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.

Our clinicians are able to provide in-person individual and couples therapy services from our offices in Chicago, as well as virtual therapy services if you are located anywhere in Illinois and Washington, D.C. You can learn more about each of our clinicians below.

Our Clinical Team

Hi! I’m Candice Love (she/her).

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).

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).

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 Fabiola Cuevas Flores (she/her).

I believe that the experiences we live through, the communities we belong to or encounter, and the systems we live in influence every part of us. Our mind, body, and soul are interconnected and it is important to care for all. For these reasons, a person-centered approach, trauma-informed care, and cultural humility are at the forefront of my clinical practice. All people are unique and given so, are experts in their own lives. I aim to make the therapy space collaborative where you and I are both teachers and learners.

Hi! I’m Sarena Korni (she/her).

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 Aalanah Peoples (she/her).

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 Andres Carrion (he/they).

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 Raechel Pierce (she/her).

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).

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.  

Hi! I’m Veronica Cross (she/her).

I’m here to assist you on your path to change and make a better life for yourself. Whatever the reason you are seeking counseling at this time, there is hope, there is healing ,and you are not alone in this undertaking. My goal as a therapist is to provide you a safe, empathetic space so that you can feel seen, heard, and empowered to make the changes you seek in your life. I am straightforward and direct when needed, and I will challenge you when necessary to help you accomplish your goals. I believe therapy is not one-size-fits-all and I will work with you to determine the best approach for you.

Hi! I’m Margot Rice (she/her). I am a psychotherapist-in-training and I am currently completing my practicum internship at Roamers Therapy under the supervision of Shaysa Villa, LCSW.

Life can be filled with daunting amounts of unknown, often taking an unexpected and nonlinear route. When fear, stress, and feelings of anxiety overwhelm us, it can be difficult to know how to handle whatever comes next. Deep, meaningful connection, with both ourselves and others, can help us to feel supported, less alone, and more fulfilled as we move through the next unknown day.

Hi! I’m Andrae Laws and I usually go by Drae (he/they). I am a psychotherapist-in-training and I am currently completing my practicum internship at Roamers Therapy under the supervision of Shaysa Villa, LCSW.

As humans, it is natural for us to experience highs and lows as we navigate through life. However, sometimes our lows are too overwhelming—we feel stuck and alone. This feeling may hinder us from experiencing joy, showing up for the people we love, and reaching our fullest potential. My therapeutic approach is shaped by three beliefs: (1) regardless of your past and current situation, you are worthy of love and respect, (2) you have inherent strengths, and (3) systemic oppression plays a role in way we think, feel, and behave; therefore, in therapy, it is important to consider the relationship among systemic oppression, mental health and the multiple identities we hold.

Hi! I’m Marina Teruel (she/her). I am a psychotherapist-in-training and I am currently completing my practicum at Roamers Therapy under the supervision of Nathalia Gonzalez, LCSW

We are lucky enough to have unique experiences in life that shape us into the individual we are. Some experiences can be joyful while others can be difficult. It may be easy for difficult experiences to overshadow the good; no two persons’ experiences affect them the same. I aim to celebrate each person’s unique identities in a safe environment while supporting them on their mental health journey.

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