Kimya Barden Chicago Therapist


Phd- Loyola University 

AM- University of Chicago

South Loop 

1136 Delano ct W, Ste B201

Chicago,IL 60605

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Anxiety , Depression, Grief, Relationships, Stress, parenting, self esteem, Race issues, 


CBT, Psychodynamic, & solution focused, strength based

Insurance Accepted

Blue Cross Blue Sheild PPO


Kimya Barden, Phd


Post Doctoral - Clinician 

I have a PhD in Social Work. I work both as a therapist at Ashe Counseling and Coaching and Social Work scholar/teacher in higher education. I am compassionate, patient, and understanding. My clients would describe me as an ally who is kind, supportive, and invested in the healing power of breathing.


Many of my clients are professionals trying to manage work, family, friends, and self -- often in that order. Thus, my approach is inclusive of CBT, family-systems, and mindfulness to help clients quiet the mental chitter chatter of doubt, acknowledge their resilience of overcoming past pains/relationships,  and cultivate daily peace.


My ideal clients are busy powerhouses, both individuals and couples, who seemingly have it all together but are crumbling inside with self-doubt and worry. In my sessions I help them identify their priorities, create a sustainable plan of work/life balance, and implement it accordingly.  This is achieved through my empathic and non-judgemental style of talk-therapy. 


I am from the South Side of Chicago. I attended Whitney Young High School, Fisk University (located in Nashville TN), the University of Chicago (I obtained my Masters degree), and Loyola University’s School of Social Work to obtain my doctorate.  I have a range of professional mental health experiences including working in early childhood, schools, and community mental health. I am also an Associate Professor who publishes and teaches about the impacts of race-based trauma, stress management, and motherhood.

On a personal note...I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. I am an avid yogi who enjoys a good food festival.