Last edited 03/18/2024

Dr. Marla Vannucci Licensed Psychologist

She / Her / Hers

VerifiedOffers Online Therapy
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
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General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Fridayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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What is your style/approach to therapy?

Therapy is a collaborative process, and I view the client as the expert on themselves and their experiences. The specific style or approach I take is customized for each client. I generally think about therapy work as taking place on one or more of three levels. The deepest level includes experiences like trauma, family of origin, attachment - stuff that has a historical element but long lasting impact. Not everyone needs to work at the deepest level, but exploring history can sometimes help us understand the present and have greater control over our choices in the present. The middle level is patterns of relating to others and ourselves - how we think and feel about ourselves, how we interpret events, and how we tend to respond. While these patterns are typically rooted in the deeper level, sometimes we work at the level of the patterns themselves and aim to change those patterns. The top level includes things like coping, communication, anxiety management skills, daily life habits, etc. While these top level experiences are of course rooted in the deepest level and also can be patterned, sometimes focusing on developing coping skills or communication skills can have a huge impact. These three levels are useful in guiding my work with individuals and with couples, and I usually explain this way of thinking so that we can decide together where the work should focus. We can also move among these levels and shift our focus as our work together progresses.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

I always felt rewarded by helping people and I was always a good listener. Like most therapists, my own family history and experiences of trauma have shaped who I am as a person and a therapist. Spending time in my own therapist has helped me grow to a place where I can be a thoughtful and focused helper, supporting my clients in making sense of their own experiences. Additionally, when I was in college, my roommate attempted suicide. A psychologist at the college counseling center was incredibly helpful to me and my roommate's other close friends who were coping with her depression and feeling helpless in knowing how to support her. This psychologist became a mentor to me and helped me know that psychology was the path for me. And my dear friend/former roommate is great and has overcome her depression, in case you were wondering how the story ended...





Jewish, White

Group Identities


Other Identities

Living with ADHD


Relationship Issues

Parenting issues

Premarital counseling

Women's issues


General Expertise

Work Stress

Attachment issues

Communication issues

Divorce & separation

Identity development

Life transitions

Medical Professionals' Mental Health

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In-Network Insurance


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois


First Session$175
Marriage & Couples Counseling$225
Individual Therapy$175

Types of Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Individual Therapy


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Mindfulness Practices

Family Systems Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Discernment Counseling

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy

Integrative Therapy

Training / Certifications

Maternal Mental Health Certificate

Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship

Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Trainer


  • Illinois, Licensed Psychologist, 071006033
  • Maryland, Licensed Psychologist, 06827


Northwestern University, Doctorate of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, 1998

Work History

I have been in licensed practice since 2001. In 2014, I formed a group practice, now called Blue Sage Psychotherapy Group (formerly Marla Vannucci, PhD & Associates), and we have 6 psychologists in the group. We have an in-person office in Chicago, and fully remote therapists in Howard County, Maryland (me) and St. Louis, MO. I am certified through PsyPact, enabling me to provide telehealth in all participating states. I am an Adjunct Professor at Adler University, and I was an Associate Professor there for 14 years, where I designed and taught the Couple and Family Therapy course sequence. My most recent research project was on compassion fatigue in attorneys working with clients who have been exposed to trauma. I regularly provide trainings for other professionals and for community members on a range of topics. Prior to opening my practice, I worked at Deloitte as a consultant for a year and a half. I also completed internships during grad school with consulting firms. Beyond my clinical specialties, I also have expertise in work relationships, executive coaching, and the intersection of work and mental health.

Online Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Marla Vannucci, Licensed Psychologist

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Marla Vannucci, Licensed Psychologist, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Marla Vannucci accepting new clients?

Yes, Marla Vannucci is accepting new clients for online therapy in Illinois and Maryland.

Does Marla Vannucci accept insurance?

Yes, Marla Vannucci accepts insurance, including Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

What types of therapy does Marla Vannucci offer?

Marla Vannucci offers therapy for couples and individuals.

Does Marla Vannucci offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Illinois and Maryland can book Marla Vannucci for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Marla Vannucci offer online therapy?

Yes, Marla Vannucci offers online therapy via video sessions and phone sessions to people in Illinois and Maryland.

How quickly can I see Marla Vannucci?

Marla Vannucci typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Marla Vannucci speak?

Marla Vannucci conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Marla Vannucci online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Marla Vannucci online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.

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