Rich Espinal, MA, LCPC, NBCC
Director of Strategic Initiatives
My name is Rich Espinal and I am a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Psychotherapist. My preferred pronouns are he/him/his.
In my experience, most people and potential clients find their way to this page by word of mouth. You may have enlisted a trusted medical provider, educator, family member, colleague, or friend. I am grateful for your presence and attention as you explore if we can build an effective partnership.
I believe the most powerful skill I possess as a counselor is my ability to connect with people. The foundation of the time we spend together will be built on trust, patience, and the openness to receive you as you are. The alliance and working relationship we create will empower us to achieve success – however you choose to define it.
I welcome people of varied and diverse backgrounds into my practice. It is through my conversations with clients that I am further in touch with what makes us all human and how varied that experience can be. Connecting with a diverse group of people has nurtured and fulfilled me over the course of both my personal and professional life. I believe in a holistic and collaborative approach in therapy. This allows us to explore all dimensions of wellness and for you to achieve balance. Through advanced training and clinical experiences I have developed an expertise in working with the following populations:
adolescents/young adults exploring identity and life transitions
families with diverse and vibrant histories
romantic partners committed to feeling connected and aligned
groups committed to leveraging their diverse strengths and capacities
The curriculum, professors, mentors, and clinical experiences in Northwestern University's Counseling Psychology program empowered me to work within a crisis setting, create a thriving group practice, and live my passion as a counselor and consultant. My internships at The Family Institute, Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, and The Mental Health Human Rights Clinic prepared me well for a career in delivering effective psychological services. Prior to Northwestern, I was a diversity and inclusivity administrator in a private high school setting. I also had the privilege of serving on the psychological services team, facilitating affinity and multicultural groups for teenagers, and coaching sports (football, basketball, lacrosse). Sports have remained an integral part of my life. In addition to majoring in Psychology and Studio Art at the College of the Holy Cross, I had the honor of playing on our NCAA football (D-1AA) and lacrosse (D-1) teams.
In addition to being a counselor, there are many other things that bring me joy. I am a husband and father of three curious, energetic, and creative boys. An ideal day includes: connecting with people, embracing opportunities to live mindfully, sitting in meditation, exercising along the lake front, an abundance of humor and laughter, soulful music, and comfort food. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am currently focused on gaining knowledge around relationships, entrepreneurship, and the world of finance.
Rich trained at the following institutions:
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
The Family Institute, Evanston, IL
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Nazareth Family Center, Chicago, IL
Rich is a member of:
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish.