The counseling profession was a mid-life career change for Dorothy that came after several significant simultaneous losses changed the direction of her life. She pursued counseling herself to help manage that adjustment and to explore her future career direction. Having been the client provided the invaluable foundation for understanding the client experience as she achieved education and training in the counseling profession. A licensed Mental Health and Nationally Certified Counselor since 1997, Dorothy counsels individuals 18 years and older, as well as couples and groups.
Dorothy worked in student services positions at Purdue University for 16 years. Her career at Purdue provides a firm background in the areas of challenges college students often face. After seven years in a Community Mental Health setting, Dorothy started a fulfilling private practice in West Lafayette in 2009. She relocated to the Indianapolis area in 2019.
To help an individual in a counseling setting, Dorothy knows it is of utmost importance to first understand the person and then communicate that understanding in an empathic way. She uses a variety of treatment strategies, choosing the type of therapy that will be most beneficial for the client. Among the therapies she practices are, Behavioral, Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, EMDR, Mindfulness, Person-Centered, Reality, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness – Based (MBCT) and Strengths-Based.
Continuing in her personal development and professional training, Dorothy became interested in alternative/holistic healing and now practices Reiki Energy Healing. She is a Level III Reiki practitioner, a healing technique that channels one’s own energy. She is very mindful of the mind/body/spirit connections and, based on the clients desires, endeavors to help them recognize how those connections relate to their overall wellness.
A preferred provider for Anthem/Blue Cross, I.U. Health, United Behavioral Health, and Cigna, she also accepts self-pay and sliding scale fees. Fees are due at the time of service and payable by cash, check payable to Dorothy Hughes, LMHC, or credit card.
Dorothy's office hours are Monday and Thursday: 1:30 PM – 8:30 PM
To schedule an appointment, please call 765-237-7652 or email her at [email protected]. Her Email is not HIPAA-compliant/privacy-protected so she cannot personally ensure the security of the Internet. She encourages you to only include the most general information necessary in your e-mail.