Substance Use Treatment
Who do we see?
We treat a range of clients with mild to moderate addiction issues, including adolescents and adults from all walks of life.
While we see a broad range of use issues, we have specialty areas for dual diagnosis (especially trauma) and 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, but there are options for more than once a week, and group work. We also do not request or offer drugs screens, as our clients are typically not court-ordered to treatment.
All clients deserve privacy in treatment. Many clients avoid needed treatment due to concerns with privacy and stigma.
Often substance use programming is through community mental health centers or specific substance use clinics in a large setting. Professionals can find themselves potentially in groups with other clients they know, creating uncomfortable dual relationships and concerns about confidentiality.
Our individual sessions can be delivered either in-person or for extra privacy, by telehealth.
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
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Relapse prevention education
- Substance use education
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders
- Ego State therapy
- Polyvagal Informed treatment
All of our substance use clinicians have expertise in dual diagnosis, with EMDR training to facilitate quickly resolving core negative beliefs and trauma issues that frequently underlie addiction issues.
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.
Mindi Wisker-Tindall, LMHC
Ms. Wisker-Tindall is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Indiana University. She is a Board member of Mental Health America of Monroe County. Ms. Wisker-Tindall has years of experience in community mental health settings as both a supervisor and a clinician, working with a wide range of addiction clients.