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 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

Ashley Allcorn (she/her/hers)
Ashley received her B.A. in social work and her M.A. in Philosophy and Applied Ethics from Texas State University. She is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Prior to moving to Chicago, Ashley taught philosophy and ethics at Texas State University with a focus on feminist theory, gender studies, 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 provided individual and group counseling on a volunteer basis with Communities in Schools programs. Ashley practices from a post-modern and philosophically informed lens; she believes in centering the multiplicity of truths from marginalized voices. Ashley’s clinical interests include: narrative therapy, bibliotherapy, music therapy, mindfulness, sexual and gender identity exploration, sex positive approaches, existential questioning, ethical problem solving, addiction, and body image. Ashley believes in creating a trauma-informed and empathetic space that allows the therapeutic relationship to flourish.

Erin Ekeberg (she/her/hers)
Erin received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She 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, 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.

Kelsey Lamm Rottmuller (she/her/hers)
Kelsey received her B.F.A in stage management from the Theatre School at DePaul University and is currently completing her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, also at DePaul. Prior to graduate school, Kelsey spent over ten years working as a production and stage manager in Chicago and nationally, and she continues her theater work as DePaul Theatre School's current Production Coordinator. In this role, Kelsey has developed training programs for incoming college freshman in technical theater and provided math and reading tutoring for youth from DePaul's Lincoln Park community. Kelsey's volunteer experience includes work with Rape Victims Advocates as a medical advocate and crisis counselor for survivors of sexual assault. Kelsey has experience in creating and facilitating workshops in mindfulness and wellness for teens, process groups for young adults, and career-building workshops for adults re-entering the workforce. Her clinical interests include work related to the intersection of identities, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, body image and self-esteem, boundaries, gender expression, and self-acceptance. Kelsey is committed to creating a safe space for clients to grow and supports her clients' paths to self-actualization from a strengths-based, empathetic, feminist, sex-positive, and culturally humble perspective.

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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