Developing practical skills to improve your
PAIRS Training- Practical
Application of Intimate Relationship Skills -
Communication - Negotiating
conflict - Building trust in
Prepare and Enrich
Creating A Safe Harbor For Change
Mary Ann Fosco
LCPC, NCC, CADC
MISSION STATEMENT: My motive is compassion.
My method is wholistic. My goal is
empower an individual to achieve their
full potential on a physical, mental,
spiritual and emotional level.
LCPC (Licensed Clinical
NCC (National Counselor
Certification in Eating Disorders
Studies, National Louis University (NLU)
Previous Adjunct Faculty
Member, NLU, Eating Disorders Program
Substance Abuse &
Grief Recovery Specialist
Certified Teacher, Grades
MARY ANN IS A MEMBER OF:
Illinois Mental Health
Illinois Association for
Couples & Family Counseling
Mary Ann’s clients come from
all walks of life. Their issues are varied
but all have one thing in common, they are
people who are highly motivated to change.
For some this is accomplished in brief,
intensive sessions; for others in long-term
therapy. But for all, change is inevitable
as they become empowered by their increased
self-awareness and esteem.
Self-esteem, Empowerment, Self-defeating
attitudes and behaviors, Stress
management, Worry, Mild depression,
Anxiety, Anger management, Work/life
Divorced, Affairs Building healthier
relationships Developing practical
skills to improve your relationship
including: - communication -
negotiating conflict - re-building
Small Group Counseling
Training - Practical Application
of Intimate Relationship
Skills. She also uses
Imago relationship skills as
developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
Grief Recovery -
To help people move
beyond the pain caused by loss.
EFT – Emotional
This process, similar to accupressure,
helps to overcome many psychological,
emotional and traumatic memories.
Reprocessing May be used to assist clients
in overcoming anxiety, stress, and
ACOA, Co-Dependency, Binge-Compulsive
Eaters, and Recovering Alcoholics.
WHOLISTIC APPROACH TO
For Individuals and/or Groups.
Person-centered psychotherapy recognizes
that personal transformation or healing occurs
in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance,
where a non-judgmental relationship
unfolds between client and therapist. In this
safe harbor, clients are able to explore the
difficult life issues which prevent them from
realizing their potential. The therapist serves
as a compassionate guide rather than an
all-knowing authoritarian, and gently assists
the client to discover deeper levels of
self-understanding. Mary Ann will use more
directive approaches when necessary to the
benefit of the client.
uses her experience and insight, which contribute to
the dynamic, life-changing impact she has on her
clients. She also uses Imago relationship
skills as developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.,
in which she takes the role of a coach. Mary Ann has
counseled with clients experiencing mild depression,
anxiety, stress, worry, grief/loss, binge-compulsive
is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
She received her M.S. in Human Services from
National-Louis University with Certification in
Substance Abuse and Addictions, and a Specialization
in Eating Disorders and Compulsive Eating. She
previously acquired a B.S. from Bradley University
in 1972, and has her Teacher Certificate for Grades
6 - 12. She taught an Overview of Eating Disorders
at National-Louis University. In addition, she
worked with Dr. Pat Santucci to pioneer the creation
of a Binge-Free group at Linden Oaks Hospital in
Naperville. Mary Ann has a unique perspective into
the emotional and psychological difficulties
surrounding weight management. In addition,
she has completed PAIRS training, which enhances her
skills with couples. Mary Ann maintains a private
counseling practice in Downers Grove, Illinois.
to 1978, Mary Ann served as Activity Therapist and
Counselor for the Human Service Center in Peoria.
Prior to this, she was Director of Health, Physical
Education and Recreation for the YWCA and Activity
Therapist at Peoria State Hospital. She was a
Behavior Education Supervisor and Trainer for 10
Nutri-System Weight Loss Centers in the
Chicagoland Area and one in Peoria from 1979 –
1986. Mary Ann was also an Area Manager
for 6 centers in Chicago for one year.
In all, she has had over 30 years experience
developing and refining her skills as a
Counselor-Therapist, incorporating a variety of
treatment approaches into her practice.