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Mary Ann Fosco, MS, LCPC, NCC, CADC

PO Box 101
Downers Grove, IL  60515-0101


Counseling Services 

  • Improve your relationship with self and others

  • Empower yourself
    Overcome obstacles

  • Balance personal/ professional life goals

  • Anxiety
    Mild Depression

  • Co-dependency

  • Binge-Compulsive Eaters

  • Substance abuse/ addictions

  • EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

  • Tele-Counseling

Couples Counseling
Developing practical skills to improve your relationship

  • PAIRS Training- Practical Application of Intimate
    Relationship Skills
    - Communication
    - Negotiating    

    - Building trust in 

  • Prepare and Enrich

Group Services

  • Psycho-educational  

  • Women's issues

  • Binge/Compulsive Eaters

Group Presentations

  • Civic

  • Community

  • Business Organizations 

Creating A Safe Harbor For Change

Mary Ann Fosco



(630) 969-5339

 My motive is compassion. My method is wholistic. My goal is to empower an
 individual to achieve their full potential on a physical, mental, spiritual and
 emotional level.


  • LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor)

  • NCC (National Counselor Certification)

  • Professional Graduate Certification in Eating Disorders Studies, National Louis University (NLU)

  • Previous Adjunct Faculty Member, NLU, Eating Disorders Program

  • Substance Abuse & Addictions Certification

  • Grief Recovery Specialist

  • Certified Teacher, Grades 6-12


  • Illinois Counseling Association

  • Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association

  • 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.  


  • Individual Counseling

  • stress, anxiety, relationships, work, related, anger, management
    Personal growth, Self-esteem, Empowerment, Self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, Stress management, Worry, Relationship issues, Mild depression, Anxiety, Anger management, Work/life balance. 

  • Relationship Counseling

    healthy, relationship, fair, fighting, trust, conflict, resolution
    Married, Single, Divorced, Affairs, Building healthier relationships.
    PAIRS Training - Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills.  She also uses Imago relationship skills as developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
    Developing practical skills to improve your relationship including:
    - communication
    - negotiating conflict
    - re-building trust

  • Grief Recovery - To help people move beyond the pain caused by loss.

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  • Small Group Counseling.


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  • EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
    This process, similar to accupressure, helps to overcome many psychological, emotional and traumatic memories.

  • EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
    May be used to assist clients in overcoming anxiety, stress, and trauma.

  • ADDICTIONS COUNSELING: ACOA, Co-Dependency, Binge-Compulsive Eaters, and Recovering Alcoholics.




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.

Mary Ann 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 eating, etc. 

insomnia, racing, thoughts, indecisiveness, ambivalence

Mary Ann 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.

From 1975 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.