Mary Ellen  Withers

Mary Ellen Withers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Registered Nurse, RN

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in West Side practice (updated November 17, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment to illness
  • Managing chronic pain
  • Caregiver stress
  • Geriatric mental health
  • Loss and grief

Professional statement

Mary Ellen Withers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Nurse in Oak Park, IL. At her private practice, Maye Center LLC, LCSW, therapy is provided to individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, frustration or any other emotion as it relates to the adjustment to illness, chronic pain, grief, and/or a major life transition.

Mary Ellen is a systems therapist whose treatment approach is strength-based and client-centered. She also incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Supportive Therapy, when appropriate. She does a geneogram, a graphic representation of a family tree, with every client to help gain a better understanding of their background and past experiences.

When working with clients who are navigating grief and loss, Mary Ellen lets them takes the lead and does not push them. She offers validation and tools to help them manage emotions.

Mary Ellen offers a comfortable and nurturing environment where clients can begin to heal and/or navigate the challenges they are facing. She has over a decade of experience in pediatric hospitals and completed post graduate training in medical family therapy. Her office is located just steps from the green line via the Oak Park station.

Message to clients

There are often times in a person’s life when they feel a need for counseling.


Adjustment to illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Managing chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

Caregiver stress - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health

Geriatric mental health - Managing the emotional and physical concerns related to aging and the geriatric population

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Mary Ellen can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


West Side practice

137 North Oak Park Avenue

Suite 408-1

Oak Park, IL 60301

  • Mon 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Children’s Memorial Hospital, Senior Social Worker, 13 years

Erie Family Health Center, Nurse and Social Worker

Humboldt Park and Wicker Park, Visiting Nurse, 10 years


  • English