Welcome to my private practice.

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience working with children and adolescents on a wide array of issues.   I have experience working with adolescents in a residential placement facility for children who were displaced from their families due to sexual abuse or other complicated family situations, as well as adults with developmental disabilities and severe mental health disorders.  Majority of my career, I have worked with children, adolescents, and their families as a school social worker and have extensive knowledge on navigating the school system.  I have both professional and personal experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and a special interest in helping families with the unique challenges that they face.   I also provide psychoeducational support to caretakers and social skills groups for children and adolescents.

About Me

Diona Shelton received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2001 and her Master's in Social Work at Saint Louis University in 2003.  She has a professional certification as a child and adolescent trauma professional and is licensed by the state of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  Diona holds membership with the Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).  She subscribes to such publications as Psychotherapy Networker and Psychology Today.  Diona enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Why Choose New Beginnings?

It is an honor and truly humbling experience to know that you have chosen me as your therapist.  I view therapy as a partnership and work with my clients to set mutually agreeable goals they would like to achieve.

The decision to seek therapy can be an overwhelming one.  I am honored that you have chosen me to help guide you through this journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.

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