Shaysa Villa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL who specializes in anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, trauma, and identity-based concerns. She frequently works with young professionals and students aged 20 to 40, as well as couples.
Shaysa’s approach is unerringly culturally sensitive; she deeply enjoys working with clients who are persons of color. She understands that one of the biggest items is difficulty finding a therapist who shares one’s own culture and background, and she strives to validate what clients experience as a POC in the workplace and beyond.
In her work with couples, she often incorporates the Gottman Method, as she is Level-3 certified. She will typically start their work together using the Gottman Checkup Assessment to help the couple get oriented in the practice, as well as for her to get to understand the couple’s dynamic on a deeper level.
Shaysa cares deeply about each of her client’s unique experiences, and maintains a compassionate respect for every individual who walks in her door. She looks forward to meeting you in South Loop, where her office is located.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Loyola University of Chicago, MSW
Hood College, BA