Angela Banks, M.Ed, LPCC-S is licensed clinical therapist, clinical supervisor and behavioral health consultant. She has a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University and is a current doctoral student at Antioch University. Angela is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio and is also the owner and CEO of "The Clarity Couch," a private behavioral health practice that specializes in providing services to those that belong to historically marginalized communities. At "The Clarity Couch," Angela is known as "The Strong Friend's Therapist." She specializes in providing services to high achieving, BIPOC women in leadership roles. Angela has appeared in the media and has spoken at various conferences as an expert speaker on the psychological impact of racial trauma, and other behavioral health disparities, within both the Black community and other historically marginalized groups. She is passionate about reducing the stigma attached to mental health and educating the community on the importance of mental and emotional wellness.
COVID-19 made dramatic changes in how we approach therapy. Before the pandemic, as a whole, therapists were tentative to accept innovations like telehealth sessions and digital tools as supports. The therapeutic alliance is the most powerful force in counseling… How can it possibly duplicate that bond? The same assumptions were made about clinical supervision. But virtual supervision has improved access for many supervisees along with providing new challenges, too.