Our Clinicians and Trainers

Our Clinicians and Trainers

Senior Staff

Carolyn Schneider, "A.M., LCPC, Director (she/her/hers)
Contact: cschneider@cca-cct.com
Carolyn has provided client-centered counseling, supervision and training since 1989. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and completed internship training, began her career as a therapist, and later served as director at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center (CCPC), the outgrowth of Carl Rogers’ University of Chicago Counseling Center. She has also served as Mental Health Director at the Center on Halsted, and as Director of Professional Development at Live Oak. In founding Chicago Counseling Associates, Carolyn is pleased to bring together a community of clinicians, trainers and trainees dedicated to rigorous practice and person-centered values. She aspires to provide a level of service that honors the exceptional education and support she received from her mentors, particularly Barbara Brodley, Nat Raskin, Garry Prouty, Marge Witty, Susan Pildes, and Barbara Roy. She is gratified to work with such dedicated and purposeful learners at CCA.

Carolyn’s clinical practice covers a wide range of issues, populations, and modalities. She has particular expertise in couples therapy, trauma work, gender identity and sexual orientation, depression, career and family transitions, body image, disordered eating, and self-esteem. She works closely with her clients to create strong, trustworthy and freeing relationships which foster change. Carolyn maintains ongoing consultation with Dr. Randi Ettner regarding gender and sexuality, trained with Dr. Garry Prouty in the pre-therapy method for working with schizophrenia and developmental disabilities, and has completed and provided training at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Centralized Training Institute.

Susan Pildes, LPC, Senior Trainer and Consultant (she/her/hers)
Susan has over 40 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families in agency and private practice settings. She has taught in Chicago graduate programs for over thirty years, and is a much prized consultant to various community organizations. Susan is particularly skilled in collaborating with other medical and psychological professionals in client care, offering a holistic approach to her work with clients and their chosen or birth family. Her areas of expertise include work with couples and families, visual artists, disorders of attention, substance and process addictions, sexual orientation and gender identity, domestic violence, and survival of traumatic experiences. Susan studied intensively with Dr. Barbara Brodley for over 35 years, and also counts Jerold Bozarth Ph.D., Marge Witty, Ph.D., and Randi Ettner Ph.D. amongst her teachers and colleagues.

Marge Witty, Ph.D., Senior Trainer and Consultant (she/her/hers)
Marge is an experienced client-centered therapist, licensed clinical psychologist, author, and educator who was first introduced to the client centered approach in 1972 when she took the community practicum at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Research Center.  She has recently retired from the position of Professor and University Fellow at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, and is engaged in full time clinical work and supervision of graduate interns.  Marge completed her M.S. in Counseling Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and her Ph.D., also in Counseling Psychology, at Northwestern University. Marge is interested in critical psychology and the social and economic roots of psychological distress. Areas of expertise include psychological studies in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and intersex persons, qualitative research in psychotherapy process and outcome, and life span development.

Leah Nuetzel, A.M., LCSW, Training Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Contact: lnuetzel@cca-cct.com
Leah earned her master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and her B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has advanced training in client-centered psychotherapy, as a graduate of the Barbara Temaner Brodley post-graduate fellowship program at CCA, as well as advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and integrative practice methods from her fellowship at the Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. Leah’s work in community mental health and with the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline informs her feminist relational and trauma-informed approach. Clinical interests include humanistic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as the treatment of complex trauma and abuse, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, life transitions, emerging identities, and LGBTQ gender and identity. Her interdisciplinary background, which includes theatrical and movement training and work as a creative writer, provides the foundation for her practice.

2018/19 Barbara Temaner Brodley fellows

Natalia Borrero, M.A., LPC, NCC (she/her/hers)
Contact: nborrero@cca-cct.com
Natalia received her M.A in Clinical Mental Health from Adler University, where she also completed a Social Justice Practicum with the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center. Her undergraduate work was at Loyola University where she earned a dual B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. From 2011 to 2017, Natalia worked at Between Friends, a nonprofit organization focused on eradicating the cycle of violence and building healthy relationships. As a Senior Prevention and Education Specialist, she facilitated a Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program to youth of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, and gained extensive experience supporting clients coping with unsafe and harmful relationships. Natalia’s empathic approach, warmth, and attuned listening are conducive to a safe and inclusive space for her clients. She is committed to providing services that are trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive, and inclusive of diverse sexual and gender identities, expressions, and practices. Natalia is motivated to help clients find authentic self-expression and new paths for growth. She is a native Spanish speaker and offers therapy in Spanish and in English.

