Jacqueline Shelton-Espinosa

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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.


General Expertise



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