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Mary Ellen Withers(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Adjustment to illness-Managing chronic pain-Caregiver stress-Geriatric mental health-Loss and grief-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

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.

Work and Education

Children’s Memorial Hospital, Senior Social Worker
Erie Family Health Center, Nurse and Social Worker
Humboldt Park and Wicker Park, Visiting Nurse


Illinois: 149.005998




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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Medicare
  • Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield)

Out-of-pocket fees

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

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing