Dr. Lynn Bañez, PhD, LPC

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Lynn brings a depth of knowledge and experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in VA for Residents in Counseling. She has worked extensively in individual, group, and family counseling throughout her career.  Additionally, she served in Mental Health clinical program development and direction, including creation of program policies and procedures for state (VADBHDS) licensure.

Clinical Approach

Lynn specializes in working with diverse populations, providing online therapy for individuals aged 18 & up, couples, families, and groups. She works with her clients to develop whole person-centered treatment plans and goals. Drawing from her expertise, she uses evidenced-based approaches such as Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TI-CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative therapy, Brief Solution-Focused therapy, Family Systems and Structural Family Therapy, and other approaches to support her clients’ healing journeys.

Clinical Specialties and Work with the Military Community

Lynn further specializes in working with clients with PTSD, trauma from physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, neglect, trauma from the current Covid-19 pandemic, Substance Use Disorders (Addiction) and dual diagnoses, Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Grief and Loss (particularly Traumatic Grief), Chronic Pain, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Sensory Integration Disorder. She has also served as a clinical expert witness in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of Connecticut.

In addition, Lynn enjoys supporting the unique needs of military families.  She has worked individually with children in military families and in family therapy for military families for several years. She excels at helping military children effectively cope with frequent transitions, deployment, grief and loss, stress, and divorce.

Professional Philosophy

Lynn describes herself as a “fierce Advocate” for the availability of quality mental health services for all people and commits herself to creating a more nurturing society for all people across differences.  In her words, “I believe that as a professional mental health provider it is also my job to advocate for and educate consumers of mental health services to help get them the best services for themselves or their loved ones.”

Clinical Supervision

Lynn has many years of experience providing Clinical Supervision to Residents in Counseling.  She believes passionately in her work training and mentoring new professionals, stating: “I had tremendously gifted and committed mentors early in my career. I truly believe that it is vital for our field that I provide that same level of commitment, knowledge, and support that I was given and it is my hope that they will do the same when they become the seasoned experts.”

Professional Training and Public Speaking

Lynn is an impassioned public speaker with demonstrated success in speaking to groups of 10 to 500+ professionals and behavioral health consumers in community, k-12 school, and college/university settings, amongst others.  She has conducted numerous peer-reviewed presentations at local, state, and national conferences. Regarded as an expert in her field, she leads training in diversity competency, Group Work, providing trauma-informed care, establishing trauma-informed and trauma-aware environments, and clinical supervision. Find out more about Lynn and Professional Training and Public Speaking with Free Spirit. 

Educational Background and Publication

Lynn earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University in 1997 with specialties in multiculturalism and group work. She is a scholar in LGBTQIA+ issues, diversity, and group work and a published author with work appearing in peer-reviewed journals.

Organizational Membership and Leadership

Lynn currently serves on the Board of Directors with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Williamsburg. She also serves the local Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN) on the Health and Training Committee and on the Education Committee. Prior to this she earned numerous leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels of various professional organizations.

Fun Facts About Lynn

  • To relax, Lynn enjoys singing in her parish’s choir, as well as in their acapella group, Schola Cantorum.
  • She also rings Hand Bells for her church’s bell choir.
  • Her favorite color is Tardis Blue.
  • Her favorite music artists are Pentatonix and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
  • The background you see in Lynn’s photo is from our office “The Forest” here at Free Spirit.


Contact Lynn directly to schedule an appointment at lynn@freespiritonline.org.


**SPECIAL NOTE on Insurance – Lynn is currently in network with: Aetna/Aetna Better Health, Anthem BCBS (inc. Anthem HK+), Cigna/Evernorth, Sentara Health Plans (formerly Optima), Optum/UBH/UHC , and Tricare; processing with Molina.