Where is your office located?
My office is located at 227 N. Dixie Way (SR 933) in the Roseland area of South Bend. It’s easily accessible from I-80, as well as from downtown South Bend. It’s the 3-story building right next to Taco Bell (my windows look out over the drive-through!)
My office is Suite 125, which is on the first floor of the building.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes. Please call me (Emily) at (574) 276-7306 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation at my office, during which you can describe your goals and I can tell you about treatment options.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
What are your hours?
Monday: 9am – 8pm
Tuesday: 9am – 3pm
Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm
Please note that I have availability on Monday and Thursday nights, as well as Saturday afternoons, to accommodate clients who work traditional weekday hours.
How long are sessions, and how much do they cost?
Unlike therapists who charge by the session, I offer treatment packages. These packages are an incentive for my clients to commit to one or more months of therapy, as commitment and focus are critical to achieving treatment goals. These treatment packages reduce the per-session cost by up to 15 percent, as compared to the hourly fees below.
Individual Therapy (60 min): $125/hour
I offer individual counseling for adults and adolescents 16 and up. Most clients attend weekly until they’ve met their goals. Some clients come biweekly, or twice weekly.
Family Therapy (60 min): $135/hour
Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease.” I offer addictions-oriented couples and family counseling sessions aimed at improving communication, providing education about the recovery process, resolving conflicts, and strengthening relationships.
Substance Abuse Assessments (90 min.): $185
I offer comprehensive substance abuse assessments for both court-ordered and self-referred clients. I can also send a clinical assessment summary to the client’s referral within three days of the appointment.
Do you take insurance? Why or why not?
I don’t take insurance. Being paneled with insurance companies can drastically limit the services I provide. I also don’t like how they treat my clients as a diagnosis rather than as human beings.
While full payment is expected at or before the time of service, I’m happy to complete out-of-network provider documentation for you for reimbursement from your insurance company. I will help you fill out your paperwork, but I will not violate your privacy by providing them with any documents about your care.
What are your cancellation, no-show, late arrival, and late payment policies?
Clients who cancel or reschedule their appointments at least 24 hours prior to the session will not be charged.
Clients who cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice will be responsible for the full session fee, unless they have a documented medical emergency.
Please note that if you’re running late for a session, you’re welcome to arrive anytime within the session hour, and we will work with however much time we do have.
Finally, there is a $10 service charge for clients who fail to make a payment at the time of the session.
What types of clients do you work with?
I work with adults of any age, as well as adolescents aged 16 and up. I also work with clients of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and education/socioeconomic levels. However, if a client presents with a significant intellectual or cognitive disability, I would refer them to another clinician in the area.
Do you see clients for issues other than addiction?
Yes, definitely. I consider my job to be helping anyone who wants to make a significant positive change in their life — that’s the bottom line. After all, addiction treatment at its core is really about making a huge life transition and claiming a positive new identity. The same could be said for so many other life transitions — divorce, separation, grief and loss, or overcoming trauma or destructive behaviors.
Do you work with family members of addicts?
Yes, definitely. Family members are often traumatized by the addictions of their loved ones, and they need help to recover. They often have their own set of challenges and addictions too, such as codependency.
I can see these family members for individual sessions, as well as family sessions (up to four people).
What gives you the confidence that you can help me?
It sounds crazy, but it was years before I started my own recovery from drug and alcohol abuse that I became passionate about pursuing a career in addictions treatment. (Come to think of it, drugs and alcohol made crazy pretty often.) But I knew I couldn’t do it in the state I was in.
Later, my first years as a therapist were spent working with court-ordered clients: in other words, people “forced” to get sober, as opposed to asking for help on their own. But because of my empathic, non-confrontational approach, I was able to guide many of my clients to recognize the impact of their addiction and find personal motivation for sobriety.
From there (and with hard work and dedication from my clients), I witnessed so many incredible transformations, especially from a few who initially told me to “go to hell,” insisting that “I don’t have a problem!”
It’s not magic. When people begin to trust the treatment process, their therapist, and especially themselves, they’re capable of making incredible positive changes in their lives. I never take that trust lightly, and I’m constantly seeking out new opportunities to challenge and educate myself to improve my clinical skills further.
What do you do in sessions with clients?
The short answer is that it totally depends on where a client is when they begin treatment. For those who are reluctant or fearful about changing their lifestyle, I will spend as many sessions as it takes helping them find their own authentic motivation for doing so.
For those who acknowledge their problems and are eager to begin the change process, we get started right away on examining the thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that surround the issues, so we can get a specific focus on what our work is going to be targeting. I also encourage clients to use their therapy time to bring up any problems, successes, or issues they are experiencing in their lives, as these will be the best way for us to track their progress and identify any remaining barriers to their success.
Do your clients receive assignments to work on between sessions?
Usually, yes — because thinking and journaling between sessions is often critical to how well or how quickly we can make positive changes. But don’t worry if your first thought is that you hate homework! There are no tests, and people usually discover that the “work” is profound and exciting, since it’s helping them uncover their true, happier selves. They also find it important for maintaining motivation and progress between sessions.
What modalities do you use in your client work?
My core modality is cognitive-behavioral: changing your thoughts and mindset in order to change your behaviors and emotions. I use an existential, here-and-now approach, where clients start to accept responsibility for making themselves fulfilled and happy. I also work from a narrative perspective, helping my clients create positive and constructive meaning from their personal stories — even trauma.
Are you going to make me get completely sober?
No. I never “make” or pressure my clients to do anything! If you want to live a completely abstinent lifestyle, I can help you do that. If you’d like to modify (but not eliminate) a certain behavior that’s been spinning out of control, I can help with that, too. Or if you just need to stop using substances for a certain length of time (like for probation), that’s an equally valid goal. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment.
Will you get mad at me if I relapse? Should I even bother coming back?
Absolutely not. Nobody’s recovery follows a perfect, straight line — and if someone tells you otherwise, I bet they’re lying! This is exactly what I’m here for: to support and encourage you when you’re struggling, to applaud your successes, and to help you get on track with your goals, regardless of where you’ve just been.
Will you make me go to 12-Step meetings like AA or NA?
No, but in some cases I may strongly encourage it. Some clients who lack connections to positive friends or family members are well served by the sense of community, support, and inspiration found in regular 12-Step meetings. But meetings are not treatment, and for some people, they can be intimidating or triggering.
What is your professional training and expertise?
What drew me to become an addictions therapist was my own, decades-long struggle cycling through substance abuse — with a few other addictive behaviors thrown in for good measure! I waited way too long, and went through way too much pain, before finally starting my own recovery work, Today I consider myself a healthy, happy, and positive “work in progress.” (Notice I didn’t say perfect!)
I know the power of great therapy, but I also know it has to start with how badly YOU want to change. I can help guide and motivate you on both fronts.
As far as education, I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy from NYU (I love a good, deep discussion), then studied journalism at the University of Missouri (how I help clients make meaning from their personal stories). I have a master’s in social work from Indiana University-South Bend, where my concentration was mental health and addictions.
Before founding Freedom Recovery Group in January 2019, I did my clinical addiction training at Oaklawn Psychiatric in South Bend, then spent three years as the lead addictions therapist and director of the substance abuse program at Center for Positive Change in South Bend.
Do you have a couch where I can lie down during therapy, like in the movies?
Definitely. I just ask that you take off your shoes first.