Shay Espinosa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and board approved LPC-Supervisor and along with her husband owns Integrated Therapy Solutions of Oklahoma, LLC. She has been in the mental health field for 10 years, primarily in administrative and operational roles before becoming a clinical provider. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in History from the University of Central Oklahoma; she completed 24 hours of graduate studies at UCO in Substance Abuse Studies before transferring to Grand Canyon University and graduating with her Masters of Science in Professional Counseling in 2016.
Primarily, Shay’s passion is people; her vision of the outpatient mental health field is to change the stigma related to outpatient agencies and providers that often plagues the field and has caused quality providers to move away from outpatient services. Shay has a desire to help advocate for the providers in the field and spread education and knowledge regarding licensure and accreditation regulations, and believes that if the providers in this field could encompass collaboration before competition – Oklahoma could move to the forefront of mental health services in this nation.
Clinically, Shay prefers to work in the outpatient setting and has a personal preference for home-based services and meeting children and families where they are and working through the entire environment to help the family foster attachment and connection to create safe, healthy and loving emotional and physical boundaries. Her primary areas of focus are children with Reactive Attachment Disorder, and specifically children and families with PANDAS/PANS; as a parent of a child with PANDAS she is focused on spreading education and awareness of this disorder within the mental health field to encourage more providers to gain an understanding of how they can help more families. Shay’s favorite therapeutic approach is “connection and attachment” and enjoys working with children ages 9-16.
Shay is married with three children, ages 3, 13 and 22; having started her journey through motherhood at age 16, she is also focused on helping teen parents (moms and dads) in building lasting relationships with their children and breaking the cycle of absent teenage parents. Shay’s hobbies include playing indoor soccer on the weekends, cooking, traveling and being outdoors with her family.