Our Counselors Credentials

Taylor Kenneth Newendorp, M.A., LCPC; President and Founder of Chicago Counseling Center, Inc. 

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I founded Chicago Counseling Center in 2011 with the express interest in providing highly specialized and individualized help for people struggling with common issues we all face (stress, self-doubt, and difficulties in personal and professional relationships), as well as lesser-understood mental health disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety and Panic Disorders, and Eating Disorders.

While completing my M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from University of San Diego, I worked at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center where I provided therapy for adolescents and their family members. After graduating, I moved to Chicago and began working at a local behavioral health hospital, first as a therapist in their Eating Disorder program and later as both a therapist and clinical supervisor in their Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. I have completed the International OCD Foundation’s (IOCDF) Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and am currently a member of OCD Midwest (a division of IOCDF).

To me, one of the most important parts of counseling is the therapeutic relationship itself. I enjoy getting to know who people are separate from any type of diagnosis they may have received or problems they are currently experiencing. Thus I take a strengths-based approach to my work, meaning that I help you identify positive qualities and abilities you already possess in order to guide you in using those same assets and capabilities to manage intense emotions, improve your self-esteem, and strengthen your relationships.

I commonly use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to assist you in understanding how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all influence one another. Much of what we feel and how we act stems from what we think, either about ourselves or about others and the world around us; by learning how to identify and challenge negative and self-destructive thoughts, we can better handle our emotional reactions in any given situation.

Overall I tend to blend a mix of therapeutic styles and strategies in order to best meet your particular needs. For individuals struggling with OCD, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety Disorders, I use both CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques. The combination of CBT and ERP has been shown to be the most effective form of treatment for Anxiety and OCD. I incorporate Mindfulness techniques into my treatment as well, as recent research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is highly effective for OCD, Anxiety, and Depression. I don’t just use these methods because of research, though–time and time again I have personally witnessed these approaches help hundreds of people for whom no other types of treatment have worked.

It takes wisdom to acknowledge and admit that you need help, and it takes courage to actually seek it out. If you have made it this far, I encourage you to give me a call to see how I can help you with whatever it may be that is causing you distress or unrest at this point in your life. Although it can be hard to see at times, there is always hope for the future.

Abigail Yeomans, M.S., LPC; Licensed Professional Counselor

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and specialize in working with a variety of mental health concerns. I have worked with adults, young adults, and adolescents struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Anorexia, Bulimia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, and Adjustment Disorder. My experience in the mental health field began in 2010, when I worked at The Chrysalis Center and The Joy Project in Minneapolis as a support group facilitator for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and eating disorders. Shortly thereafter I started pursuing a career, formally, as a counselor while gaining experience as a mental health professional working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

While working toward an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marquette University, I worked at an organization dedicated to empowering and helping survivors of sexual trauma. It was there that I learned how to provide trauma-informed crisis counseling, individual and group therapy, and developed a passion for the effective treatment of PTSD. After graduating in 2012, I began working at Rogers Memorial Hospital in the partial hospitalization PTSD programs. Then an opportunity to assist in opening and running the first FOCUS partial hospitalization mood disorders program arose. I provided treatment for young adults and adults with disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and comorbid diagnoses utilizing evidenced-based individual and group interventions. Witnessing the strength and perseverance of the individuals I worked with continues to fuel my passion for helping young adults and adults during transitional times in their lives, even when feeling better is seemingly impossible.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are the primary approaches I use in my work with clients. I also use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which has been proven to be very effective when working with individuals with Anxiety Disorders such as OCD, Social Anxiety, and PTSD.  Overall, all of the therapeutic techniques I implement are grounded in scientific research and proven to be effective in various outcome studies. Most importantly, I continue to use these approaches because I have personally witnessed the growth and transformation that can occur when using them and it is truly inspiring.

I strongly believe that each person has the capacity to heal and that all the resources people seek are already within them. However, sometimes we need some assistance to get back to the things we value most in life. That is what this clinic is here to provide and what I am honored to help with. Please give me a call if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.

Mary Lee, M.S.W, LSW; Licensed Social Worker

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I am a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Illinois and have been practicing since 2012.  I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and also from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with my Master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in Mental Health. In graduate school, I began the focus of my studies on Anxiety Disorders.  Since then, I have been working specifically with individuals who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as a variety of other common Anxiety Disorders. Some of these include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.  For the duration of my career, I have been working for various Chicago behavioral health hospitals that specifically treat OCD and Anxiety Disorders in partial hospitalization programs.

My primary treatment approach is a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to address how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors each have a powerful effect on one another. Additionally, it is my priority to use a collaborative approach with each individual client where we work together to identify how their anxiety has affected their ability to live life to its fullest potential. The populations I work with are children, adolescents, and adults. I also assist parents of children struggling with anxiety and OCD, to help teach them new skills on how to manage these distressing disorders in their home environment.

Each person has inner strength that can help challenge anxiety, even when it seems impossible. It’s never too late to make amazing changes in your life, so if you or your child would like to learn more, please call me today to set up your first appointment.