining to my toxic work environment as well as family troubles that had never been dealt with for years. I can’t say enough good things about how she helped me feel more in control of my mental Health and will always be thankful for the tools she instilled in me. Very responsive and a great listener.

J.E.·Mar 10, 2021


Vanessa is truly this the best! She has been and continues to be instrumental in helping me to think critically about who I am and who I want to be. She is incredibly responsive and supportive, and utilizes a variety of strategies during our sessions. I can’t say enough about her! So excited to have found her via BetterHelp.

A.K.·Aug 02, 2020


Vanessa Banks offers counseling online via BetterHelp

  • Affordable: Pay a low flat fee for unlimited counseling.
  • Convenient: Do it at your own time and at your own pace. Communicate as often as you want and whenever you feel it's needed.
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