Shaysa Esther Villa, MSW, LCSW

Preferred Name: Shay

About Me

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 navigating anxiety, identity, relationship, and trauma 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. 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 trauma 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 and as a couple.

Education & Experience

Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago Focus: I specialized in mental heath and migration studies. Bachelors of Arts from Hood College Focus: I majored in Social Work and Spanish literature. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois License number: (149021207) Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Washington, D.C. License number: (LC200001502)

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

EMDRIA & Gottman Institute

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Family Issues
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+


  • Spanish