Alicia Banister

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I believe that you are the expert of your unique you-ness. My role as counselor is to help you access and tend to your emotional landscape and by doing so, discover a deep, inherent sense of wholeness in yourself.


  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

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 Background

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.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network


  • (503)893-2067
  • Website
  • 506 SW 6th Ave, Suite 801
    Portland, OR 97204
  • Second Office Address:
  • Virtual Telehealth Sessions
    Portland, OR 97202

At a Glance

  • Experience: 1 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Rate: $100-125/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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