Yoni BanayanLicensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Welcome! I help people with anxiety, eating and body issues and trauma. Working with me is casual, fun, somatic oriented, and different.
Just like any other group, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health issues and unique challenges. However, LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Additionally, more than half of individuals who identify as transgender experience depression or anxiety. The LGBTQ community is also at a higher risk for suicide. Young people are even more at risk, as they may experience a lack of support at home and fear, hatred or prejudice in school. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are facing mental health challenges, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s LGBTQ experts and get help today.
Being human is often tough. Sometimes we lose our way and can feel stuck and overwhelmed. Sometimes we would like to change parts of our lives or ourselves but don’t know how. Therapy can be an empowering way to promote healing, growth, and wellness. Often, we initially seek treatment to address a specific concern and then begin to uncover other areas of our lives in which we want to make meaningful change. My goal is for this process to feel supportive, affirming, and appropriately challenging.
I am a strong advocate for social justice reform. Identifying as an immigrant myself, I have a deep empathy and personal understanding of the immigrant experience. I work with a diverse clientele and my passion lies in working with the LGBTQIA+ population, people of colour and immigrants. I am able to practice in 34 "PSYPACT" approved states.
My approach is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). A core idea is that trying too hard to get rid of or control our emotions tends to backfire. Instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts & feelings, I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a fulfilling life. We will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns–whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress, or gender and sexuality.
I specialize in the following areas: sexual concerns, trauma (intergenerational, sexual, emotional, psychological, and physical), infidelity, relational conflict, anxiety, and depression. I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families on the impacts that sexuality, relationship dynamics, and intimacy concerns can have in life. Additionally, I have enjoyed my years working with the overlapping systems of religion and sex.