Willie Barnes

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Willie Barnes

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 149.009825
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Springfield, Illinois 62704
Springfield, Illinois 62703

My Approach to Helping

My home and my private practice are in the Midwest. I am committed to helping people overcome depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, adjust to challenging life changes, and other stresses that affect all of us at some point in our lives.

I believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest care without judgment and cooperatively assisting my clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, I draw from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging, and direct.

My credentials include the following: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), and I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois.

I have over 48 years of experience as a mental health professional. Before starting my own practice, I founded an organization, REACH, Inc., to provide psychotherapy and urgent care counseling, and, later, I established a child welfare agency to assist children who were abused and neglected, runaways, and single parents with difficult youth. I have consulted with dozens of organizations and taught at Chicago State University and at National Louis University, as well as presented workshops across the U.S.

I have vast experience counseling clients with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship difficulties, and a wealth of experience working with high-risk populations, the elderly, and supervision. My background makes me a very good social worker who can help people from all walks of life.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Spirituality
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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