Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient individualized psychological care to all clients. We treat a number of mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, stress management and grief and loss issues. We provide a neutral and safe setting to individuals, families, and couples to work through their concerns utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques.
Our focus is to help individuals and families heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Nutritional psychology is an interdisciplinary field that explores the relationship between nutrition and psychological well-being. It investigates how the foods we eat and the nutrients they contain can influence our mental health, cognitive function, and behavior. The field recognizes the bidirectional relationship between nutrition and psychology, meaning that not only can what we eat affect our mental health, but our psychological state can also influence our dietary choices.
Several key areas of focus within nutritional psychology include:
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship with each other.
I believe the one constant thing in life is change, which is ironic, to say the least! Insomuch, I have always been fascinated by why we do the things we do, what makes people tick, how people use deductive reasoning or problems solving skills to make decisions and how we all navigate change. I have also been equally interested in helping people work through problems and reach their goals. I know that creating change, even positive change, can be challenging and oftentimes stressful; however, I also know that making thoughtful, meaningful changes in our lives can be profoundly rewarding, which is why I offer genuine support and sincerely enjoy encouraging my clients to connect with and live as their authentic selves.
Even as a teenager, I knew that I wanted to be involved in healthcare in some way. I was the one friend that everyone went to for advice or "counseling." Because I enjoyed helping others, I decided to study psychology and sociology in college. As I advanced in education, I was attracted to working with children and adolescents and their families. When my practice matured, I broadened it to include adults. I realized that I truly love working with all kinds of people. I find working with different populations, ethnicities and ages is engaging and helps me get closer to being able to answer my life-long question of, “why do we do what we do?”
In a growing world of interracial and ethnic couples and families, people’s culture plays a significant role in their lives. This includes our family history and the structure of how we grew up. I have learned about the importance and impact of how family systems influence us as adults in our close relationship with others.
We both consciously and subconsciously repeat behavioral patterns and find ourselves replaying cycles or acting in ways similar to one or both of our parents—whether those cycles are positive or negative. Identifying and working through unresolved past issues can create so much insight and relief in the present, allowing us to live with increased awareness, engagement and joy.
I feel fortunate to have the parents I do, who I watched overcome many struggles in their lives. They are both survivors, which may be why I feel compelled to help people work through the tough challenges that life inevitably throws our way. My parents are both entrepreneurs and demonstrated strong leadership qualities. They had several businesses throughout the years, and I watched how they re-invented themselves in a fast-paced, changing world. They went from being farmers to florists and ended their careers in real estate. They also undertook another challenging event in their lifetime by adopting me. Adoption was a taboo subject back then, for both the birth family and the adopted family. I am also an only child who grew up in a rural area. At times in my life, I felt lonely and isolated from others. I was shy and very self-conscious around others. I had to learn how to be comfortable being by myself without getting sad, depressed or anxious. Ironically, I also adopted my son, and he is an only child as well. I understand personally—from both sides—the issues that can arise with adoption, and I love helping families better understand and sort through attachment issues, as well as everything else that can come up while raising both biological and adopted families.
I believe in taking a collaborative approach to therapy, and I view the therapeutic relationship as a journey that we embark upon together. In sessions, I will share personal experiences when appropriate, which I think is an important way to build trust—trust being the cornerstone of any successful therapeutic experience. With me, what you see is what you get. I am down-to-earth, genuine, loyal and honest, and most of my clients tell me I am a lot like them or a “real” person. Just because I have an advanced education does not make me better or smarter than anyone else. At the end of the day, I deal with life stressors, just as you do. I try very hard to practice what I preach, but I am not perfect.
I also have a sense of humor, and I love to laugh! Even though therapy can be difficult at times, it can also be fun. I believe that all problems—both big and small—are valid. No matter what a person is dealing with, he/she deserves compassion and support. I have helped people work through everything from major trauma, depression and anxiety to losses and the challenges and stressors that arise in relationships and daily life. I once had a client tell me that I seemed much like Yoda from Star Wars, in that I seemed full of wisdom. While I am not sure how much wisdom I really offer, the compliment made me smile and reinforced my belief in the power of effective therapy.
While I love being a therapist, I also believe in maintaining a healthy life-work balance. Outside of the office, I love spending time with my family and friends. Those close relationships are important, and I believe we need to put them first. I enjoy playing golf, reading a good book and listening to all genres of music. I also enjoy dancing, anything that keeps exercising fun, and I love a great BBQ party! Taking time alone in silence or in my garden is also important to me. I treasure those simple, quiet moments, reflecting on my own.
If you or your child are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship or grief issues, or trying to navigate daily stress or a life transition, please know that you don’t have to do it alone. There is always help and hope for meaningful growth, healing and change. Regardless of what is going on in your life, our team of experts at Barr Counseling & Associates can help you feel supported, heard, well informed and relieved. We invite you to call 847-214-3651 to schedule an initial appointment and/or for a free phone consultation.
Andrea Barr, LCPC earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Stress Management from Roosevelt University and her B.A. in Psychology from Keuka College. Andrea is an accomplished licensed clinical counselor with a solid track- record in developing, implementing and facilitating client-centered therapy programs. She is trained and/or certified in: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy; EAP (Employer Assistance Program); motivational interviewing; DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy); dual diagnosis and addictions training; career management and life coaching training; domestic violence training; adolescent suicide; teen violence and gang awareness; and dream analysis. She is also qualified in providing supervision for those entering the mental health field.
Greg is a licensed clinical social worker who practices mostly Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University and is also a certified anxiety treatment professional. During Greg’s over twenty-five years of practice, he has worked with individuals from many diverse backgrounds in different stages of life. This experience is invaluable as he works with you to establish an open and therapeutic relationship. Greg also brings a wealth of experience working with adolescents, particularly those on the autism spectrum.
Everyone must start somewhere. Paying close attention to what is important to you, Greg will meet you where you are. Taking great care to offer a non-judgmental, supportive environment that values transparency and humor, Greg will focus on helping you achieve the goals that you and he develop together. Greg’s goal is to foster recovery, growth and change while using a person-centered approach dedicated to trust, authenticity, and encouragement. He considers it a privilege to partner with you and make a difference.
Greg enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, listening to music, nature hikes with his family’s two dogs –Zoey and Frankie—and watching documentaries.
We invite you to call Barr Counseling & Associates at 847-214-3651 to schedule an initial appointment and/or for a free phone consultation with Greg Schauble, LCSW
Tatiana received her Master's of Science in Counseling from National Louis University. and is a licensed professional counselor. Tatiana enjoys creating a supportive, warm and collaborative environment for individuals and couples to express themselves, develop breakthroughs and reach their personal and couple goals. Tatiana has worked with individuals and couples in private practice, as well as hospitalized adolescents and their families. She uses an eclectic therapeutic approach including person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and the Gottman Method.
Tatiana works collaboratively with individuals and couples to address issues including:
Also, Tatiana has experience in group work for partners dealing with betrayal trauma and co-facilitated a group for married couples rebuilding their bonds together after infidelity; plus led adolescent psychoeducational groups on various topics including stress and coping skills, and anxiety and depression management.
She has additional training with trauma and holds training in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and specialized trauma training from the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS).
In her leisure time she enjoys reading, kayaking, and traveling with her family.
Barr Counseling & Associates
3833 E. Main St. #1077
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (847) 214-3651
Fax: (847) 214-3669
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Point Boulevard, Elgin, Illinois 60123, United States
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