Health Psychologist, Sexual Medicine Expert, Marriage and Family Psychotherapist, Hypnoptherapist, EMDR Specialist

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Dr. Banner has been in the mental health field for nearly twenty-five years. She has been an international expert in Sexual Medicine for over 20 years and an American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certified therapist for twenty-five years. Dr. Banner has presented her research in the areas of Sexual Medicine, Self-esteem, and Psychotherapy to professional meetings around the world for the past twenty years. Dr. Banner has had a private practice in San Jose, California for over twenty years. Dr. Banner serves on the Advisory Board for the Sinclair Intimacy Institute, on the Board of Advocates for the Friends of UNFPA, and on the Ethics Committee for the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM). Dr. Banner is a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the Journal of Cancer, and the Journal of Urology. Professionally, Dr. Banner was a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and, she has been an active member of the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM) and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) for over fifteen years.

Dr. Banner has appeared on the Montel Williams Show, has been quoted in several publications, including: Newsweek, Time, Glamour, Men's Health, Women's Health, Brides, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, and The Fresno Bee. Dr. Banner has given lectures on sexuality, relationships, and self-esteem over the past twenty-five years. Dr. Banner's doctoral research was the first Viagra study funded after FDA approval. She conducted her research at Stanford Medical School with Dr. Rodney Anderson and Dr. Robert Kessler, Urology Professors at the time. This research was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in July, 2007. Her postdoctoral research at Stanford Medical Center was in the area of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with sexual arousal for young men and young women. This research was published in the journals: Brain, Journal of Neuroscience, and the Journal of Fertility and Sterility. Her current areas of research interest deal with: fMRI of sexual arousal for older men, the sexual and self-esteem impacts of plastic surgery on women, addressing the potential for undiagnosed attentional deficit disorder in men, women presenting with orgasm disorders, and predicting why men cheat while in a committed relationship. 

Clinical Modaltiy:  Dr. Banner uses brief cognitive-behavior methods to help her patients learn new coping skills so they can optimize their potential in many areas of psychotherapy, whether sexual, self-esteem, or interpersonal. Dr. Banner has been trained in hypnotherapy and uses this method to help people learn to relax and manage their stressors more effectively. She has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and uses this method effectively to help people recover from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Banner is not opposed to exploring and integrating other modalities to help people learn to optimize their potential. Her example is: "if people have lived one way, she is going to help them learn to think out of the box and explore new ways of thinking and being, so they can make choices for change." Her belief is that "we all have the capacity to learn to grow rather than fear change and try to micromanage ourselves and our world to control our fear. It is better to face the fears and learn from them than to try and control them-when they really end up controlling us."     

© Linda Banner 2012