Bonnie Shelton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My Biography

Bonnie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Bonnie has 10 years of experience in inpatient psych, community mental health, outpatient IOP, community support groups, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. In her free time, she enjoys music, making tie dye, sewing, crocheting, hunting for mushrooms, and gardening.

My Education and Credentials

  • LCSW in Illinois
  • MSW from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Lewis and Clark Community College
  • MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Northern Illinois University

Providing services in:


I’m available:

In-person and Telehealth

I work with:

Kids 6-18, Adults 18+

Individual Counseling Only

My Approach to Counseling

My approach to counseling is holistic, humanistic, and person-centered. I believe my job is to accept and support clients where they are. I believe all humans are worthy of the love and support needed to reach their full potential. I use a variety of counseling modalities to fit each client’s individual needs including CBT, mindfulness, DBT skills, client-centered, solution-focused, and narrative therapies. I especially enjoy using art in counseling to help clients relax in session, to improve self-esteem through mastery of a skill, to foster social connections, and to promote a sense of well-being through creative expression. Additionally, as an occupational therapy assistant, I have specialized training in adapting tasks and environments to meet the needs of clients with emotional, physical, or sensory challenges.

My Areas of Focus

Abuse, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bereavement-Grief Counseling, Bipolar Disorder, Child Abuse, Codependency Behavior, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Intellectual and Development Disability, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Occupational Issues, Pain Management, Parent Support and Training, Personality Disorders, Phobia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotic/ Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, Stress Managment

My Professional Experience

  • Individual counselor and community outreach specialist in community mental health
  • Crisis counselor and case manager with a mobile crisis response team
  • Group counselor and support group facilitator for adults with severe and persistent mental illness in various settings
  • Occupational therapy assistant for inpatient and skilled nursing facilities
  • Theater and fiber arts instructor