Bella Pecyna, Therapist in Illinois — Zencare
Bella  Pecyna
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Bella Pecyna

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Arts, MA
Illinois Accepting Online
Updated September 29, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

People in your life look to you for stable mind and admire you for your achievements. On the outside you have it together – you’ve excelled and generally take good care of yourself.

On the inside you feel anxious and unsettled. You overthink and often feel overwhelmed or disconnected. You’ve attempted to solve the problem by taking more control of your life – you create a more regimented schedule, diet, etc. These changes give you a sense of control and momentary relief, but soon it fades and you start the cycle over again…

You want anxiety to stop imposing on you and gain peace, meaning and life direction. I have good news –that is possible! I’ve seen it happen. I love witnessing meaningful change and I am inspired by watching young adults come to feel valued, adequate and confident. My calm demeanor, training and purposeful approach will help you overcome anxiety and old wounds.

In the beginning, I'll be focused on getting to know you and your hopes for therapy. I will ask questions and listen, with curiosity and compassion. I’ll treat you as an equal and give my authentic feedback, gently challenging you to go beyond the surface. I will help you identify the “whys”, practical strategies to manage your day-to-day struggles, all while moving toward the deeper work that will create the long-lasting change you desire. Through the process, you will develop a healthier relationship with yourself, others, and find peace and direction in your life.


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

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

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $150
  • Initial session: $175 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12-6
  • Tue 12-6
  • Wed 10-4
  • Thu 10-4
  • Fri 10-12
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Illinois: 149021052

Colorado: CSW.09927740



Client testimonials

"It was a good first call"
- Zencare client • January 2022
"Very kind and empathetic"
- Zencare client • November 2021