Bert Fox, M.A., LPC (he/him/his)
Contact: bfox@cca-cct.com
Bert received his master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University which he completed after a successful 16 years in a corporate marketing career. Bert believes that by creating a collaborative and safe therapeutic relationship, he can be a strong and empathic partner to his clients as they explore the challenges they face and find new ways to initiate growth and change. His clinical interests include LGBTQI affirmative therapy, men’s issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, gender and sexual identity development, addiction, and concerns around sex, relationships and intimacy. He is sex positive and attuned to the needs of poly, non-monogamous, kink and BDSM clients. Bert works from a client-centered theoretical approach and integrates solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness practices into his work.  Bert works from both our Lincoln Park and Andersonville locations.  

Blue (Baylie Roth), A.M., LSW (he/him/his)
Contact: blue@cca-cct.com
Blue received his A.M. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and his B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont. Prior to graduate school, Blue worked at the Howard Brown Health Center and the Broadway Youth Center serving transgender and gender expansive people in various capacities (program manager, patient navigator, research assistant). During his first graduate internship at PEER Services, he provided therapy and support services to adolescents coping with substance abuse. As grounding values, Blue believes strongly in a client’s right to self-determination, and he draws on his background with music to understand the many paths to healing. Blue aims to provide a supportive space for individuals and couples to explore growth and change. He is sex-positive in his approach and has experience working with both monogamous and open relationships. He works from both our Lincoln Park and Andersonville locations.

2018/19 Clinical Interns

Zachary Lazarus (he/him/his)
Contact: zlazarus@cca-cct.com
Zach received his B.A. in psychology from Earlham College, and is currently completing his master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.  In addition to completing this evening academic program, Zach works full time at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, where he provides therapeutic services to youth experiencing significant emotional challenges.  During his first year graduate internship, Zach provided individual and group psychotherapy services at Korean American Community Services, and he has worked in multiple clinical positions at Jewish Child and Family Services.  His clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. Zach values collaboration, self-determination, self-awareness, and experiential learning. His background as a musician and his interest in the arts broadens his awareness of the many routes for self-expression and growth. Zach offers counseling services in both Spanish and English.

Danielle Littman (she/her/hers)
Contact: dlittman@cca-cct.com
Danielle received her B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing from Northwestern University, and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Prior to graduate school, Danielle facilitated participatory community arts programming at the Chicago Park District, and she has worked as a teaching artist across Chicago, with a focus on identity development, collaboration, and narrative sharing. During her first year of training, Danielle worked at the University of Chicago Charter School - Woodlawn Campus, developing restorative clinical alternatives to discipline for middle and high school students. Danielle's clinical interests include: work related to identity, acute and chronic trauma, body image, life transitions, and radical self-acceptance. She is committed to holding cultural humility, feminist practice, social justice, reproductive justice, sex positivity, and trauma-informed practice as central in her work.

Andrea Mongoven (she/her/hers)
Contact: amongoven@cca-cct.com
Andrea received her B.A. from Macalester College in Minnesota and is completing her master’s degree in counseling psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in Latino mental health. Prior to graduate school, Andrea spent 7 years at Geneva Foundation working as an advocate and case manager for teenagers in the foster care system, helping them navigate issues ranging from family attachment and career planning to substance abuse and systemic inequities. In this work, she incorporated mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and experiential group activities to assist clients to identify and pursue their goals. Andrea also has experience facilitating staff development workshops covering such topics as diversity, civic identity, leadership styles, and group cohesion. She infuses interactive art and movement techniques into her approach and embraces a strengths-based, empathic clinical perspective. Andrea believes that every person’s path to self-actualization is unique and aspires to support her clients in identifying that path. Her areas of clinical interest include identity issues, life transitions, anxiety and depression, relationships, trauma, addictions, and gender expression and identity.

