Our Counselors’ Credentials

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

Author of  “The Perfectionism Workbook”

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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 board member for OCD Midwest (a division of IOCDF). In addition, I am a clinical advisor for the CBT-based app and online treatment program “NOCD” and provide clinical training in evidence-based treatment for their OCD specialists.

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 proven 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.

Specialties: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and Perfectionism*

Phone: (773)932-9597 ext. 2    E-mail: taylor@chicagocounselingcenter.com

*I am pleased to announce that my first self-help book, “The Perfectionism Workbook: Proven Strategies to End Procrastination, Accept Yourself, and Achieve Your Goals” is now out.

Josh Kaplan, M.A., LCPC ; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical 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.

Specialties: Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, OCD

Phone: (773)932-9597 ext. 6    E-mail: josh@chicagocounselingcenter.com

Carolyn Moriarty, M.A., LPC; Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. I enjoy working with those struggling with anxiety and depression related to a loss of self-esteem, body image concerns and life transitions. I have a special interest in women’s related issues and have spent time providing mental health services at domestic violence shelter and volunteering on behalf of programs focused on empowering young girls.

I graduated from Boston College with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I began my clinical experience working with youth, facilitating individual and group therapy for children and teenagers with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, autism, anger issues, depression and anxiety. I went on to diversify my clinical knowledge further by providing mental health services to adults with acute mental illness. My current areas of specialization include working with adolescents and adults with anxiety-based disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder and Phobias.

My clinical strength comes from my ability to help these clients feel understood, rather than ashamed, stereotyped or “less than.” I tailor my treatment approach to the individual needs of each client, but tend to draw from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). My goal is to help clients identify self-limiting beliefs, allow themselves fully feel their emotions without judgment, discover new perspectives, and identify opportunities for personal growth.

Specialties:  Anxiety, OCD, Panic, Phobias, Body Image

Phone: (773)932-9597 ext. 700    E-mail: carolyn@chicagocounselingcenter.com

Malory Dahl, M.A.; Mental Health Counselor

I completed my Masters of Arts in Counseling, Specializing in Forensic Psychology, from Adler University and have a variety of clinical experiences which have crystallized a passion for providing personalized mental health services to a diverse clientele. My clinical background with forensic populations exposed me to the cyclical nature of trauma and its effect on the human psyche, which instilled an interest for working with vulnerable persons. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents, incorporating creative treatment modalities to facilitate healthy emotion regulation, and specialize in these client demographics.

During my clinical training, I facilitated weekly individual and group therapies specializing in anxiety and mood disorders, aggression and impulse control, and trauma. My tenure as an Inpatient Therapist at a Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Hospital included facilitating a weekly trauma-specific group for children and pre-adolescents, where I incorporated Play Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help younger client demographics understand their trauma and the destructive thinking patterns associated with their suffering. The bulk of my client load consisted of children and adolescents predominantly experiencing Social Anxiety, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, often comorbid with substance-related issues.

My therapeutic approach incorporates strengths-based practices that highlight the collaborative partnership between the therapist and client. I firmly believe that clients have the answers within themselves, but it often takes the therapeutic alliance to help work through problems and guide the client to resolutions and self-realization. I tailor therapeutic intervention to the individual but often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based treatment modalities infused with humanistic principles. My responsibility as a clinician is to equip clients with the tools for personal growth and fulfillment, and to effectively do so means to discover what the client has within themselves, and help them see and embrace it.

It takes vulnerability and courage to enter therapy, and I look forward to taking that journey with you.

Specialties: Social Anxiety, Depressive and Mood Disorders, Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders, Child and Adolescent Issues

Phone: (773) 932-9597 ext. 4    Email: malory@chicagocounselingcenter.com

Spencer Potesta, Mental Health Counselor

My areas of specialization are working with adults with Anxiety-related disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphia, and gender identity (dysphoria) issues.

I use a direct but empathetic approach to best motivate my clients for what their goals are in therapy. I believe therapy is best utilized when the client feels empowered throughout the process. To me, therapy is meant to be collaborative and challenging in order to see the results that you are looking for. I tailor treatment to the goals that are expressed and the potential of the client. I utilize skills from Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I come from a logo-therapeutic (existential) orientation that aims to empower the client to allow them to face whatever is before them. Utilizing my skills with my logo-therapeutic orientation allows for a productive and collaborative therapeutic experience.

I have experience working at Eating Recovery Center in which I utilized skills to assist individuals with Binge Eating, Anorexia, and Anxiety Disorders. I have worked at the PHP and the Residential level of treatment. By working at these levels along with classic outpatient care I have been able to establish great rapport with clients while being effective in their wellness journey.

I am continuing education with a Masters in Organizational Psychology as I understand that change comes from the individual experience while recognizing that systemic influences impact us in a profound way. I aim to challenge a client individually while helping them be the most productive outside of the therapy office.

Specialties: Anxiety, OCD, BDD, Gender Identity

Phone: (773) 932-9597 ext. 701   Email: Spencer@chicagocounselingcenter.com