Jacqueline Shelton-EspinosaLCSW

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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

I always knew I wanted to help others. I had a positive experience with a therapist during my teen years and it was this experience that inspired me to become a therapist.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

Personality plays a strong role as it is a part of who we are. Personality impacts whether a client and therapist are a good match. My personality reflects the following qualities: informal/laid back, collaborative, direct/honest, humorous, empathic, and nurturing.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

Therapy is your space. I provide guidance and support but strongly encourage my client's to drive sessions and treatment planning. Goals identified need to make sense for you and your life.




Race & Cultural Identity

LGBTQIA related issues

Life coaching

General Expertise

Relationship Issues

Adolescent mental health

Bipolar disorder

Communication issues

Cultural adjustment

Divorce & separation

Family issues

Gender identity & transgender health



First Session


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Eclectic Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional-PESI


IL, LCSW, 149012728


Master's of Social Work-Jane Addams College of Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago

BA (Psychology & Social Work)-Elmhurst College

Master's of Science in Grant Writing & Leadership-Concordia University

Work History

I worked in the Community Mental Health sector from 2006-2018. In 2018 I shifted to group practice. I have experience providing clinical therapy to individuals, couples, and families ranging in age from 12-65.


Montgomery, 60538, IL