Therapist in Evanston, Illinois Layla Byrnes, Therapist

License: LSW

Provider Gender: Female

Ages Served: 15-65+

Appointments: In-office and Telehealth

Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only

Therapist in Evanston, Illinois Layla Byrnes, LSW

Layla Byrnes, LSW

Layla Byrnes is a compassionate Licensed Social Worker based in Illinois, bringing a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to her practice. With a journey that began in Philosophy, Layla holds a Bachelor of Arts and furthered her education with a Master of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Public Policy. Since obtaining her license in 2018, Layla has dedicated herself to creating a safe and inclusive space for individuals seeking growth, self-discovery, and authentic connections.

Layla is proud to declare her practice as Queer- and Kink-friendly, fostering an environment that embraces diversity and understands the importance of affirming all identities and expressions. Her expertise extends to Polyamory and Ethical Non-Monogamy, where she navigates the complexities of attachment needs within these unique relationship dynamics. Layla recognizes the significance of acknowledging and understanding diverse forms of intimacy, providing guidance and support to individuals exploring alternative relationship structures.

In her therapeutic approach, Layla emphasizes the creation of a safe and non-judgmental space, encouraging clients to authentically learn and grow while fostering a sense of autonomy within their communities. She believes in the power of suspending beliefs that no longer serve individuals and guides them through this process with respect for their boundaries. Layla understands that sometimes it’s challenging to see the “forest for the trees,” and she offers valuable assistance to navigate life’s complexities.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Layla finds joy in both the simple and significant moments of life. Whether it’s indulging in a feel-good yoga stretch or the comforting glow of tea light candles, she appreciates the beauty in simplicity. Layla’s love for big moments is evident in her fond memories of Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour in the 90s and the celebratory atmosphere of graduation ceremonies. Her close-knit circle of friends and family holds a special place in her heart, alongside her beloved cat, Athena.


Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • ComPsych
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Humana
  • MediNcrease Health Plans (MHP)
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Pathways (Amita Health)
  • Zelis (HFN Network Solutions)


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couples/Marital Counseling
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting Skills


  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • First Responders
  • Head Injuries
  • LGBTQ+
  • Men
  • Military/Veterans
  • Women


  • English



Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Layla Byrnes. You can also call 847-440-5760 to have someone assist you.

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