About us

Emberwood Center (EWC) is a program of Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI).

Emberwood Center promotes growth, respect and integrity through outpatient services that address mental health and addiction issues with individuals and families in central Indiana, specializing in trauma experienced by children and adults alike. We provide individual and family therapy to children and adults, as well as outpatient drug/alcohol and gambling treatment to adolescents and adults. We are certified by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and the State of Indiana, and we deliver the highest quality outpatient treatment services available. Using evidence-based practices (EBP) we ensure the most effective and efficient approach to assisting individuals and families on their path to recovery.


The mission of Emberwood Center is to promote growth, respect and integrity through Outpatient Services to address issues of mental health and addiction with individuals and families.


Emberwood Center exists to serve others and does so through the expression of our core values. Our first core value deals with Growth; we strive for growth by helping individuals reach their full potential and develop to the people they aspire to be.  Our second core value is Respect, which we apply by recognizing the dignity of every person, recognizing their truth and agreeing to start their journey with them from where they are.  Integrity as our core value means we strive to be honest, fair, and trustworthy. Our last core value is Excellence, which we honor by working at the highest level of performance with a commitment to continuously improve our knowledge and skills.


Counseling at EWC is delivered by a multidisciplinary team, with all staff trained in trauma-informed care and cultural diversity (among other areas). All clinical staff are trained in various issues like, addiction and recovery; gambling disorder; depression; anxiety; trauma and complex trauma; family reunification; domestic violence; human trafficking; attachment; sexually reactive children; and issues faced by LGBTQ+, veterans, and refugees. Our clinical team is supervised by a Clinical Psychologist (HSPP) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and is assembled by Master’s level and Licensed Therapists trained in models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Neuro-feedback, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, as well as Art Therapy.


Emberwood Center accepts various private insurance, Medicaid, and HIP plans, and we have a sliding fee scale based on income for out-of-pocket pay. As a Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) contracted agency, EWC has access to funding through the Hoosiers Assurance Program, Recovery Works, and Problem Gambling Treatment that allow us to provide many free of charge services to qualifying clients.  EWC also receives a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to provide free of charge therapy and advocacy services to individuals that have been victims or witnesses of a crime.


Emberwood Center is located in downtown Indianapolis and Franklin, IN. Since 1979, we have been dedicated to serving our neighbors in the community who are most at-risk and in need of supportive services. Though historically focused on a particular geographic location, our doors are open to any individual seeking treatment as we have recently developed tele-therapy options to maintain social distancing and protect our staff and clients for contracting COVID-19.

Emberwood Center is a program of Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI).

Mental Health America of Indiana is Indiana’s leading mental health and substance use advocacy organization. We are dedicated to providing overall mental wellness and recovery for all Hoosiers.

Emberwood Center has been accredited by CARF since 2008.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services and assure the best possible outcomes.  CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers.  Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

Emberwood Center is able to provide low cost services to people needing addiction services, due to funding received by the Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction, part of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Emberwood Center is able to provide free counseling and advocacy services to victims of crime, due to the funding received by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

This website is supported in part by Grant Funds awarded by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and made possible by Award No. 2017-VA-GX-0004 awarded by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.