Shaysa  Villa

Shaysa Villa

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Illinois Accepting Online
South Loop Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 2, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Race and cultural identity

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

As a modern therapist, I provide culturally sensitive, unique, and creative therapy to help individuals and couples. I understand how hard it can be to find a therapist that seems relatable or trustworthy. I work particularly well with individuals in their 20s, 30s, or early 40s looking for a therapist that "gets it". This may be an overwhelming point in your life, but pursuing psychotherapy can be one of the most transformative experiences you can take to heal & grow from your current state.

As your therapist, I will help you navigate ways your thoughts may be negatively impacting your life. I will help you learn ways to manage and pursue the goal of not allowing anxiety and depression to derail your days. My role will be to help you explore and identify unclear reasons that prevent you from living or having your envisioned life.

My approach is compassionate and to truly listen. I seek to be in-tune with you as an individual.


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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Optum
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)


South Loop practice
1136 South Delano Court, Suite B201, Chicago, IL 60605
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed
  • Thu 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed
  • Thu 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Work and Education

Loyola University of Chicago, MSW
Hood College, BA