ABOUT US

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.

Todd Odell, LCPC, LMFT, Senior Therapist (he/him/his)
Contact: todell@cca-cct.com
Todd has provided client-centered counseling to individuals, couples and families since 1998. He received his M.A. in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, and then completed his internship and joined the staff of the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center. Todd has worked in several private practice and social service agencies in Illinois and California, serving as the Associate Director of Mental Health at the Center on Halsted, Program Supervisor of SPA 2 Wraparound at Olive Crest and most recently providing therapy to families involved with the California Department of Child and Family Services and the juvenile probation system. He has trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as a number of trauma informed modalities including EMDR, and TF-CBT. Todd's clinical interests include life and family transitions, trauma work, management of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, gender identity, and LGBTQ issues. His work is guided by his commitment to the client's self-determination and his belief that each individual has the ability to thrive and grow in a collaborative relationship.

Susan Pildes, LPC, Senior Trainer and Consultant (she/her/hers)
Contact: info@cca-cct.com
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.

Blue Roth, A.M., LCSW, Supervisor (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). Blue completed an internship and the two year fellowship program at CCA, and also interned at PEER Services during graduate school, where 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.

Marge Witty, Ph.D., Senior Trainer and Consultant (she/her/hers)
Contact: info@cca-cct.com
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.


Clinicians


Ashley Allcorn A.M. LSW, Psychotherapist and Intake Coordinator (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 and M.A. in Philosophy and Applied Ethics from Texas State University. Prior to becoming a therapist, Ashley taught philosophy and ethics at Texas State University with a focus on feminist theory, sexual ethics, animal ethics, moral psychology, and food ethics. Ashley volunteered for many years with the Boys and Girls Club and Communities in schools programs, where she mentored youth and facilitated female empowerment and life skills groups. Ashley has offered groups centering on consent, sexuality, and relationships in local high schools and has facilitated workshops on music therapy and media literacy. Ashley is also a researcher and mental health consultant. She has worked with UChicago Urban Labs, University of Chicago Humanities Department, and is currently working with Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Her research centers on creating mental health interventions for postpartum mothers, finding solutions to community violence and poverty, and making college more accessible for first generation college 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, religious trauma, and body image. Ashley believes in creating a trauma-informed and empathetic space that allows the therapeutic relationship to flourish. Ashley offers in-person sessions in Amarillo, TX and virtual sessions to Texas and Illinois residents.

Lisa Andrews, A.M., LCSW (she/her/hers)
Contact: landrews@cca-cct.com
Lisa received her A.M. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and her B.A. in LGBTQ studies and cultural anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to her work at CCA, Lisa is a staff therapist at the Counsel for Jewish Elderly (CJE) SeniorLife program and has extensive experience providing psychotherapy and care management services to adults aged sixty and older. Lisa's clinical interests include depression, anxiety, gender identity and expression, sexuality, aging, coping with grief and loss, life transitions, and complex trauma. Lisa aims to create a warm and empathic therapeutic relationship in which she and her clients collaborate to explore experiences and options in support of ongoing growth and change.

Alaina Bercilla, M.A., LPC, fellow (she/her/hers)
Contact: abercilla@cca-cct.com
Alaina earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and is licensed in both Illinois and Michigan. She has also received degrees in Music Performance from University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.) and University of Michigan (M.M.), and has worked as an orchestral musician and teacher for many years. Alaina’s clinical interests include life and career transitions, explorations of meaning and purpose, anxiety, depression, decision-making, concerns surrounding chronic illness and/or disability, and issues related to creative work and identity. She believes strongly in each individual’s right and ability to determine the best choices for themselves and offers a safe and supportive environment for self-examination. Alaina draws upon mindfulness and acceptance practices, body-awareness and existential approaches, and is queer-informed and sex-positive in her approach. She works with individuals and couples.

Angela Campion, clinical intern (she/her/hers)
Contact: acampion@cca-cct.com
Angela completed her B.A. in gender studies at DePaul University and is currently completing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Adler University. Prior to and while completing graduate work, Angela has also served as a senior manager for the social justice organization Palestine Legal. Angela is a queer bi-racial practitioner interested in helping clients with intersecting identities build awareness, acceptance, and self-compassion. Angela is motivated to support queer and non-queer individuals and partners in traditional and consensual non-monogamous relationships. Angela’s clinical interests include identity development, mindfulness, alternative relationship structures, pleasure, and trauma-informed and somatic approaches.

Ashwin Chugh, M.S.S.W., LCSW, fellow (he/him/his)
Contact: achugh@cca-cct.com
Ashwin holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to becoming a therapist, he held a variety of professional positions in business and political settings across the country. Most recently, he has served as a trauma and complex anxiety specialist in intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, where he has been trained to work with both children and adults. He seeks to provide compassionate care for all in need, including vulnerable populations, people of color, and the creative community.

Peggy Cook, clinical intern (she/her/hers)
Contact: pcook@cca-cct.com

Peggy is currently completing her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She also works as a memoir workshop coordinator and is clinically interested in the power of therapeutic writing and how it can serve as a safe access route to trauma. Prior to graduate school, Peggy was an early childhood teacher and holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Her clinical interests include working with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, issues related to life transitions, relationships, boundaries, pregnancy and childbirth, and mindfulness. She enjoys her family, writing, and traveling.

Erin Ekeberg, A.M., LCSW, Supervisory Fellow (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, a 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, including assistant 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., LCSW, Consulting Supervisor (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.

