Daniel Banaitis, Therapist in Los Angeles, California — Zencare
Daniel  Banaitis
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Daniel Banaitis

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Brentwood Accepting In-person

I am available in the morning for online sessions and in-person/online sessions during the afternoon

Updated August 23, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Career counseling
  • Depression
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Daniel Banaitis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Los Angeles, CA. Daniel is passionate about providing children, teenagers, and adults who have diagnoses of Autism and Developmental Disabilities with the tools they need to live a comfortable, fulfilling life. He also works with parents, siblings, and family members around what it means to cope with a diagnosis in the family. Many of his clients arrive at therapy after a particularly difficult family conflict, behavioral issue, or challenge at work or school.

Daniel practices an evidence-based therapy modality called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT teaches clients how to be mindful about their emotions and practice coping skills. These coping skills can be grounding exercises, meditations, distractions, visualizations, and more. Clients can use these coping skills when they begin to feel overwhelmed emotionally, as well as think through how their values, strengths, and intentions lead to certain emotions or behaviors. Clients learn emotional flexibility, while also having space in therapy to talk about their stressors and roadblocks to feeling a sense of meaning, control, or comfort.

Daniel earned a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University. He has nearly 15 years of experience in the field and strives to build trusting, loving relationships within families despite the challenges that come with a diagnosis. He welcomes clients who feel burnt out, misunderstood, frustrated, or confused to find a greater sense of purpose and meaning.


Message to clients

During this stressful point in history where the pandemic made human interaction very difficult, many people with special needs became physically isolated from school peers and in-person play dates. Some even had ABA services put on hold and/or done via telehealth missing the crucial component of live interaction. Many have seen their loved ones regress. Many parents became overwhelmed with having to work from home while caring for their special needs children. I am here to help you get back on track and learn useful tools to handle the stress of caring for someone with special needs or assist an individual with special needs experiencing difficulty navigating work, school, and relationships.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Daniel Banaitis is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $185 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $135 - $185
  • Initial session: $185 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Co-Parenting Session: $200 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12am-6pm
  • Tue 11am-7pm
  • Wed 11am-7pm
  • Thu 11am-7pm
  • Fri 10am-5pm
  • Sat Off
  • Sun Off

Brentwood practice
11620 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 900, Los Angeles, California 90025
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12pm-6pm
  • Tue 11am-7pm
  • Wed 11am-7pm
  • Thu 11am-7pm
  • Fri 10am-5pm (Online Only)
  • Sat Off
  • Sun Off

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 20 years

Building Bridges, Program Director, 2008 - Present
Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Clinician, 2002 - 2007

Pepperdine University, Masters in Clinical Psychology , 2002


Licensure

California: 44723


Languages

English

Lithuanian