Samantha Espinosa

Samantha Espinosa, MA

Therapy • Evanston

Now offering online video visits for patients

(312) 546-4193

501 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Bio

As you are beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey, know that I am here to support you and provide you with the knowledge, skills, and tools that will help throughout this time. I believe we all can learn and grow from therapy.

My passion for therapy began in my previous career as an educator. Through my work, I saw the daily demands and resultant stressors that students faced regularly. Additionally, while working in an urban school setting, I saw first-hand how environmental factors contributed to increased anxiety and depression. My father was in the military which meant that someone was always moving and life was ever-changing. It was a very culturally diverse environment which provided me the opportunity to engage with people from various backgrounds. It is the foundation of this diversity that I feel gives me unique insight into the challenges faced while growing up and interacting in quickly changing and emotionally charged environments.

Since starting in the counseling field I have gained valuable experience with group dynamics and individual therapy while working at Hartgrove Behavioral Health Hospital. There I worked in their partial hospitalization program. I also provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) groups, adult processing groups, and a psychosis group in the inpatient units. I primarily use family systems theory and person-centered therapy. I incorporate CBT and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) as well. Although, I am quite eclectic in my therapeutic orientations. I have learned through my experiences that not all theories and approaches work the same for individuals. I am culturally competent and inclusive. I recognize the importance of providing mental health services within our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community.

My education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Education from Clarke University and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology from North Park University. I strive to create a warm, energetic and non-judgmental environment that helps you feel comfortable so we can work together to build a strong therapeutic relationship.

In-network insurances

    Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay

Specialties

    Adjustment Disorder • Anger Management • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Daytime Sleepiness • DBT/CBT • Depression • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • Life Coaching • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Mood Disorders • Occupational Difficulties • Racial Identity • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts • Women's Health Issues

Education and training

  • North Park University, Master of Arts (Counseling and Psychology)
  • Clarke University, Bachelor of Arts (Kinesiology and Education)

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
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