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Telephone

(773) 850-0526
 

E-Mail Address

barbarabaynelcsw@gmail.com

 

Locations

1770 W Berteau Ave, Suite 302A

Chicago, IL 60613

Do I have to have a mental illness go to therapy?

No.  All types of people go to therapy.  Going to therapy does not mean you are weak or flawed. It takes a strong person to seek help for issues that are concerning them and a wise person to recognize that getting help through a professional can bring change faster than doing it on your own. Often there are things hidden from our view and it helps to have an unbiased and non-judgemental person to achieve clarity, focus and forward movement. Contemporary research indicates that health and well-being are dramatically improved when we are meaningfully connected to others.  Human brains are hardwired to heal, grow, change, and manage emotions in relationship.

 
What kinds of problems do you help with? 
 

The following is a list of some of the specific isues I am skilled at addressing:

  • Depression, Anxiety, Irritability or Anger

  • Alcohol and drug use or abuse

  • Behavioral compulsions including cutting, binge eating or restricting, porn, shopping etc

  • Bipolar Disorder diagnosis

  • Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse

  • Marriage/relationship and communication problems

  • Life transitions, loss and death

  • Job Searching or Career changes

  • Identity Issues

  • Low self esteem

  • Body awareness/discomfort with self

  • Feeling alone or disconnected, or like life doesn't have purpose

  • Accident or Medical Trauma

  • Chronic pain or illness


What kind of changes can I make with the help of therapy?
  • Finding resolution to the issues that led you to seek therapy

  • Improving self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, goals and values

  • Developing skills to improve your relationships & communication

  • Uncovering new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Processing anger, grief, anxiety, and other emotional pressures

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Feeling connected with yourself, others, and the world around you

  • A sense of meaning, vitality and energy

  • Spiritual growth or awakening

  • Trust in your inner wisdom
     

What can I expect will happen in a session?

The first session is a chance for us to become acquainted and for me to learn about your background and history. I will ask more questions than usual during this session so I can gain some perspective on the problems or issues you want to address.  Before the end of the session, I will review your aims for coming to therapy and share my initial impressions of what our work together may entail.  It can be very helpful to talk about relationships and communication patterns, your family of origin, your feelings, beliefs and wishes. We may also work by bringing attention to your breath, posture, movements, gestures, tone of voice, energy, or facial expressions. Identifying and working with certain emotions, patterns, and impulses is often a more direct path to healing, so I'll ask you to consider working in a mindful way, and can guide you in this process.

 

How frequent are sessions?

Initially, most clients come in once a week. When substantial progress has been made and the client no longer feels the need for weekly sessions, most clients come in bi-monthly. After the goals are met, many clients will schedule sessions as needed or conclude treatment.


How do I know that it's confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. In addition, licensed therapists are oathfully bound to protect your personal information according to federal law. Any information about you, even the fact you are a client, cannot be disclosed without your written permission. The few exceptions to this include suspected abuse of a minor or elderly person and imminent intent to harm oneself or others.  Feel free to download and read my Privacy Policy here.  
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How long does therapy last?

It varies. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular weekly sessions with your therapist.  It is also possible to have two appointments per week, when appropriate.  It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you regularly and actively participate in the process.  

 

How much do sessions cost?

Please see the Fees & Insurance Page - Click Here

 
How do I make an appointment?

Call me at 773-850-0526 for a free consultation
to see if therapy is right for you.

Email me at barbhermanlcsw@gmail.com

 

BARBARA HERMAN BAYNE, LCSW  Psychotherapist

1770 W Berteau Ave, Suite 302A, Chicago, IL 60613

773 - 850 - 0526

barbarabaynelcsw@gmail.com

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