Bella Pecyna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Chicago, IL with a focus on helping young adults with anxiety and other trauma-related issues. Many of her clients are independent, driven and have thrived academically or in their careers. They are often appreciated by others for being grounded and helpful. Yet, they struggle to find true peace with themselves, their lives and their relationships.
Bella is particularly helpful to clients experiencing anxiety, overthinking and find themselves either overwhelmed, disconnected or uncertain. For a lot of her clients, these issues stem from relationship experiences or trauma(s) in their past that continue to cause discord underneath the smooth surface they’ve kept intact over the years.
Bella’s approach integrates waves of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Parts Work. This combination helps clients better understand their inner world of thoughts, emotions and aspects of personality. This approach provides clients with practical strategies while working towards the deeper work required for long-lasting change. Clients develop a healthier relationship with themselves, others and find increased peace and life direction.
Bella also utilizes Flash Technique and EMDR which helps resolve symptoms found – sometimes to a client’s surprise – to be rooted in past experiences. Many of Bella’s clients come to her seeking EMDR and/or Flash after hearing about these unique and effective treatments.
Bella has always valued authenticity, connection and compassion and demonstrates such values in her work with clients. She is sensitive to ensuring clients feel secure, valued and adequately supported. She believes mutual respect and equal partnership between therapist and client is essential to good therapy. Bella offers the flexibility of remote therapy sessions, and welcomes new clients to her online practice with plans to soon provide the option of in-person sessions in the West Loop.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Panic attacks / panic disorder - Brief, intense periods of overwhelming fear or anxiety
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
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Years of Experience: 5 years
PCC Community Wellness Center, Behavioral Health Consultant (Leadership), 2017 - 2021
AMITA Health , PHP Therapist, 2017 - 2018
University of Chicago , Master of Arts in Social Work , 2017