New Hope Counseling Center

New Hope Counseling Center provides Chicago’s premier psychotherapy services. We offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment that allows you to explore your individual needs. Our well-trained, highly skilled and compassionate psychotherapists place your care as our highest priority and will work collaboratively with you to identify and address your concerns allowing you to make meaningful changes in your life.

New Hope Counseling Center provides holistic psychological counseling that focuses on your strengths and guides you toward achieving wellness, happiness and success in your life. Our goal is to help you feel your best through our mind, body and spirit approach to healing.

We are all shaped by our past, present and ongoing experiences and how we handle life’s disruptions, difficulties and stress is deeply personal. No one is immune to the stress and strain of daily living. During times of challenge knowing when to ask for help is one of the best life skills you can develop. Working with a New Hope therapist provides an accepting setting to talk openly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
It can also help you improve communication, gain self-awareness, and implement healthy coping skills

If you are struggling with any of the following issues, New Hope Counseling has the expertise to help you:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, including social anxiety and phobia , feeling stressed, anxious and irritable most of the time
  • Panic disorder – at times having difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, nervous sweats or feeling faint.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (GLBTQI) issues
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Trauma, including PTSD
  • Alcohol and substance abuse/dependence
  • Gambling addiction
  • Sex and Pornography addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Self injury (hair pulling, picking, cutting, burning)
  • Anger issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions, other life stresses
  • Codependency
  • Personality Disorders – Borderline, Antisocial, Narcissistic
  • Bullying
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Insomnia, inability to relax or sleep – fretting, worrying, unable to slow your mind and thinking
  • Perfectionism
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Self Doubt – doubting yourself, your relationships, your work and your choices, confused about what is best for you
  • Stress management
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling stuck
  • Conflict resolution
  • Control Issues
  • Relationships issues
  • Career and personal growth struggles
  • Job Burnout
  • Family conflict

Our Counselors:

Jeffrey Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC

Jeff Zacharias is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC) with years of clinical experience in both the mental health and addictions field. Jeff received his Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and BA in Business Administration from Georgetown College.

Jeff draws on psychodynamic theory with a strength based and solution focused perspective. He primarily utlizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which examines challenging thought processes or situations an individual might be having and then develops alternate viewpoints.  Jeff also focuses on Mindfulness as a therapeutic tool and has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Jeff understands that not all styles work for every individual so he works in tandem with his clients to find what works best for each one. Jeff also has a private practice located in Lincoln Square.  Prior to New Hope, Jeff had clinical positions at The Center on Halsted, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Jeff can be reached at or 773-883-3912.

Greg Cox, LCSW, CADC

Greg Cox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He obtained his Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. His focus for working with clients includes addiction-related treatment, LGBTQ-related issues, codependency, life transitions, compulsive attachment issues, grief/loss, shame-based trauma, emerging adult stressors, relationships, and mood disorders.

The goal of therapy is to promote wellness and self-discovery. Greg provides a compassionate and affirming space for you to have the freedom to express yourself and get to know yourself on a deeper level. Some learned behaviors and ways of dealing with challenges no longer suit us in life, therefore, Greg will help you gain insight to identify patterns as well as empower change when needed.

Greg is trained to support people at any step of the addiction-recovery journey. So whether you are considering making changes for the first time or looking to maintain long-term recovery, Greg will help you cultivate opportunities for personal growth. Similarly, Greg has extensive experience helping loved ones of those impacted by addiction find their own relief and set healthy boundaries.

The LGBTQ community faces a unique set of stressors which can translate to disruptions in daily living. Greg takes the time to affirm your lived experience and begin to effectively explore the impacts related to guilt/shame, coming out experiences, family issues, minority stress, internalized homophobia, sexual identity, gender identity, and relationships. Greg is committed to working with you to meet your individual needs in a collaborative effort to make positive changes in your life. He can be reached at or 773-883-3544.

Tessa Mandala, LPC, RYT

Tessa Mandala is a licensed professional counselor and registered yoga teacher. She received her Master of Education in community counseling from DePaul University in June 2015 and holds a Bachelor Degree from Colorado State University in psychology and human development and family studies. Tessa specializes in substance abuse, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, LGBTQ issues, and mindfulness/yoga. She is also well-trained to work with codependency issues, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, and self-esteem/doubt. Prior to graduate school, Tessa worked extensively with at-risk youth through mentoring programs in Fort Collins, CO.

Tessa understands the importance of the therapeutic alliance and strives to provide a safe, accepting, non-judgmental space.  She recognizes that recovery is a unique journey for each individual, so she meets the client where they are, and works with them to develop a recovery program that meets their needs. She promotes healing, growth, and healthy life balance, especially when making positive changes happen and gaining self-awareness. She believes in the importance of mind body connection and incorporates yoga in sessions when appropriate to help facilitate this awareness.

Tessa first became passionate about the psychological and physical benefits of yoga during graduate school. There, she combined her aspirations to work with individuals in recovery as a mental health therapist with studying the philosophies of yoga and its benefits for individuals in recovery and mind, body, spirit. 

To further her practice and love of yoga, she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from CorePower Yoga in 2014. Today, she teaches yoga classes to high school-aged youth, provides private yoga sessions, and facilitates therapeutic yoga groups New Hope Recovery Center. Tessa can be contacted at