Emily A. Heineke, LCSW - Indiana Therapist at Grow Therapy

Emily A. Heineke

Emily A. Heineke


35 years of experience

As the world has grown smaller with access to so much instant information, children and families are feeling overwhelmed. As families are trying to cope from this place of overwhelm, their relationships and connections are suffering. Childhood trauma can also play a major part in the way we shape our families. Recognizing and understanding generational trauma is one of the first steps in creating your family differently. Sometimes even adults need help to help their children. I have 35 years of experience helping children and families cope with all that life can throw at them. I understand life is complicated and rarely easy. I will offer a safe place to learn about yourself from a strength-based perspective. I have worked with people of all ages from children to older adults. I have worked with people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, school-related issues, divorce, and improving family relationships. I must say I am straightforward and direct. I rarely believe that a child's problem is just the child's problem. The child's problem is a family problem and parents are responsible for their children.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

During our initial session, we will explore your reasons for seeking help, what you hope to gain from our sessions and your unique history. From the information that we gather, we will develop a plan that suits your needs. I like to meet weekly for about a month, so we can get to know each other better and strengthen our plan of action. We will spend our time developing skills that help you find more peace, balance, and connection in your life.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

Healthy connections are so important. If you need support in improving the connections in your family with your parents, your children, your spouse, or even just with yourself, please reach out to me. I know I can help.

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I use this treatment method by helping people understand the fundamental connection between what they think, how they impact or create their feelings, and how their feelings drive their choices. This interconnection is very important in feeling better.

Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

This treatment method is important in developing skills for emotional regulation for those people who are driven more by emotions which sometimes gets them in trouble. Being able to find balance in our thinking and feeling is an important skill to master.


I utilize EMDR on a continuum beginning with positive resourcing for relaxation, strengthening a feeling of safety & well-being to resolving a traumatic episode where a person is feeling stuck and can’t move an experience to the past. Bilateral stimulation helps with relaxation and focus.

Motivational Interviewing

I find people make changes quicker if they can find their own reasons for changing. Motivational interviewing is a method of therapy that facilitates a person finding those reasons to change. The relationship is much more of a collaboration between the client and me.


My experience has taught me that people are amazing considering what they have survived throughout their lives. Many of these people assess themselves very harshly when they should be celebrating how awesome they are for surviving and working to be better than what they were given. They recognize they have a choice and a chance to do something different which is a strength. This is how I use this approach.