Lisa Banner is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. For the last ten plus years, Lisa has worked with groups, individuals, adults, children, adolescents, and families. She is here to support, introduce new life tools, and help her clients heal from and overcome difficult situations. She has an extensive background working with depression, anxiety, self-injury, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, grief, addictions, and cognitive deficits. To identify obstacles and support change she uses cognitive behavioral theories. “We all have struggles. Sometimes asking for help is the hardest thing we do.”
Concurrently, Lisa is the Director of Counseling at an all girls Catholic High School in Lemont, IL. In this role she works with groups, families, and individuals helping them succeed today and plan for tomorrow. She loves witnessing the growth of her students as they mature, overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Prior to joining the Catholic High School Lisa worked for DuPage County Health Department as a Mental Health Clinician.
Her bachelor’s degree is from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. “Go Cardinals!” Ten years ago she moved to the area to attend The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Later she completed her School Counseling credentials from Northern Illinois University.
She loves her work, and she loves to play. Sunny days, green grassy fields, and music make Lisa smile. She enjoys gardening, cultural festivals, live music, cooking up a new recipe and then going for a long walk. Her vacation time is often filled with hiking, biking, camping, traveling to new places, and playing tourist by visiting museums and exhibits!
What people are saying about Lisa:
“I wanted to briefly share my experience at Polaris with my counselor Lisa. Especially in light of recent celebrity news of the passing of Robin Williams, I have been reflecting on the decision nearly a year ago to approach Lisa after a session she was having with my daughter. To this day I am still not sure how or why I got the courage up to open my mouth about the struggles I was going through. Over the first few sessions Lisa was able to find a glimmer of hope that things could maybe get better that I didn’t even know I had. She fanned that precious spark and led me to a place where I could eventually imagine that life did not have to be miserable. Her discernment and wisdom of when to listen, when to push, and exactly what steps I needed to overcome my despair were nothing short of miraculous in my life…
Lisa’s Recommended Readings:
- Teens Who Hurt – Hardy & Laszloffy
- Cutting – Steven Levenkron
- Recollections – Viktore E. Frankl
- 7 Days to Confidence – Rox Taylor
- Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Germer, Siegel & Fulton
- The Bodacious Book of Succulence – Sark
- Coloring Your Prayers – Carolyn Manzi
- Theraplay – Jernberg & Booth
- On Grief and Grieving – Kubler-Ross & Kessler
- Mother Teresa in my own words – Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado
- The Blue Day Book – Bradley Greive
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Richard Carlson