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 Specific Phobias.

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, Anxiety Disorders and Phobias, 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.

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.

Josh Kaplan, M.A., LPC ; Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and I specialize in working with individuals struggling with a variety of mental health conditions. I have experience working with diverse populations including individuals with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.
My career in mental health began in 2010 at The Pavilion Behavioral Health System in Champaign, IL. I worked as a mental health technician and shift supervisor in a residential treatment program for adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), conduct disorders, self-injury, and chronic suicidality. In 2011 I transitioned into a role as a residential support specialist where I facilitated group therapy and provided individual support to adolescent and young adult males in a group home in Chicago, IL. I assisted in the development of emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills to help manage symptoms of depression, PTSD, and substance use disorders.
While working towards my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University from 2013 to 2015, I worked as a clinical intern and provided individual counseling to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and school avoidance. After completing my Masters I worked as a therapist at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in the Self-Injury Recovery Services and Eating Disorders partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. I conducted individual sessions, as well as group psychotherapy, family therapy, and case management. I also co-ran an After School intensive outpatient program for teens and adolescents with depression and anxiety. Currently I work at Rogers Behavioral Health as a behavioral specialist treating individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders.
I specialize in treating depression, eating disorders, and self-injury. I also have experience treating anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. I commonly incorporate a variety of treatment approaches in my therapeutic work, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). I utilize an individualized approach with each client and collectively formulate goals to help make behavioral changes, modify thought patterns, and effectively manage emotions.
I believe that self-improvement and self-acceptance are both challenging and rewarding. Everyone possesses the power to make meaningful and positive changes. I consider it a privilege to be the person to help make those changes. Please take advantage of the opportunity to implement positive change and improve the quality of your life. Please call me with additional questions. I am happy to assist you in scheduling your first appointment.

Amanda Suttle, M.S., LPC; Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and specialize in working with people who struggle with anxiety related disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, I am experienced in treating Eating Disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia.
My experience began in 2013 at the Girls’ Center for Intensive Residential Treatment at Youth Villages in Bartlett, Tennessee, where I worked with emotionally disturbed youth. I then moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I later earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Since then I have worked as a clinician at Rogers Behavioral Health Chicago, where my focus has primarily been treating children and adolescents.
While pursuing a formal career in counseling, I became a fellow in the Chicago area Schweitzer Fellowship in which I was responsible for creating and implementing a service project in a community. I chose to work with the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County for a year providing education and activities about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), drugs/substance use/abuse, body image, and ways to live a healthy lifestyle. In addition, I volunteered as a student therapist at a volunteer clinic working with adults.  I worked with children in the Head start of Lake County program providing assessments, groups, and behavioral interventions to help youth as well. I led CBT process-based groups with youth and young adults who attended Youth Build of Lake County.
 The primary form of treatment that I use is CBT, which focuses on how feelings, actions, and thoughts affect one another. If a person is effectively able to challenge unhelpful thoughts and change behavior, the person will be able to find relief and cope with negative feelings. In addition, I utilize Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) as a means of helping people face their fears and respond in a way that will help them thrive in life. I provide coaching to parents in order to help them manage their child’s anxiety as well.
 My approach is to tailor treatment to the needs of my client. I am a coach that helps challenge and motivate you and be your cheerleader throughout the therapeutic process in order for you to be empowered through the hard days and to persevere despite how you feel.