Substance Use Treatment

Substance Use Treatment

Who do we see?
Our substance use services are designed for working professionals or students who are experiencing distress or some negative outcomes associated with their use.  

We recognize the importance of establishing a balance with your career or school demands, your relationships, your personal life, and your recovery. Professionals in high stress careers, such as attorneys, first responders, teachers, mental health clinicians, and professors may experience ongoing stress and pressure associated with their roles, which can contribute to feelings of burnout and overwhelm.

We know how hard it can be to maintain all the responsibilities you have as a professional while struggling with substance use.

Mild to moderate symptoms

Our clients typically have mild to moderate issues with drinking or drug use. Most of our clients come once a week for an hour. We also do not request or offer drugs screens, as our clients are typically not court-ordered to treatment.


Many professionals avoid needed treatment due to concerns with privacy.

Often substance use programming is through community mental health centers or specific substance use clinics that have a broad mix of clients in a big setting. Professionals can find themselves potentially in groups with other clients they know, creating uncomfortable dual relationships and concerns about confidentiality.

Our services are all delivered in individual sessions, either in-person or by telehealth.

Our Approach:

Our clinicians use a compassionate and integrated approach, individually tailored to meet the needs of each client.  Substance use treatment may include the following: 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy 
  • EMDR 
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy 
  • Relapse prevention education 
  • Substance use education 
  • Motivational enhancement therapy 
  • Integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders 

Telehealth Services: 

Our substance use services are available in-person or through telehealth, as you prefer.  

Convenience:  With online counseling you can do your therapy during your workday, without leaving your office (if you have a private space to talk). This shortens the amount of time out of your day, and eliminates parking issues if you work on campus.

Privacy: Telehealth offers superior privacy, as it is just you and your therapist. 

Comfort: We have learned that for some clients, they actually make better progress with telehealth sessions than in-person, as they feel secure in their own space and more willing to disclose issues. This is especially true for clients who also have trauma backgrounds or high levels of anxiety.


Our specialists may determine that prior to starting with us, or even after treatment has begun, that that you may need a higher level of care, such as a referral to detox, an inpatient treatment facility, or intensive outpatient program. If this is the case, we will work with you on getting connected with the appropriate place.

Our Substance Use Specialists

Brianna Cha, LCSW

Brianna Cha has extensive experience in treating substance use disorders through her work in community mental health.   She specializes in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.   

Ms. Cha is trained in EMDR as well as Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She uses an integrative therapy approach tailored to match each person’s unique story and goals, pulling person-centered, strengths-based, and interpersonal theories.  She believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is a crucial part of the change process, and works to create a comfortable, safe, and non-judgmental environment for her clients.

Colte Sanders, LCSW, LCAC

Ms. Sanders is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC), and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice, as well as a Bachelors of Social Work, both from Indiana University. She has a Master of Social Work from the University of Louisville.   

Colte has experience working with a broad range of clients and presenting issues, in multiple settings including community mental health, inpatient substance use, outpatient substance use, and foster care.  Colte utilizes a person-centered approach in therapy and is trained in EMDR and CBT. 

Nikolai Aronoff, LMHCA

Mr. Aronoff has significant substance use treatment experience in several settings, including community mental health and in addiction treatment centers.

Nikolai received a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies and philosophy with a certificate in Central Eurasian Studies. He has been a student and practitioner of meditation for twenty-five years, often incorporating this into his addiction treatment methods.