Jackie Shelton-Espinosa MSW, LCSW


I strongly believe that the foundation of the therapeutic process is the connection between two people. Trust and the ability to navigate the journey of life, with all of its challenges and achievements is essential in order for transformation to be realized. A mutually genuine and vulnerable bond can facilitate a dynamic healing process. 


Transitions are part of life and recently societal pressures have exacerbated these transitions for most people, particularly those that are marginalized and oppressed. Therapy is a healing process in which you are the expert and I serve as a compassionate and dedicated guide.  


My therapeutic approach stems from my personal and academic training focusing on strengths and incorporating tools to accept and process pain as opposed to fixing or removing it. The theoretical frameworks I utilize include Trauma Informed Care, Mindfulness, ACT, and person centered. Social justice drives the work that I do personally and professionally. 


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois with a strong commitment to serving the community needs of individuals (adolescents, children and families, adults and seniors) experiencing difficulty in a variety of contexts.


I received my Master’s in Social Work at UIC-Jane Addams College of Social Work in 2003. I have 14 years providing clinical counseling services to children, adolescents, adults and couples.  Clinical counseling services span from community mental health in the non-profit sector to private practice. In addition, I received a Master’s Degree in Grant Writing, Management, & Program Evaluation and have extensive experience in program management, program development, and clinical supervision of mental health outpatient and community services.


I have completed continuing education in the areas of Trauma, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Suicidality & Self-injury, and Cultural Humility/Microaggressions in the Workplace.