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 professional certifications as a child and adolescent trauma professional and is certified as a clinical trauma professional through Evergreen Certifications. Diona is licensed by the state of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Missouri Department of Professional Registration. She holds membership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Diona is currently a doctoral candidate at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is preparing to focus her doctoral research on the Autism Spectrum population.

Diona is the Doctor of Social Work President of Phi Alpha Honor Society Phi Tau Chapter and a member of National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). She serves on the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors as the Southern District Chair and serves on the chapter's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Diona is the published author of “Little Man” and best-selling co-author of “Sistah Hooded: Stories of Strength and Resilience on the Doctoral Journey”. Diona has practiced as a school social worker in Illinois for over 15 years.  She enjoys interacting with children, youth, and young adults and being a part of their growth and development.

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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.