Demi Banchs, MA, LAC works with children, adolescents, adults and families from a trauma-informed, attachment-based, and antiracist lens. Demi’s work is grounded in attachment theory, polyvagal theory, and neurobiology. Demi is committed to practicing cultural humility, and uses a strengths-based approach with all of her clients.
Demi earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rider University and is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) with a focus in working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Demi has completed advanced training in Play Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), TraumaPlay, Theraplay, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Demi prioritizes following and meeting the needs of the individuals she works with to support them in enhancing their feelings of safety and connection. This approach has been proven to help individuals achieve overall wellness. She has experience and success using this approach with individuals struggling with trauma, emotion regulation, issues of attachment, grief and loss, stress, anxiety, aggression, and parenting concerns.
One of Demi’s many strengths is her empathic nature. Demi is a strong advocate for social justice, and this comes out in her work as she takes into account systemic factors that contribute to mental health challenges, and is committed to advocacy on behalf of, and alongside her clients.
Demi is committed to providing the highest quality, evidence-based treatment. She is dedicated to a lifetime of continuing to learn and grow from, with, and for her clients.
“Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”
— Dr. Bruce D. Perry
- Children, Adolescents
- Parent Coaching
- Emotion Regulation
- Grief and loss
- Play Therapy
- Creative and Expressive Arts
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
NJ License 37AC00618800
Fee: $135 per 45 – 50 minute session ($175 for initial session)