Ann Tharayil, LCSW


providing therapy for couples and individuals

I have been working with individuals and couples for over 20 years.  I do it because I love the work.  It is gratifying to see people feel more grounded in who they are and be able to connect to others in more satisfying ways. Over the years, I have drawn on my own life experience of a 20 year marriage and the raising of two teenagers as well as my professional background and training.  I know it is not easy to come to a stranger and open up about your struggles or reveal the stuck or painful parts in your marriage or partnership.  It is a brave and healthy step forward, and I understand that it needs to feel safe and that you need to feel understood.  Because of this I offer free 30 minute consultations to decide on whether we would be a good fit as therapist and client. I'm currently accepting private pay only.

approach to therapy           

I incorporate a number of modalities into my work.  Over the years I have found that CBT, and Parts Therapy help equip individuals with tools to help relieve anxiety and depression.  My work with couples has been informed by Imago therapy, the Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy. As your therapist, I will strive to understand you and create a relationship in which you can grow and thrive.  I believe in the process of therapy because I have seen it help so many of my clients.  


Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Self-Actualization, Navigating Dating Life, Couples Counseling, Extra Marital/Relationship Affairs, Pre-Marital Counseling, Bi-Cultural Marriages, Parenting, Blended Families, New Parenthood, Post-Partum Depression, Individual Development for Mothers with School Age Children.


Ann Tharayil, LCSW, has been working as psychotherapist in the Chicago area since 1995.  She received her BA from Macalester College in Minnesota.  She then accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Indonesia for two years.  She taught ESL for several years and loves the richness of working with different cultures.  Ann also attended Jane Addams school of social work and obtained her MSW from the University of Illinois. Ann received her clinical training at Jewish Child and Family Services where she worked for 8 years and ran the intern program for graduate students.  In 2001, when starting her own family, she developed and lead New Mom’s groups and parent education programs.  In 2007, she joined The Juniper Center in Park Ridge where she still works part-time in a private group practice. She is happy to join Ivy Center this Spring to collaborate with a former colleague and friend, Dr. Laura DeNatale.