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Mariah Riley

Mariah Riley


7 years of experience

With my background in social work, I strive to see each person I work with as a unique individual and create an accepting space. You are the author of your own life and I hope to empower you to honor your needs. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with my Master in Social Work, where I specialized in treating addiction. I have worked extensively with people who have experienced trauma and with adults who are undergoing difficult life transitions.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

Starting therapy can be very difficult. You're meeting a new person and likely opening up about trauma that you have not processed before. I want to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable. During the first session, we will discuss your needs in the therapeutic space. We will also delve deeper into your reasoning for doing therapy at this time. We will discuss your background, current functioning, and your community so I have context about you as a whole. We may also set some goals around what you would like to see change during your time in therapy. You may be releasing a lot of emotions during this session, so we can always take a break if needed. I know it seems intimidating, but I will be there to support you every step of the way.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

When life's challenges arise, we need someone to hold us accountable and guide us towards our goals. Sometimes, "life be lifin'" and we can't do it alone. I'm here to be apart of your journey and celebrate your wins while supporting you through the difficulties. With this holistic approach, I hope we can work together to create lasting, meaningful change.

About Mariah Riley

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Free consults, virtual

My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

We will explore how your thoughts impact your behaviors and create unwanted cycles in your life. Together, we can work to recognize unhelpful patterns and change behaviors that no longer serve you.


My practice is a space where Black and brown people are celebrated and accepted. I will maintain an awareness of how your background, ethnicity, and culture impacts our therapeutic space and the issues we address in therapy.

Motivational Interviewing

We will explore your motivations for substance use and collaborate to decrease these behaviors.