Dr. Sonja Banks

Licensed Psychologist (California PSY #15920)

Dr. Sonja Banks

Licensed Psychologist (California PSY #15920)

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Psychologist - 15920
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Out of Network Provider
Fees: My standard fee is $160 to $180 per session; however, sliding scale is available for clients experiencing financial hardship.

Our practice providers superbills to clients with PPO insurance plans on a monthly basis.

Initial consultations are always free.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Playa Vista, California 90094
San Diego, California 92131

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My Approach to Helping

I have over 21 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I specialize in the treatment of maternal mental health challenges, including the following: pregnancypostpartum depression and anxiety, reproductive trauma & loss, new parent preparation, infertility, special needs parenting, and pregnancy after loss. I also work with clients who are struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), griefloss, and stress.

Through my training in behavioral medicine, I am able to treat psychophysiological disorders — which refers to the mind and body interplay in diagnoses such as migraine headache, tension headache, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Raynaud’s, muscle tension mediated chronic pain (neck, low back pain), Temporomandibular Jaw Dysfunction (TMD), infertility, endometriosis, chronic hives, and asthma. I also offer psychological support to clients as they navigate through the diagnosis and treatment of medical issues such as cancer, neurological disorders, and infectious disease.

My Approach to Psychotherapy

I believe in a warm, collaborative, and goal-oriented approach to psychotherapy.

In addition to my behavioral medicine training, I am a Certified Clinical Tele-mental Health Provider (CTMH), a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CCBT), a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), and a Level A trained Interpersonal Therapist (IPT). I use elements of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have developed a 9-component model to self-care that can be tailored to each client’s needs.

Using my training and experience, I welcome the opportunity to guide and join clients on their unique psychotherapy journeys.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Choosing the right therapist is an important part of your journey of healing and self-growth.

I work for California Women's Therapy, a virtual group psychotherapy practices focused on women's issues. At California Women's Therapy, we conduct initial screenings to help match you with the psychologist or therapist who is the best fit for you.

Following the initial screening, you'll be able to conduct a free initial consultation before determining whether you'd like to move forward with one of our providers.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am especially passionate about working with women who are pregnant, postpartum, parenting, or managing loss, anxiety, and medical issues.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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