I welcome the opportunity to discuss aftercare options for your clients. I hope you will include me in the referral information provided to each client at discharge. Together we can support the client in their lifelong journey of recovery.
Recovery takes time, hard work and courage.

There are many options for the treatment of addiction. If you are searching for help you may be overwhelmed by the amount of information and programs available. For example, compare residential treatment ("Rehab") and private therapy ("Out-Patient").

Residential treatment interrupts the lifestyle contributing to the disease of addiction. While it is beneficial to provide structure and monitoring in the early stages of recovery, you will be away from family and may feel isolated. Additionally, residential treatment may be too expensive for many individuals and families.

Private therapy provides individualized treatment while you focus on practicing new coping and relationship skills in real time. You are able to continue with work, school or family responsibilities. Treatment plans may include multiple sessions each week. Consideration in scheduling appointments allows for flexibility.

Returning home to the "old, familiar ways" after residential treatment is often a "trigger." Additional support to maintain the new coping behaviors may be recommended. Should you choose residential treatment for the early stage of recovery, private therapy or "aftercare" may help to reinforce the focus on recovery after discharge. Recovery continues long after you leave the residential treatment facility.

I have experience in both environments. I find my clients respond best when they have choices in their own treatment. I would like the opportunity to accompany you on your journey as you turn away from addiction and toward recovery. To explore one's personal history of experiences, emotions and behaviors may be difficult at first. The goal of therapy is to develop an understanding and acceptance of the past while working toward a satisfying future. The progress made in therapy will depend on your participation and level of commitment to the process.

Treatment will focus on learning new skills to cope with life and relationships without addictive substances and/or behaviors.  Many of those participating in therapy begin to feel some sense of "relief" after only a few sessions. For others it may take longer.

I believe you deserve a chance to heal in your own pace. Sometimes issues other than addiction surface during treatment that may require additional sessions. We will work together to design treatment goals to meet your individual needs. 


The cost of treatment is an individual consideration. Please do not sacrifice your emotional  well-being, relationships and physical health because you may think therapy is too expensive. The potential benefits will last a lifetime!
I believe you are so much more than a diagnosis!

A few reasons I do not accept insurance:

  • Confidentiality - Insurance companies require a psychiatric diagnosis to evaluate if treatment meets their criteria as medically necessary in order to pay. This information may be open for review by others not trained to fully understand the content.
  • Stigma - Once an individual is diagnosed with a "mental illness" for insurance purposes, the information becomes part of their permanent medical record. I believe my clients are MORE than a diagnosis.
  • "One size fits all" does NOT apply in the therapeutic process - Insurance companies may limit or end treatment based on expense and an impersonal review of a file without consideration of the individual's progress or need for continued treatment.
Susan Rigney, MA
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 47547)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 556)