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craig pelka

Craig Pelka, MSW, LSW, LCACA

Social Worker & Addictions Counselor

He/They

Therapy with Craig

Welcome! I’m glad you’ve found us. Seeking support can often be a journey that’s challenging and overwhelming, and exciting and hopeful. I work with older adolescents and adults as they navigate the changes, challenges, and complexities of their individual and relational lives.

 

As clients begin therapy with me, they often find themselves navigating significant life events, transitions, and overwhelming or complex seasons of life. They seek support in managing a range of challenges, from anxiety, stress, and depression to trauma and grief. Many are also addressing long-standing patterns or areas they've been meaning to explore, all while prioritizing their well-being amidst life's stresses. Therapy with me is intended to be a space for clients to express themselves openly and to better understand and care for themselves. 

 

Here, LGBTQIA+ individuals, allies, and those exploring their experiences are supported and affirmed. I often work with individuals navigating questions and concerns related to sexuality, including exploring identity, attraction, intimacy, and experiences. Furthermore, some clients benefit from therapeutic discussions on specific topics such as sexual health, satisfaction, pleasure, interests, fears, habits, and behaviors. These conversations are conducted with sensitivity, respect, and a focus on well-being as a whole person.

 

Grounded and guided by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I prioritize flexibility, mindfulness, and compassion to facilitate healing, growth, and change. Stylistically, I rely on exploration and collaboration over strict structure, aiming for clients to experience empowerment by applying their insights in their daily lives.

Fun Info 

  • My therapist has a therapist.

  • I live with my partner, two spunky senior pups, and a small flock of backyard chickens named after Buffy characters. 

  • Nature walks, music, creativity, gardening, spirituality, antiquing around Indy, animals, coffee, and thinking about being a future black cat owner bring me joy.

  • Alum of U of Illinois (2009, 2011) and IU (2022); currently enrolled in University of Michigan’s sexual health / sex therapy program.

Insurance & Out of Pocket

Craig takes the following insurances:

  • Traditional Medicaid

  • Anthem Medicaid

  • United Healthcare Medicaid

  • Caresource Medicaid

  • MDwise

  • MHS

Self-Pay or Out of Pocket fees are determined by annual household income​ and number of dependents on that income. 

What Clients Say

Craig goes above and beyond any mental health provider I've ever had. Checking in between appointments and sending resources related to our sessions. He's flexible with his schedule and understanding when things comes up on my end. I am so grateful to have him as my provider!
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