Our Counselors’ Credentials

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

Author of “The Perfectionism Workbook”


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). In addition, I am a clinical advisor for the CBT-based app “NOCD.”

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.

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. You can find more information here: https://www.amazon.com/Perfectionism-Workbook-Strategies-Procrastination-Yourself/dp/1641520558/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531333085&sr=8-1&keywords=the+perfectionism+workbook

Mary (Lee) McClafferty, MSW, LCSW; Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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.

Specialties: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), all Anxiety Disorders, Parents of children with OCD/Anxiety/Behavioral Issues

Phone: (773)932-9597 ext. 4    E-mail: mary@chicagocounselingcenter.com

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

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

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

Danielle Karcz, M.A., MCMH, LPC; Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. I also have experience working with obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, self-injury, parents of children with a mental illness, and behavioral issues. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Children and Adolescents and a concentration in Addictions from Lewis University.

Throughout the duration of my career, I have been able to gain experience by working at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center as a Behavioral Health Specialist and Aftercare Specialist, while also interning with the Addictions Department. I also interned at Soft Landing Recovery Center as an addictions Therapist where I provided group and individual counseling for men and women struggling with addictions and co-occurring disorders. I currently work as a Family Therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health. I have experience doing individual, group and family therapy with adolescents, young adults, and adults.

I am committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for clients to grow in self-awareness, curiosity, responsibility and authenticity. I use a variety of client-centered treatment modalities in my work depending on the individual client’s needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Mindfulness.

I believe that every individual has the capacity for change, wellness, and healing. My approach is supportive, direct and collaborative, and I work closely with parents, schools, and other important entities in an individual’s life to facilitate therapeutic progress. My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment in which my clients can begin to understand their feelings, while discovering the barriers that limit their full potential. Change is scary, but I believe that every individual has the inner strength to make positive changes in their lives. Together we can develop reasonable and attainable goals that are suitable for you. If you have any questions or want to schedule a first time appointment, please give me a call.

Phone: (773)932-9597 ext. 5    E-mail: danielle@chicagocounselingcenter.com

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

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. My expertise is working with those struggling with anxiety and depression related to a loss of self-esteem, body image concerns, and life transitions. I have special interest in the social, emotional and behavioral impact of ADHD on one’s life, whether it be as a child or adult. Other interests and areas of specialization include the connection between nutrition and mental health, especially in regard to chronic diseases such as autoimmune disorders.

I graduated from Boston College with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I began my clinical experience working with youth with emotional and behavioral issues, particularly those that impact school performance. I have also facilitated individual and group therapy for children and teenagers with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, high-functioning Autism, anger issues, depression, and anxiety. I have since diversified my clinical knowledge further by transitioning into a role providing mental health services to adults with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.

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.

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