Hello! My name is Adia Banks, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Since 2016, I have had the opportunity to work in both the mental health and medical fields, giving me a more well-rounded view of how to best assist my clients through traumatic events.
I began my studies in social work in 2008 at the University of Texas at Arlington where I earned my Bachelor of Social Work in 2013 and my Master of Social Work in 2014. In 2014, while completing my internship for my Master’s degree at The Greenhouse Treatment Center (TGTC), a substance abuse treatment center, I was introduced into the field of mental health and substance abuse. From that moment, I knew mental health was the field I wanted to work in. I felt compelled to help those struggling with mental health issues and provide a safe place for them to heal. After completing my internship at TGTC, I was offered a position as a Behavioral Health Technician where I provided crisis interventions and facilitated psychoeducational groups. After a few months I was promoted to the position of Intake Coordinator. I was later offered a position in the Admissions Department of Nexus Treatment Center, a non-profit agency that provides substance abuse treatment for adolescent girls, women and expectant mothers struggling with substance abuse issues. Working with women in crisis motivated me to be an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves.
In 2016, I transitioned to medical social work at John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS), the county hospital of Tarrant County and a Level 1 Trauma Center. I was assigned to the largest unit in the hospital, E3, where I was responsible for discharge planning and managing complex social issues of the patients. During this time, I worked with several agencies within the community, including the mental health courts.
In 2019, I left JPS after relocating and began working at Parkland Hospital, the county hospital for Dallas County and home of a Level 1 Trauma Center. At Parkland, I work on several units including, surgery, trauma and medicine units, where I complete discharge planning and address complex social issues. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, I was the first social worker assigned to the COVID unit, where I completed discharge planning and provided emotional support to patients and their families. Working at these county hospitals provided me the opportunity to work with a very diverse population and build knowledge about complex patient needs, in addition to working alongside medical personnel giving me a more intimate knowledge of what they face each and every day. With this knowledge I am able to devise unique and more informed ways of addressing my clients’ needs.
In 2020, I began pursuing opportunities in the mental health field and started working at Carrollton Springs, a psychiatric hospital. I facilitated psychoeducational and process groups in their Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Shortly after working here, I was inspired to continue my focus in mental health and decided to pursue private counseling with the hopes of providing longer lasting healing for my clients.
Mental health is a passion of mine, and I want to help dispel the stigma of mental health and it’s treatment. I strive to create a safe place for my clients where they don’t feel judged or stigmatized for the issues they are struggling with. I offer compassion and understanding of complex issues people face.
*This clinician is an independent contractor