Our Philosophy

Center for Authentic Living is a center serving the Northwest Suburban area that specializes in holistic mental health care. Using a range of mental health and wellness modalities, we help you address your symptoms while working with you to get to the root of your problem. 

We offer mental health treatment, somatic psychotherapy, energy medicine including acupuncture, reiki, shiatsu bodywork, acupressure, healing touch, nutrition, herbalism, and more. 

 We are excited to announce we are offering psychedelic assisted therapy. At this time Dr Mari is assisting clients processing and integrating their experiences with ketamine treatment. 

At CFAL you can come for any of our services from our clinical care team or go deeper and benefit from working with a primary therapist along with other modalities within our care team. We treat the whole person! Research shows doing individualized treatments show better outcomes for health, wellness, and recovery.

The continuum of care starts at our intake where you will have support in your journey...

Our Modalities:  (IFS) Internal Family Systems, Body focused IFS, EMDR, Arc, Additions therapists,  Smart Recovery, Gottman Couples Therapy, EFT, CBT, DBT, ACT, Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy, acupuncture, meditation, herbal remedies, nutrition, healing touch, and reiki.

 Groups and women's circles : Women's Circle-Moon Ceremonies and Solstice Ceremonies, Meditation Group.

Body Therapies and healing modalities: Zen Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Jin Shin Do Acupressure (a form of bringing unconscious the conscious in a non verbal way, trauma focused acupressure), reiki, and healing touch.

These treatment protocols address both our mental health and physical health during recovery. These adjunct body therapies are based on ancient systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy medicine, energy healing, yogic philosophy, and trauma-focused psychotherapy. 

Effective healthcare takes a whole team of skilled practitioners who collaborate combining eastern and western holistic methods tailored to your individual needs.

                These modalities are powerful tools for stress reduction and resolving trauma.  

                                                                                      Body Mind Spirit Energy

Mainstream western medicine is beginning to embrace what eastern practitioners have know for thousands of years - that a truly optimal treatment program relies on awareness od the interconnection and importance of al three levels of the human experience. 

Dr Mari Richko offers this optimal treatment program, custom formed to each client from both Eastern and Western modalities or top down bottom up approaches in the mental health field. All these interdisciplinary combinations guides each individual to a deeper sense of themself including a deeper awareness of their body and its unique patterns. My goal for you is well being along with director, encouragement, and support towards integration od the internal functions of the body mind spirit in order to achieve the highest level of health possible. Done in a nurturing environment in our office space, all treatment protocols are in keeping with my belief in respect, love, and compassion. And to provide you with a rich healing experience. -Dr Mari

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