Alicia Banister

Alicia Banister

Professional Counselor Associate

My role is to help you access and tend to your emotional landscape and by doing so, discover a deep, inherent sense of wholeness in yourself

Client Status




506 SW 6th Ave

Suite 801

Portland, 97204

Virtual Telehealth Sessions

Portland, Oregon 97202

At a Glance


Rate: $125-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Approach to Helping

I draw on the mindfulness-based, body-centered psychotherapy of Hakomi, as well as Primary Attachment Psychotherapy. I hold a particular focus on the nervous system, neuropsychology, and the relationship between trauma and the body. My approach involves both holding oneself with radical acceptance and inclusion, while also holding the possibility of change. Claiming Self and cultivating a sense of embodied wholeness informs all of the work that I do. I hold a deep respect for the wounds and scars we each carry and a profound gratitude for the brilliance inherent in each person that helps them to navigate the world with these wounds. I am currently offering virtual sessions only.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I earned my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in 2018. Prior to that, I completed a year-long internship and extensive study at Mindful Experiential Therapeutic Approaches (M.E.T.A) in Portland, OR, focusing on Hakomi and mindfulness-based body-centered psychotherapy, as well as the Re-Creation of the Self, and Primary Attachment Psychotherapy. I have a broad background in somatic-oriented therapies, including massage therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and therapeutic yoga. Prior to counseling I ran an Integrative Bodywork practice for 10 years, focusing on mind-body integration and trauma. I have studied extensively the work of Stephen Porges and Peter Levine and find that their work informs much of my approach to counseling.

Techniques I Use


  • Hakomi External link

    I have studied Hakomi with META (Mindful Experiential Therapeutic Approaches) here in Portland, OR, including a year-long internship during which I was immersed in study of Hakomi, Primary Attachment Psychotherapy, and the Re-Creation of the Self.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    My background is in somatic-oriented therapies, including Craniosacral therapy, massage, and therapeutic yoga. Much of my practice involves integrating the body into your lived experience, through movement, experience, and nervous system regulation.

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