Mary Throop
Mary Throop
Personal Statement
When the odds are one in a million, be that one.
My experience has been that when people come to therapy they have exhausted all of their resources to heal themselves, and reality sets in and it can no longer be ignored. I often hear I am stuck, and I don’t know what to do, I have hit a wall, life just threw me a curve ball, It was supposed to happen this way, but it didn’t. Accompanying these thoughts are guilt, shame, confusion, regret, sadness, and anger. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. I was that person who went to therapy for the first time and became that one in a million and began the journey of healing from childhood traumas, adoption issues, navigating a family member’s substance addiction, surviving cancer, and other painful circumstances life has thrown me. I consider myself not an expert, but a fellow traveler with you on this journey called life. I am still healing and striving to be wholistic in my mental health. I want to help you find the solutions and the life changes that you already have inside of yourself.
I want to be your guide on this journey. I consider it such a privilege and honor to walk alongside of you as you take brave steps to discover who you are and begin to process your pain, struggles, and unhealthy coping patterns, and transform them into life-giving joy and fulfillment. I have a passion to help those who are struggling to break free from unwanted trauma and those struggling with unhealthy substance use behaviors to be able to discover freedom from shame,
experience wholeness, and new ways to live.

Treatment Areas and Competencies

Adoption Issues


Substance Misuse/Addiction

Mom Guilt


Life Transitions

Spirituality/Faith -Church Hurts

Grief & Loss

Relational & Connection Issues

Approach to Therapy

My approach to therapy centers around understanding you, I want you to teach me about what it is like to be you in your shoes. My goal is to make sure that you experience validation, that you experience being heard, seen, within a supportive non-judgmental environment. I want you to experience a compassionate, collaborative, alliance with me. My goal is that after every session you can leave with self-compassion and curiosity for yourself and hope that transformation is possible. I know uncovering your pain, your traumas, and hurts is exhausting, but I will walk alongside you as you work to change and achieve the goals that will bring life to the full and blessings. Your life is your story. Write well and edit often.

Treatment Modalities and Theoretical Orientations

Christ Centered Therapy/ Spiritual Integration

Psychodynamic Therapy/Gestalt

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT)

Self-Management and Recovery Therapy (SMART)

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

Cognitive Behavioral Art Therapy (CBAT)

Rogerian Therapy

Education, Licenses and Certifications

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Park University
  • BS in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University
  • Eye Movement, Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) (In Progress)

Contact Mary


53 W. Jackson, suite 1615 Chicago 60604


(312) 725-6575