Amalia Golomb-Leavitt, M.S.W. LSW, fellow (she/her, they/them)
Contact: agolombleavitt@cca-cct.com

Amalia holds an A.M. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology, Music Performance, and Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. She aims to partner with clients in navigating the impacts of environmental and internal circumstances on their ability to thrive and exploring possibilities for taking agency in their own healing. Amalia is trained in EMDR therapy and Movement Trauma Healing, and her therapeutic lens is influenced by her combined lived and clinical experience with survivors of interpersonal, institutional, and community violence; queer, trans, and gender nonconforming communities; adolescents and their families; and community and movement organizers. Amalia is interested in supporting adults, youth, and relationships, and holds a sex positive approach that is inclusive of clients who are monogamous, non-monogamous, kink and BDSM, and involved in the sex trade. She approaches the therapeutic relationship by integrating lenses of client-centered therapy with values of anti-imperialism, self-determination, and harm reduction.

Farah Kurdi-Villate (she/her/hers))
Contact: fkurdivillate@cca-cct.com

Farah completed her master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago’s Crown School of Social Work, Policy and Practice and completed her B.A. in psychology at Marquette University. Prior to graduate school, Farah worked as a case manager with pregnant and post-partum clients in a dual diagnosis substance abuse and mental health residential treatment program and also taught English to fourth grade students in Thailand. Farah has experience with providing behavior interventions and parenting guidance to families with young children. Her clinical interests include sexuality, pleasure, mindfulness, trauma-informed practices, and individual development and identity. Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico by a single Colombian mother, she aims to honor intersectional identities in her work and has a special interest in working with folks, like herself, who identify as immigrants and belong to minority groups. Farah offers non-judgmental, person-centered therapy in both Spanish and English.

Carrie Lydon, clinical intern (she/her/hers)
Contact: clydon@cca-cct.com

Carrie is completing her master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Crown School of Social Work, Policy and Practice. She also holds a master’s in learning and organizational change from Northwestern University. Carrie has worked in the non-profit and higher education sectors, most recently directing wellness initiatives for graduate students. Carrie is a passionate advocate and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and in her free time enjoys spending time in nature, engaging in social justice work, traveling, and spending time with her partner and senior dog, Franklin. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, mindfulness, trauma-informed practices, career and life transitions, and LGBTQIA+ issues and identity development. She brings a collaborative, culturally responsive, and person-centered approach to working with clients to create a space for healing and personal growth.

John Moulder A.M., M.Mus., LCSW, fellow (he, him, his)
Contact: jmoulder@cca-cct.com

John earned his master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and also holds a master’s in music from Northwestern University. John works collaboratively with clients to establish a relationship built on trust and respect, which honors personal uniqueness and fosters reverence for one’s life. His practice includes those wishing to address anxiety, depression, grief and loss, spiritual concerns, loneliness, relationship issues, identity and LGBTQ issues, anger management, substance use, trauma, physical and sexual abuse as well as life transitions and vocational discernment. In the context of a relationship marked by empathy, openness, and a measure of humor, John works collaboratively as a therapeutic ally, supporting clients’ personal healing and evolution. Being a composer and jazz guitarist himself, John spent many years counseling musicians, artists and other creatives interested and involved in the arts. He sees therapy as analogous to the dialogue inherent in music, involving a soulful conversation that opens up new possibilities for wholeness, self-love, understanding, creativity, relationships and personal growth.

Isabella Villa Bahamón, A.M., LSW (she/her/hers)
Contact: ivillabahamon@cca-cct.com

Isabella received her B.S. in social policy from Northwestern University and 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 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. In her free time, Isabella loves to spend time with her 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.

Mei Liou Zarnitsyna(she/her/hers)
Contact: mzarnitsyna@cca-cct.com

Mei earned her M.A. and ABD status in the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago. A second-generation Asian-American, she has lived in Taiwan, Germany, Russia, and throughout the U.S., and is happy to make her home in Chicago, where she is currently in the Ed.S. program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University. She has worked as a translator, a teacher of languages, literature, and philosophy, and in study abroad, and in each context found herself drawn to the role of counselor and mentor. Her clinical interests include depression and anxiety, trauma recovery, grief, identity development, mindfulness, boundaries, and issues related to life transitions, relationships, pregnancy and childbirth, and climate change. Her approach is philosophically informed, queer-positive, and grounded in person-centered, existential, and feminist relational therapy. In her free time she enjoys biking, spending time in nature, learning to play the accordion, languages, art stuff of all kinds, learning new skills, and spending time with her family. She is passionate about collaborating with clients to create a safe, empathetic space for personal growth.

Daniela Zermeno, clinical intern(she/her/hers)
Contact: dzermeno@cca-cct.com

Daniela is currently completing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University, where she also received her B.A. in psychology. As an undergraduate, Daniela interned for an organization advocating for gender-responsive and trauma-informed practices for justice involved women. She also has experience in a mentorship program that implemented coping skills curricula for south side youth. Daniela is passionate about addressing systemic inequities in access to mental health services. Her clinical interests include identity exploration, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, and adjusting to life transitions. Her approach is client-centered and draws from feminist theory to support clients in exploring their intersecting identities.




Lincoln Park
1000 W Diversey, Suite 275
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Andersonville
(satellite office)
5317 N Clark, 2nd floor
To reach us:
phone: 773-281-7200
email: info@cca-cct.com