About Us

Roamers Therapy was created by Shaysa Villa (she/they) understanding how hard it can be to find a modern & down-to-earth therapist. We work particularly well with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal stressors. We take a culturally sensitive, unique, and creative approach to therapy to help individuals and families achieve mental well-being. 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. You can learn more about each of our clinicians below.

Our Clinical Team

Hi! I’m Candice Love (she/her). I am a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

Life is truly a gift that is meant to be enriching, filled with freedom and happiness. At times we experience challenges that prevent us from living life the way we truly desire. As a modern cognitive behavioral therapist, I understand these challenges and how they may alter us internally. My approach to therapy is a collaborative, solution focused and nonjudgmental.

Hi! I’m Crystal Thomas (she/her). I am a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

As we grow and develop as humans, we often find ourselves confronted by issues from the past – issues we may have thought long-resolved. These issues can manifest in our relationship dynamics, our perceptions about ourselves, and our means of coping with our environment. My role is to join you in confronting these things so that you can integrate and learn the lessons these past experiences are meant to teach you. In our work together, you are the expert. You decide what your experiences mean and how they impact the person you are. Along the way, I will ask you questions designed to introduce new perspectives and to remind you of your strengths and abilities.

Hi! I’m Nathalia Gonzalez (she/her/ella). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL & I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

Because life is ever changing, my hope is to find innovative ways to meet your evolving needs, assist you to identify what living a meaningful life would look like, and determine how to actively take steps towards making that a reality. Sometimes this entails processing and consolidating experiences of harm that have impacted your perception of yourself, others, and the world. As a creative, eclectic therapist, with a trauma informed approach, my focus is exploring opportunities geared towards strengthening an individual’s capacity to lessen the impact of harmful experiences on their ability to live out their values and experience joy.

Hi! I’m Sarena Korni (she/her). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

I strive to build meaningful and impactful relationships with anyone who decides to begin individual or couples therapy with me. As we are developing our therapeutic relationship, I seek to understand and demonstrate respect for your identities, your perspective of the world, and to provide a therapeutic space that empowers you to find peace, balance, and security within. I believe that you are capable of healing, growth, and success with the right support and knowledge. My hope is to be that support and provide the knowledge that you seek.

Hi! I’m Andres Carrion (he/they). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

As a person-centered and multicultural oriented therapist, it is my philosophy that you know yourself better than anyone else and that it is your right to guide the therapeutic process. I strive to meet clients where they are at. I believe that you are a unique individual with diverse experiences and there is value in that. The differences that make you, you, should not only be seen, but understood and validated. 

Hi! I’m Aalanah Peoples (she/her). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

As your therapist, I explore what suits your goals, your identity, and your personality. My clinical approach is inclusive of your visible and invisible identities. My specialties and experiences include depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment, substance use, self-esteem, life transitions, relapse prevention, and relationship issues. I primarily utilize Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the Gottman Method, and Motivational Interviewing.

Hi! I’m Dennisah Dampeer (she/her). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

There will be highs and lows, but sometimes the lows may impact the best of you. While going through these experiences, you may find yourself needing support of an unbiased, professional, and experienced individual to guide you through. As your psychotherapist, I will support you by helping you build connection with yourself and others. I hope to help you get back to yourself by finding meaning of your past experiences, present moments, and future goals. 

Hi! I’m Juan Contreras (he/him/él). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

We often feel stuck or so overwhelmed with emotional experiences and negative thoughts. When these experiences get to us, we feel trapped, unheard, distressed, and even hopeless. These types of experiences eventually keep us from pursing what’s important in life. So, as your trauma-informed and culturally sensitive therapist, I’d like to invite you to join me in a unique experience where you can share and explore your experiences in a non-judgmental and affirming space. In collaboration, we will identify ways to manage time-consuming thoughts, emotional experiences, and other related behaviors that prevent us from pursuing our personal values in life.

Hi! I’m Raechel Pierce (she/her). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

Sometimes life throws us challenges that are too overwhelming to handle alone. As a trauma informed and culturally sensitive therapist, I understand the importance of allowing space and time for healing in a non-judgmental space. As your therapist, my priority is that you feel comfortable as we work through these difficulties together. My approach is collaborative, as your voice is equally important. This is your lived experience, and my role is to help guide and gently empower you towards realizing a better version of yourself.

Hi! I’m Raquel d’Escoto (she/her). I am a psychotherapist in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. I currently practice at Roamers Therapy.

Philosophy

Life is fun and exciting but also challenging. At times life is overwhelming and we are not sure how to deal with how we are feeling. Sometimes it is difficult to name what you are feeling and working through them can seem impossible. Through my work with those experiencing domestic violence, I have seen a range of individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and more. As a modern eclectic trauma informed therapist, I recognize and understand the importance of creating a space that is free to be expressive and non-judgmental.  

   
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