Licensed Professional Counselor in Vernon Hills, IL

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Darakhshinda Bari, LPC

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Licensed Professional Counselor
Portrait Health Centers
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Specialties: Including but not limited to Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Depression, Cross Cultural Difficulties and Awareness, ADHD, Parenting Skills, Teen and Adolescent Concerns, Coping Skills, Positive Change, Bullying, Attachment Issues, Self-Esteem and Self-Worth, PTSD and Trauma, Substance Abuse, Interpersonal and Relational Conflicts, Marital and Relationship Matters, Anger Management, Stress Management, Women’s Issues, Grief and Loss, Eating Disorders, LGBTQ Community Struggles

My counseling philosophy is rooted in the concept of establishing a safe space that is non-judgmental, where clients can heal and grow at their own pace. I work with each client to build a strong therapeutic alliance utilizing empathetic dialogue, to develop a unique therapeutic plan that is shaped by each client’s own personal needs and goals. Within this framework and within an environment of compassion and tolerance, I make sure that my clients feel heard and respected, and that we act as joint participants in their therapeutic journey. I am conversant with several techniques that we can try to promote positive change, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Based Methods, and Play Therapy.

I received my master’s degree in Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University and my bachelors in Psychology from Lake Forest College. Prior to matriculating at LFC, I spent many years raising three kids and living abroad. As such, I have a unique perspective about cross-cultural issues, including isolation, depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, as well as issues facing parents and children. I also have worked with young children and teens suffering from trauma and abuse who also struggle with issues of family detachment, anger, and low self-esteem.

In my free time, I enjoy spending interactive time with my grandchildren, cooking traditional South Asian and Middle Eastern food, and watching classic 1960’s sitcoms.
Payments Accepted
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blue care network
blue cross
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mhnet behavioral health
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Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Therapy  Hypnotherapy
 Addiction  Learning Disabilities
 Adolescents  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Adoption  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Marriage Counseling
 Asperger's Syndrome  Men's Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing
 Bicultural Difficulties  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pet Therapy
 Children's Counseling  Play Therapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Couples  Premarital Counseling
 Depression  Problem Gambling
 Divorce  Psychoanalysis
 Domestic Violence  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Eating Disorders  Psychopharmacology
 Educational Therapy  Relationship Issues
 EMDR  Religious Counseling
 Family Conflict  Self-Esteem Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Sexual Dysfunction
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Stress Management
 Grief and Loss  Trauma and PTSD
 Group Therapy  Women's Issues
 Herpes and STD Counseling  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
175 E Hawthorn Parkway, Suite 235