Frederica Banning

(LCSW, ACSW, C-IQ, Conversational, Intelligence, Coach)

About Me

Aloha as we say in Hawaii! My nickname is 'Rickie' and I would like to welcome you to Regain. You have taken an important first step in reaching out for couples counseling help.

A little about me: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with licenses in VA and HI. I hail from the East Coast originally, and I have 25+ years as a psychotherapist, working with couples. Relationships are like gardens. In order for the flowers to grow, they need regular weeding. Our relationships are no different, in that they require focus, care and regular attention. I have helped hundreds of couples in working on their relationship communication dynamics. When a couple is able to identify any cracks in their foundation, and apply skills to heal them, the relationship grows forward. Sometimes couples find that their relationship has reached its end point and need help around exploring unfinished business and in moving forward with dignity and respect. Believe it or not, ending well is important and there is a process and an art to respectfully saying farewell and good luck. I can help you find your way forward to clarity and calm.

I have worked with a diversity of client populations, ranging from working with the military, LGBT, women's groups, and clients in specialty areas around healing with relationship challenges, self-esteem and building self-confidence, grief and loss, anxiety and stress reduction, managing change, depression, substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse and family impact, incest, trauma, and eating disorders. I draw from several therapeutic styles, including solution-focused, integrative which combines person-centered and psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and Gestalt. I value insight and goal-setting as keys to behavioral change. I can also share with you that I’ve trained with some of the best as mentors and trainers, including Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross-the world's leading authority in grief and loss work, and Virginia Satir-the world's leading expert in family systems and couples work.
A fun fact about me: I went up in a hot air balloon to celebrate my 30th birthday! Now let’s talk a bit about your counseling…
In these first days and weeks, the process may feel slow at times, but we need to build trust so that I may sync my style to your needs so that you can best achieve your goals.
The Regain counseling space is where you have your voice, it is your safe space to express and where you are free to ask questions and freely share about how our process is flowing. Whether this is your first time or not in counseling, it is important that you be open about how things are going. If you are new, I will explain the counseling process along the way.
Remember that I am your guide to inspire you forward but you are always in charge of your healing journey.
When life knocks us down, we all need a warm heart and safe space where we can sort things through. I am here to help, whether you are navigating life challenges, repairing relationships with yourself and others, healing loss, or building change resilience. Reaching out takes courage. A committed counseling journey leads to healing and peace. I could share more about my specialty areas. I would rather say that I listen to connect, not to judge or reject. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”-African Proverb. Reach out. Let’s explore, together!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #4400 (Expires: 2022-06-30)

LCSW #0904000745 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Written by C.O. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling with Frederica for 1 week on issues concerning relationship

Rickie is great for anybody who needs a therapist to take control. She knows her stuff and isn't going to beat around the bush.

Written by J.O. on Sep 18, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Really helpful and clarity inducing therapist. Highly recommend working with her, she helped us and gave us hard feedback that really cut through the fog.

Written by Z.O. on Jul 27, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 days on issues concerning relationship

Guilt-tripped us for texting her on her off-days when the entire point of the text platform is that every party, including the counselor, doesn't need to text/respond until they are available.

Written by M.I. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Frederica for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Rickie listens well and has a calming patience. She responds quickly and encourages participation without judging.