Sheila Lester Burgess (she/her/hers)

Accepting Clients

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping diverse clients realize the best version of themselves. Let's talk!

Licensed Professional Counselor in Oak Park, IL

About My Clients

Finding the right therapist can be daunting; particularly for clients from BIPOC and other diverse communities where identity intersections with mental health are so critical. I seek to provide a positive and safe space for my clients. My clinical focus includes mood disorders (bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder), anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety disorder), neurodevelopment disorders (autism spectrum, ADHD) and trauma and stress-related disorders.

My Background and Approach

I hold a master’s degree in Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and am currently pursuing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Prior to my journey to counseling/therapy, I enjoyed a lengthy career in the corporate sector as an I/O psychologist; defining large-scale organizational change management and learning strategies and helping teams work more effectively together. I fundamentally believe that our experiences inform who we are but DO NOT define who we are capable of becoming. As a therapist, I am committed to a ‘whole person’ approach to wellness that considers mind, body and spirit while relying upon evidence-based practices to help clients explore their potential. I have a passion for people and for enabling sustainable behavior change fostered by a deep desire to make an impact on local communities where mental health challenges are often manifested more visibly as violence, homelessness, underemployment and poverty.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that fundamentally all humans are good and that we each strive to do the best we can each day with the tools we have at our disposal. Therapy is about discovering ourselves and fortifying our toolkits. I believe the path to wellness is unique for each individual and my role is to serve as a passionate advocate for my clients; leveraging the power of the therapeutic connection in the process of transformation.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • United Healthcare
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Rate: $150 - 250/session


7086694765 Email Sheila
215 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304

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