Taylor Welsch (she/her/hers)
Contact: twelsch@cca-cct.com
Taylor received her B.S in psychology from Illinois State University and is completing her master’s degree in counseling psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to graduate school, Taylor worked in human resources in the financial planning, accounting, and professional services industries, serving as a recruiter, HR manager, and in event planning and marketing. Her passion for advocating for employee development and growth informed her decision to transition to the counseling profession.  Taylor has volunteered for many years with the American Heart Association, where she served on the young professional’s board and established a fundraising run for families experiencing congenital heart defects. She has also volunteered with Children’s Home and Aid in Bloomington, where she assisted youth with life skills and case management activities. Areas of interest include anxiety, trauma, depression, career counseling, health and chronic illness management, and LGBTQ identity. Taylor’s genuine and empathic approach provides a safe space for her clients to pursue growth and change.

Training Affiliates

Anne Brody, Psy.D. (she/her/hers)
Anne is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the field for over twenty-five years.  She is currently the clinical director at the University of Chicago Student Counseling and Resource Center.  Prior to joining the staff at the U of C, Anne was a supervisor and clinician at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Hyde Park and an adjunct faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Cal Calvird, M.A. (he/him/his)
Cal received graduate degrees from Columbia College Chicago (M.A. Interdisciplinary Art) and The Chicago School for Professional Psychology (M.A. Clinical Psychology; Counseling Specialization). In addition to his private practice, Cal is an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and regularly facilitates workshops and trainings at the Open Studio Project in Evanston. Cal’s clinical interests include relationship and sexuality issues, LGBTQ identity, HIV and substance use issues, mindfulness and creativity practices, artist identity, and issues related to performing and visual artists.

Sharon Mier, Psy.D. (she/her/hers)
Sharon has recently returned to private practice in Ithaca, New York after ten years with Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Sharon developed an innovative clinical outreach program called Community Consultation and Intervention. The program's intent was to advocate for, and provide support to, college and graduate students who generally would not access mental health services. Prior to joining the Cornell staff, Sharon spent five years in Leeds, England working both at the University of Leeds Counseling Service and in community mental health. Before moving to the UK, Sharon served as Dean of Students at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, had a private practice, and was a clinician and supervisor at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center.

Kathryn Moon, M.A. (she/her/hers)
Kathy is a client-centered therapist in private practice in Chicago. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families.  She is an author and editor, has taught client-centered theory and therapy at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has provided consultation and training to service organizations, such as the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center and the Chinese American Service League. At present, in addition to private practice, she is a consultant trainer with The Schools Group, a graduate student practicum site that provides counseling in Chicago elementary schools.

Mary Beth Napier, Psy.D. (she/her/hers)
Mary Beth holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and a master’s in pastoral studies.  She has a private practice in Evanston where she provides psychotherapy for couples, families, and individuals of all ages.  Mary Beth provides consultation to students, professionals and agencies on LGBT issues, therapy with survivors of trauma, and animal assisted therapy.  Her areas of clinical expertise include feminist therapy, LGBT issues, animal assisted therapy, mindfulness, mind-body integration, working with diversity and individual differences, and working with trauma survivors and international students.  Mary Beth has been an adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University) and Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Ted Welsch, Psy.D. (he/him/his)
Ted is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of Client Centered Counseling Associates in Plainfield, Illinois. He has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago. Prior to establishing CCCA, he worked at a community mental health center, a parish, a psychiatric hospital, and a nursing home. Ted works with individuals, couples, and families, provides psychological evaluations and court ordered psychological assessments and has provided counseling services to adolescents in juvenile detention.  Before becoming a psychologist, Ted worked in various capacities in the construction field. He enjoys a fulfilling family life with his wife and four children.

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1000 W Diversey, Suite 275
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(satellite office)
5209 N Clark, 2nd Floor
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phone: 773-281-7200
email: info@cca-cct.com