A Welcoming Destination for Those Pursuing Mental Health Services
Writer / Renée Larr
The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates only 46.2% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2020. The two most considerable obstacles in seeking care are cost and access. Deidra T. Rausch, Executive Director of The Cabin, a mental health care facility, hopes to assist Boone County residents with their mental health needs by removing those two obstacles.
The Cabin was founded in 1999 to provide various therapeutic care to individuals. Rausch says with the onset of the pandemic, the need for services increased, also increasing the need for additional therapists at The Cabin.
“We started with a location in Zionsville in 2010 and then added our Westfield location in 2019,” Rausch says. “Then came the pandemic, and I hired around 10 therapists over the course of eight months. We then added a satellite location in Zionsville in 2020. We added the Retreat location in 2021 and a Lebanon location in 2022.”
Rausch is now consolidating and moving her Zionsville staff to one primary location at 112 North 9th St. in Zionsville. The Lebanon, Westfield and Retreat locations remain open. It was essential to Rausch the new site was in an area conducive to The Cabin’s unique approach to therapy.
“We offer something called ‘adventure therapy,’ which essentially means you’re not receiving therapy in an office but rather out in nature,” Rausch says. “The new office is easily accessible to nature trails which is essential for adventure therapy.”
The Cabin also offers different approaches to what Rausch calls ‘talk therapy,’ including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), expressive art therapy, enneagram coaching, nutritional counseling and life coaching. The Cabin also offers workshops and seminars on various topics for individuals and groups.
“Our certified enneagram coach looks at a person’s enneagram personality type,” Rausch says. “It’s very effective for parentings wanting to understand their children better. We often use it in our corporate wellness sessions, as well.”
Rausch says she knows finding a therapist you trust can be difficult. To help clients find the best fit, The Cabin offers meet-and-greet appointments with therapists. She says she never wants a client to pay for an entire session only to find out it wasn’t a good fit.
“An important piece of success in therapy depends upon feeling you have a good relationship with your therapist,” Rausch says. “This is a great way for the therapist to determine the client’s issues and if the relationship is a good match.”
The Cabin also offers a financial assistance program for those that qualify called The Samaritan Fund. The program offers therapy sessions at a discounted sliding scale fee based on the federal poverty scale. Rausch says The Cabin doesn’t limit how many clients qualify or the number of sessions those who are eligible may receive.
Rausch says she’s seeing an increased need for services for children and teenagers. The Lebanon location is staffed to assist families needing mental health services for their kids.
For more information, visit thecabin.org.