111 Lions Dr. Suite 201 Barrington, IL 60010


 Therapists at Affective Counseling are now offering telehealth services to new and current clients who reside in Illinois. 

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"Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still." -Chinese proverb

We offer services in Spanish and Polish

Affective Counseling offers wholistic and individualized counseling for adults, adolescents, children, couples and families.  We are dedicated to helping our clients overcome life obstacles, reach personal goals and maintain good mental health.


Affective Counseling is committed to understanding the specific needs of its clients and providing individually tailored treatment for each of them. Our philosophy is based on the belief that individuals know themselves better than anyone else, and possess the wisdom, insights and strength to navigate through life’s challenges. Our role as therapists is to assist our clients in connecting to those frequently unrealized or forgotten strengths and insights by joining them on an exploration of their beliefs, values and perception of self. Using an array of research-based techniques, our therapists can attain a deep understanding of the singular experiences and emotional needs of each client and offer alternative perspectives and effective tools to achieve a client’s personal goals.



  • Anger Management
  • Couples Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Tranistion
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personality Disorders

  • Psychosis
  • Realtionships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma


Those who choose to attend counseling often identify a particular concern or have a general feeling of unhappiness or dissatisfaction that affects one or more areas of their lives. Frequently, people try to make changes in their lives but have not been able to achieve the desired progress on their own. The primary focus of counseling is to gain a deeper understanding of individual obstacles and to develop alternative approaches to navigating personal barriers. Although choosing to begin the counseling process can initially feel overwhelming or intimidating, as time progresses a person comes to understand that counseling is simply having a conversation with a trustworthy professional who is committed to understanding your concerns and helping you reach your goals.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a therapeutic approach that was designed to improve symptom management for mood dysregulation and interpersonal relationships.

There are four different core areas that are addressed in DBT: Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills.

This 16 week course that breaks down the four sections of DBT into month long units.  This is a psychoeducational group that will teach tangible skills that can be applied to individual circumstances and used on a daily basis.

The course can benefit those struggling with: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Anger Management, Eating Disorders, OCD and Trauma. 

Adolescent/Young Adult and Adult groups available starting August 2022.  Groups are in-person at our Barrington office. 

Please contact Catherine Ness if interested at: info@affective-counseling.com or 224-655-2655 x 2