Marielle Mershart, LCSW
Psychotherapy & Consultation
By seeking help, one embraces hope and is on the path toward health
Do you meet with clients in-person or online?
I have traditionally met with clients in face-to-face, in-person sessions in my office, however with the onset of the COVID -19 Pandemic in March of 2020, I began offering Telehealth sessions for all client services. My telehealth services are delivered though a HIPPA-compliant, secure platform called Simple Practice. I continue to offer either in-person sessions, online sessions, or a combination of both, based on clinical, logistical or health-based necessity. Please contact me to discuss whether in-person or telehealth sessions would best meet your therapy needs.
Where is your office located?
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 ample metered street parking on Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street.
What are your hours?
My hours are by appointment only. Please contact me directly to discuss my current openings and availability.
How much does therapy cost? What forms of payment do you accept?
Please contact me directly for my current rates. I accept cash, personal check, ACH bank transfer, Zelle, Health savings accounts, credit and debit cards (processed through Square) as well as some PPO health insurance plans.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Currently, I am in network with the following plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Choice plans
Aetna PPO plans
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.