Marielle Mershart, LCSW

By seeking help, one embraces hope and is on the path toward health.

Where are you located? How do I get there?

My Chicago office is located at 1200 N Ashland Ave, Ste 502, in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL conveniently located on the CTA Blue Line (Division Stop) and major bus routes (#70 Divison, #9 Ashland, #56 Milwaukee), and minutes from the I-90 exit at Division. Metered street parking is available on Division and Milwaukee Avenues. 


My West Suburban Office is located at 715 Lake St, Ste 704, in downtown Oak Park, IL in the Historic Medical Arts Building, two blocks from the Oak Park stop on the CTA Green Line. Parking is available in the garage directly behind the building. There is also plenty of metered street parking.


What are your hours?

My hours are by appointment only. Please contact me directly to discuss my current openings and availability. 


What does therapy cost? What forms of payment do you take?

The "out-of-pocket" costs of therapy depends primarily on whether you are planning on paying privately or through your health insurance plan. Most health plans today offer mental health or "behavioral" health benefits. Your plan will dictate the amount you would be responsible to pay versus how much the insurer will cover. If you do not have health insurance, or would prefer to pay privately, please contact me directly to obtain my current "per session" rates. 


I accept cash, personal check, health savings account cards and credit/debit cards.  


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

I am a contracted, "in-network", Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Aetna PPO provider. I may be able to work with other insurance providers "out-of-network". This will depend on one's insurance benefits and coverage. 


Plans vary widely from person-to-person.  All plans require you to pay some amount "out-of-pocket" at the time of service in the form of a "co-pay" (a set amount of money, for example, $30), or "co-insurance" (a percentage of the total fee paid, for example, 20%),  and/or a deductible (an amount that must be paid in total before the insurer will start paying any claims, for example, $1500). I strongly encourage you to contact your insurance company prior to your first appointment to find out about your plan's coverage for psychotherapy. You can do this by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card and asking about your "outpatient mental health coverage".  In addition to learning about whether your coverage requires a co-payment, co-insurance and/or a deductible, please ask whether your  plan requires "pre-authorization" before you can begin therapy, how many visits are allowed, and if there are any other specific restrictions on your policy.