About Me

Jan Bannister is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has maintained her private practice in the Tampa Bay area since 2008.  Jan specializes in working with adoptive children and families addressing issues of attachment, trauma, and loss.  In addition, she does Christian counseling, couples counseling, family therapy, and individual therapy.

Jan received her M.A. in Counseling from St. Petersburg Theological Seminary. She is trained as an Adoption Competent Therapist through Rutgers University and the Sylvia Thomas Center and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).  Jan is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based technique for treating trauma and other disorders and in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Jan and her husband Tom have been married for 40+ and have adult daughters, one biological and one adopted.

Jan has been passionate about children since she was a child herself. She has had many years of experience working with children and families in various settings including elementary, special-education, and preschool classrooms, children's ministry, and residential treatment facilities.

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