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  • Shelby Banach, LCSW, Athens and Telehealth, Individuals and Couples, 18+

    Bachelors of Social Work from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL 2018

    Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO 2019


    As a clinician, I work to develop a secure and trusting relationship with clients rooted in transparency and mutual vulnerability.  Using a strengths-based perspective allows  me to help you to uncover parts of yourself that may have been lost due to society’s grueling demands. How can you access a deep level of emotion when you’re just trying to keep your head above water today? When you juggle your job, school, children, relationships, etc.; it can be challenging to experience moments of joy. My goal is to encourage you in your journey and make aspects of your present life more manageable and fulfilling-improving interpersonal relationships with loved ones, and job or school performance.

    My treatment approach is foundationally built on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skill building; addressing three major areas: emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. With a combination of processing, identifying thinking patterns, and developing skills, people are often able to achieve a new level of stability, peace, and relief. I have been in your shoes as a client and have seen the transformative power of DBT in my own life. I firmly believe that we are not just deserving of joy, we are entitled to it as human beings. 

     I work with a variety of clients with complicated issues and their mental health concerns (not limited to): Anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+, faith crises, mood, relationship problems, loneliness, disconnection, and substance use problems through individual and couples’ therapy.   

     I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and have lived in various parts of the country before settling here in Athens, Georgia to be closer to family. Outside of my practice I am passionate about reading, travel, pop culture, daily exercise, and my fur babies!


    Shelby is seeing clients in our Athens office and via telehealth. She is in network with Alliant,  Aetna,  Optum, United Healthcare, United Behavioral Health/ Student Resources. Shelby is a Kaiser Permanente Affiliated provider and is in-network with most Kaiser plans. She is a Certified Out of network Tricare provider,  and a Medicare provider.