Dr Mari Richko
Dr Mari RichkoModalities for health wellness and recovery
Acupuncture, Energy Healing, Energy Psychology, Exercise Programs / Yoga, Health Coaching, Massage/Body Work, Psychotherapy, Reflexology, Spirituality, Substance Abuse Treatment, Support Groups, Web-Based & Phone Coaching
Dr. Mari Schnitzius-Richko is a Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Yoga Instructor, a Nationally Certified Shiatsu Practitioner, graduate of the International Ohashi Institute, and founder of Center for Authentic Living.
“Center for Authentic Living is committed to promoting individual wellness, education, and expanding the learning process out into the community.” -Mari Richko
“My experience with complimentary medicine began in my early adulthood, through my exposure to herbal medicine. Due to childhood illnesses, I searched beyond conventional medicine for a method that would lead to the deepest, most fulfilling healing possible. After years of study, I adapted these methods from eastern and western traditions that have become central to my work with my clients. Believing that these concepts of health can benefit all people, I have dedicated my life to the practices of these philosophies.”
Dr. Mari is well known in the eating disorder community for her work in enhancing recovery for those suffering from mental and physical ailments. Her background includes Body Centered Psychotherapy, IFS (Internal Family Systems), CBT, DBT, Asian Body Therapies ( Zen Shiatsu and Bodymind Acupressure), Yoga Psychology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mari along with her daughter, Meghann Richko LCPC, CYT, a psychotherapist and yoga therapist, created “YogaTalk” group therapy for those in recovery and imbalances due to emotional and/or physical issues.
Dr. Mari’s specialties are eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, stress management, chronic pain, and body illnesses due to physical and mental health issues.
Dr. Mari’s professional engagements include lecturing on the combination of Psychotherapy and Chinese Medicine as an educational tool for recovery along with the need for yoga therapeutics as an adjunct therapy in recovery. She teaches workshops on applying these philosophies to our everyday life. She has lectured for IFS Conferences (Internal Family Systems), Richard Schwartz, Ph.D on combining psychotherapy and Chinese Medicine. Her other engagements are public speaking on alternative approaches to wellness, educator on women’s issues, educator for bodyworkers on chronic illness and cancer, speaker on radio talk shows on home birthing with Mayer Eisenstein, M.D., assisting pregnancies and birthing using Asian Body Therapy. She held a position on the advisory board of directors for InNetwork, an exclusive membership group of integrative healthcare professionals whose main goal was to make complementary alternative medicine better understood and to inspire the public to use prevention medicine. Mary also held a position at The Awakening Center as a body-centered psychotherapist and the Director of Integrative services.
“I believe as therapists that it is necessary to use compassion, cultivate mindfulness, and wisdom in our approach to empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well- being and that it is imperative to develop some sort of spiritual practice in life to transform and fully heal. I believe a truly optimum treatment program relies on the awareness of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of who we are in the world, what parts of us are in alignment with our purpose and those that are not. It is my passion to integrate these components while working with my clients. This integration and personal spiritual practice includes our work in the world, our love, our families, and our understanding of mind/ body/spirit. My love of eastern philosophy, body therapies and yoga as a vehicles towards a healthy life have always been a large part of my own practice in the world and as a practitioner of psychotherapy and body therapy.” for Authentic Living has a 38 year combined history of providing clinical outpatient treatment to individuals, couples, and families active in recovery, health and wellness. The continuum of care starts at assessment where the client will be supported in their journey. The outpatient office provides individuals, couples, family and group therapy to address mental health issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, anxiety disorders, peri and postpartum anxiety and mood disorders and stress and pain management.
Our multidisciplinary trauma informed team offers Traditional and Body Centered Psychotherapy, addictions counseling, CBT, DBT, IFS (Internal Family Systems), (SP) Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and (SE) Somatic Experiencing Psychotherapy.
Our integrative center utilizes Asian Bodywork Therapies, zen shiatsu and body mind acupressure as treatment protocols addressing both mental and physicals health related issues during recovery. These adjunct body therapies are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Clinical studies have shown the profound effect body therapies have on mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, and pain management.
We also provide interventions for individuals and families following the continuum of care from inpatient to outpatient.
CFAL facilitates groups for adults and teens
DBT Skills Group
Eating Disorder Support Group
Meditation and Restore Group
YogaTalk Therapy Group
Testimonials:Sam Neri "Center for Authentic Living is truly an incredible place that I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. They have so much to offer and I can honestly say that they've changed my life. While seeing Mari for a few years now, I can't even begin to describe the impact she's had on me. I've had many therapists in the past but none can even compare to the kind of therapist Mari is. She brought out a side of me that I never even knew existed and has continued to amaze and inspire me by her insight and ability to always know exactly what to say. They also have a yoga therapy group which I found extremely helpful and relaxing. It's such a calm, welcoming environment and is one of the few places that allows members to be with themselves and actually sit with their emotions. Overall, this is an such amazing place! I honestly could not be in the place I am today without them and am beyond grateful to have had them in my life." Jill Renyold's "Mari is an exceptional therapist who I saw for IFS therapy..." "Amazing Center. Great positive Energy" Ashley 1 review 7 months ago- Mari is absolutely amazing!!! I can’t even put into words how much i love having her as my therapist, she has helped me so much and has taught me so much! I feel so blessed that I was able to find her. I feel so comfortable with her and she has helped me so much in my recovery process. When I’m having hard time, she always does a great job helping me understand better what I’m going through or why I may be feeling that way. Even when I tell the people close to me about one of my sessions, they always seem to say “Wow it sounds like you have an awesome therapist!” .... and it’s true! Stephanie Mantelman 1 review 4 months ago- So excited to be a part of this team and work for a place that addresses a person as a whole and listens to their clients needs mind body and soul. This center is a unique opportunity for all individuals to take advantage of these great services with wonderful therapists!
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