Meagan Banker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing services to children, ages birth to 13, and their families.
Meagan has several years of experience supporting children and families with a variety of social-emotional difficulties. Her previous experiences include working in a special education preschool providing services to children with significant social-emotional needs. Meagan has also worked with school districts to provide special education services and develop Individual Education Plans. Meagan has experience working with children who have significant behavioral struggles related to diagnoses such as Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, and DMDD. She also has experience with a range of family dynamic issues, including divorce/separation and adoption/attachment.
Meagan has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a Woman's Study minor, from SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY). She received her Masters in Social Work from The University at Albany (Albany, NY). Meagan completed a one-year internship at Troy City School District working in the Special Education Department and her second one-year internship at Mohawk Opportunities ACT program (a community based mental health program in Schenectady, NY).
Meagan takes a person-in-environment approach to her practice, which focuses on children's behaviors in context with the various environments that they are influenced by. Meagan uses a variety of strategies and techniques, including but not limited to some CBT based techniques, play-based strategies, and bibliotherapy (use of literature to improve psychological well-being). Meagan also believes that parents are a vital part of the therapy process and offers parenting support and co-parenting support as a part of treatment.