About Dr. Banyasz

Dr. Alissa M. Banyasz is a licensed Counseling Psychologist.  It is her passion and privilege to support women and adolescent girls as they navigate life’s challenges.  She empowers clients by teaming with them to enhance self-understanding and build upon current strengths and resources.  Her therapeutic approach is grounded in creating a safe and nonjudgmental space to explore new ways of thinking, acting, and relating to oneself and others. She tailors her work to each client’s unique personality and goals, reflecting a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to psychotherapy. She integrates evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Banyasz graduated from Ashland University with a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology and Business Administration and received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) from the University of Akron.  She completed a pre-doctoral internship at a community-based behavioral health center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Here she specialized in working with cancer survivors (including those who had been recently diagnosed, as well as those in active treatment and disease remission) and their families. Dr. Banyasz addresses a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal conflict, grief, and life transitions, as well as issues related to the emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual impact of cancer and chronic illness. Dr. Banyasz is a member of the American Psychological Association's Society for Counseling Psychology, Society for the Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, and Society for Health Psychology.