Fatima Banister, Therapist in New York — Zencare
Fatima  Banister

Fatima Banister


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW
New York Accepting Online

I currently have limited morning availability with more availability opening up in August 2022.

Updated June 9, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Life purpose & meaning

Professional statement

Fatima is an experienced social worker and educator. Driven by the desire to transform people's lives, she takes pride in the work that she does in the Greater Rochester area. Fatima has close to a decade of experience in Social Work in a variety of settings. Fatima founded Path of Discovery Counseling Services, a mental health and life coaching practice that support millennial women of color to live a life of peace and authenticity.

She is the founder of Sis Heal Yourself, a digital platform for Women of Color. Fatima is also an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Nazareth College where she takes joy in educating future social workers on the undergraduate and graduate level in the areas of cultural humility and cultural diversity.

Message to clients

I am so glad that you are choosing yourself and seeking services. I know how difficult it can be find a therapist or counselor that you can relate to and feel comfortable to talk to. I take a non pathological approach to therapy. I have created a framework that will help you learn my approach to therapy. Check out my website, and click services to learn more about "The Pathway." Person centered care and cultural humility are central to my treatment modality. I also believe the therapeutic relationship is a vital aspect to client success. I look forward to working with you!


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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

Fatima Banister is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $120

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am to 12 pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9am to 12 pm
  • Thu 9am to 12 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years


New York: 093499