Dr Mari Richko

Counselor/Therapist, ND LCPC CYI ABT PATP
 therapist: Dr Mari Richko,
In-Person in Park Ridge, IL 60068
Online in Illinois
Dr. Mari Schnitzius-Richko is a Naturopathic Doctor who received her degree from Clayton School of Natural Healing, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Yoga Instructor trained at Nature Yoga in Chicago, a Nationally Certified Shiatsu Practitioner, graduate of the International Ohashi Institute in New York, trained in JinShin Do Acupressure(trauma informed bodywork), and founder of Center for Authentic Living. “My experience with complimentary medicine began in my early adulthood, through my exposure to herbal medicine. Due to childhood trauma and illnesses, I searched beyond conventional medicine for a method that would lead to the deepest, most fulfilling healing possible. After years of study, I adapted these methods from eastern and western traditions that have become central to my work with my clients. Believing that these concepts of health can benefit all people, I have dedicated my life to the practices of these philosophies.” Mari is well known in the eating disorder community for her work in enhancing recovery for those suffering from mental and physical ailments. Dr. Mari’s specialties are eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, stress management, chronic pain, and body illnesses due to physical and mental health issues. Mari's background includes Body Centered Psychotherapy, IFS (Internal Family Systems), CBT, Body Therapies ( Zen Shiatsu and Trauma- Informed Body Mind Acupressure), Yoga Psychology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mari along with her daughter, Meghann Richko LCPC, CYT, a psychotherapist and yoga therapist, created "YogaTalk" group therapy for those in recovery and imbalances due to emotional and/or physical issues. Dr. Mari's professional engagements include lecturing on the combination of Psychotherapy and Chinese Medicine as an educational tool for recovery along with the need for yoga therapeutics as an adjunct therapy in recovery. She teaches workshops on applying these philosophies to our everyday life. She has lectured for IFS Conferences (Internal Family Systems), Richard Schwartz, Ph.D on combining IFS parts work with The Five Elements of Chinese Medicine. Her other engagements are public speaking on alternative approaches to wellness, educator on women's issues, educator for bodyworkers on chronic illness and cancer, speaker on radio talk shows on home birthing with Mayer Eisenstein, M.D., assisting pregnancies and birthing using Body Therapies. She held a position on the advisory board of directors for InNetwork, an exclusive membership group of integrative healthcare professionals whose main goal was to make complementary alternative medicine better understood and to inspire the public to use prevention medicine. “I believe as therapists that it is necessary to use compassion, cultivate mindfulness, and wisdom in our approach to empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well- being and that it is imperative to develop some sort of spiritual practice in life to transform and fully heal. I believe a truly optimum treatment program relies on the awareness of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of who we are in the world, what parts of us are in alignment with our purpose and those that are not. It is my passion to integrate these components while working with my clients. This integration and personal spiritual practice includes our work in the world, our love, our families, and our understanding of mind/ body/spirit. My love of eastern philosophy, body therapies and yoga as a vehicles towards a healthy life have always been a large part of my own practice in the world and as a practitioner of psychotherapy and body therapy.” “With direction, encouragement, and support, I would be honored assist you in finding a deeper sense of "Self" and a deeper connection with your Body/Mind. My vision for you is health, happiness, and longevity, with the most fulfilling and enduring healing process possible. For you to discover that this source is already within you."

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Group, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adolescent, Adult, Elder, Young Adult
Demographic Expertise: Buddhist, Hispanic / Latino, Jewish, LGBTQ+, Men, Military / Veterans, Women clients.
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Behavioral
  • Cognitive/Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Existential/Humanistic
  • Experiential
  • Hakomi Method
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Music Therapy
  • Somatic

Education & Credentials

  • Female
  • License # 180.006570
  • Licensed in Illinois, Nevada
  • Practicing Since 1999
Education: Dr. Mari Schnitzius-Richko is a Naturopathic Doctor who received her degree from Clayton School of Natural Healing, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Yoga Instructor trained at Nature Yoga in Chicago, a Nationally Certified Shiatsu Practitioner, graduate of the International


  • Average Session Fee $150
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • If you have no insurance we will do private pay.
  • Accepts Insurance
  • BCBS PPO, ALL BCBS Plans, Aenta, Cigna, United Healthcare

Dr Mari Richko Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Park Ridge, IL 60068
  • Available Online for residents of Illinois
  • Online Therapy Details: google meets
Dr Mari Richko Practice Description
We are honored to assist you on your path to your most authentic self! Our philosophy is based in compassion and mindfulness. A mindful based perspective helps us to understand the root of our conditions, the meaning behind them, and provides us with a doorway into out core. We invite you to develop a sense of curiosity into your life, relationships, and behaviors. This will give you greater clarity as you approach your true orientated life. We had a dream of creating a space where health care was a warm, welcoming space with gifted practitioners who listened carefully and provided effective treatment to help you live your best quality life. Our clinical care team offers integrative specialized treatment with the objective of creating a connection between body mind, preventative medicine, individualized and collaborative care, a treatment team approach, traditional and indigenious wisdom, and an innate ability to heal. We offer this innovative treatment for adults, teens, adolescents, couples, and families. Some of our expertise is but not limited to: Eating disorders Substance abuse and recovery Mood disorders Anxiety Depression Relationship issues in teens and adults Aging Grief Couple's Therapy Transpersonal spiritual therapy Sexual abuse Trauma Trauma and recovery coaching (SSP) Safe and Sound Therapy Protocol The goal of our treatment is to improve your well-being, to assist you in connecting with your inner-self, and for you to develop a more healthy approach to life so you can live as your most authentic self. We are proud to offer you a unique and innovative treatment program through the use of a team of professional therapists that can work with a wide variety of issues surrounding individuals, couples, and family's. We can effectively manage every aspect of your journey and support the community in thriving. We are proud to announce we are doing Psychedelic Assisted Therapy at our location. Processing and integration work as well. CFAL is proud to announce we won the community award for best of counseling four consecutive years (2018,2019,2020,2021). in the Park Ridge Community, we won an award for our presence and quality care to the community during covid. Dr Mari also received business person of the year with Alignable. We stand by our quality care approach to working with each and everyone of you. It is our mission to commit to early intervention and prevention. Our goal is to guide you to the most beneficial recovery for your body mind and spirit. ❤️ We are LGBTQ+ Affirming Practice

Practice Overview

120 Main Street
Available both in-person and online
25 Years Experience
Couple, Group, Individual

Office Hours

9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Driving Directions

Park Ridge

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