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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.

Blue Roth, A.M., LCSW, Supervisory Fellow (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.

2019 Barbara Temaner Brodley fellows


Ashley Allcorn A.M. (she/her/hers)
Contact: allcorn@cca-cct.com
Ashley received an A.M. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and her B.A. in social work from Texas State University. Ashley also has an M.A. in Philosophy and Applied Ethics from Texas State University. Prior to moving to Chicago, Ashley taught philosophy and ethics at Texas State with a focus on feminist theory, sexual ethics, animal ethics, moral psychology, and food ethics. Ashley has experience facilitating music therapy and media literacy workshops and volunteered for many years with the Boys and Girls Club, where she mentored youth and facilitated female empowerment and life skills groups. Ashley has also offered counseling on a volunteer basis with Communities in Schools programs, and she recently designed and implemented a group centering on consent, sexuality, and relationships with high school students. Ashley works from a client-centered theoretical approach and practices from a post-modern and philosophically informed lens. Ashley’s clinical interests include: artistic expression, mindfulness, sexual and gender identity exploration, sex positive approaches, existential questioning, ethical problem solving, and body image. Ashley believes in creating a trauma-informed and empathetic space that allows the therapeutic relationship to flourish.

Erin Ekeberg, A.M., LSW (she/her/hers)
Contact: ekeberg@cca-cct.com
Erin received an A.M. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and her B.A. in Environmental Science from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to graduate school, Erin directed the behavioral health coaching component of a clinical trial investigating innovative approaches to post-operative care for kidney transplant recipients. A lifelong soccer enthusiast, Erin has played and coached at all levels from youth through adult, and currently assists in coaching the University of Chicago women’s soccer team. Erin’s clinical interests include life and career transitions, anxiety, depression, management of chronic illness, queer and trans identity, and relationship issues. She brings a deep commitment to collaborative practice and belief in self-determination and self-actualization to her work.

Jane Flotte, A.M., LSW (she/her/hers)
Contact: jflotte@cca-cct.com
Jane earned a master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and completed an internship and postgraduate training at Chicago Women’s Health Center. She has trained in body-centered modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy that supports trauma healing. Jane grounds her practice in values of intersectionality, justice, and creativity. Her experience includes work with trauma, shame, big life decisions, identity development, relationship concerns, and chronic pain and health conditions. She collaborates with clients to build a warm and affirming space where they can feel heard and understood.  

2019 Clinical Interns


Dennisah Dampeer (she/her/hers)
Contact: dampeer@cca-cct.com
Dennisah received her B.A. in Sociology from DePaul University and is currently completing her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition to her graduate work, Dennisah is employed as an admissions counselor for the Chicago School’s online educational programs. Dennisah has volunteered with the Chicago Alliance Against Racist Political Oppression, the World Orphanage Relief Coalition, and she holds a position as graduate student speaker at The Chicago School. She has also spent many years assisting staff at the Chicago Park District with child and adolescent recreational programs. Dennisah’s clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, narrative therapy, and work with couples and families. Dennisah is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming space to support her clients as they share personal challenges, histories and hopes for growth and change.

John Fuente (he/him/his)
Contact: jfuente@cca-cct.com
John earned a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Ithaca College and continued graduate studies in Tuba at Southern Methodist University. To make ends meet, he started working in restaurants, and eventually, playing tuba and restaurants switched places in his life, with vocation becoming avocation and vice versa. John spent the next twenty years working as a chef (including in his own business in Lincoln Square), a vocational culinary arts instructor, and corporate research and development director. The common thread in each stage of his professional development was the mentoring and counseling he provided to staff and colleagues. His passion for helping people better understand and embrace themselves led to a entering Loyola University Chicago’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program in his late forties. John’s approach is grounded in person-centered, existential, and multicultural therapies. His clinical interests include: mindfulness practice, narrative therapy, sex-positive understanding and exploration, LGBTQ+ alliance, and modern men’s issues. He is honored to share and hold an empathic space for clients and recognizes the courage and bravery behind self-examination and personal growth. John continues to play tuba with a jazz quintet and works on navigating life with his partner, their two children, and three dogs.

Isabella Villa Bahamon (she/her/hers)
Contact: ivillabahamon@cca-cct.com
Isabella received her B.S. in social policy 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, Isabella spent more than seven years in education, teaching abroad in Barcelona, Spain, working as a bilingual elementary school teacher with Teach For America in Dallas, Texas, and most recently, working as a high school college counselor with the Noble Charter School Network in Garfield Park. Isabella’s clinical interests include: mindfulness, career/life transitions, anxiety and depression, self-esteem, boundaries, identity development and acceptance, and more. In her free time, Isabella loves to spend time with her new puppy, Lola, watch Bollywood movies, travel, and play tennis. As a white passing woman of color, Isabella aims to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment and is passionate about dismantling oppressive systems of power. Growing up in a Colombian household, Isabella speaks both English and Spanish and looks forward to working with individuals in either preferred language.

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.


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