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Diane McClain, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Grief Coping with life changes Coaching
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About me

My name is Diane I have more than 30+ years of experience doing therapy. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient settings as well as family service agencies and private practice. My approach is client centered with a strong focus on solution oriented short term therapy. I am a direct communicator, but use humor often to help clarify issues and to create an intervention that is easier to remember for my clients. Life sometimes is very hard, it is our reaction to it that makes it harder or easier. We can grow and learn to make our decisions based on our values and interests so that we are not fighting with ourself over the decisions that were always ours to make. We all make choices that have far ranging consequences for ourself and others- let us make them after a careful, honest self examination- therapy can provide a safe place for this self examination. .

I have an interest in providing therapy and support for caregivers, clients with new medical challenges and families dealing with end of life issues.
I have specialized in grief and loss as well as anxiety and depression.

I am a direct communicator and have been able to " speak truth to power" so one of my subset of experiences is coaching executives who have lost their jobs and are going through emotionally challenging times.

I am experienced at counseling cross cultural and interfaith families both at the pre-marital stage and further along in the marriage. I also have counseling experience ( as an ally) with GLBTQ+ counseling, coming out, managing the family disclosure and acceptance and straight spouse issues as well.

Make no mistake, people need to work in therapy. A good therapist does not provide a NEST ( never ending supportive therapy) but rather a launching point.

So if you are ready to launch me

Professional experience

43yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy

License information

IL LCSW 149.013411


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Diane McClain. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I could not recommend Diane enough, she is incredibly proactive and always has practical advice and support to offer. I never expected to get this much from therapy, but I really have come a long way with Diane's help and am so grateful for her. No session is dull as she will always find a topic to explore even when I don't know what to talk about. She gives 100% to her clients and is really a dedicated therapist. Thank you Diane!

Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Diane for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Diane is great, A no nonsense therapist who calls it like it is.

Written on Mar 10, 2023 after therapy with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coaching

Very caring and on your side. Tells you what you need to hear in a direct but compassionate way.

Written on Mar 03, 2023 after therapy with Diane for 1 week on issues concerning grief

Supportive ,intelligent and extremely helpful

Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

This Therapist is amazing ! She was direct, insightful along with respectful. Exactly what I needed, so grateful for meeting up with her!!!

Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Diane is a great communicator and asks great questions. She definitely challenges the status quo while listening to both the surface and underlying messages and helps me to make good decisions that lead to forward progress.

Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes