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Tracy Traut

I am Tracy Traut, a Counselor in Valparaiso, IN and I have been working in the mental health field since 2007.  I empower individuals to find their inner voice and become the deepest, truest versions of themselves. My work is highly individualized to meet each client’s needs and goals.
I have extensive experience in the field of substance use disorders, along with a passion for it. I work with individuals in early recovery, as well as those in long term recovery that are looking for extra support. I also serve those affected by addiction, including adult children, spouses, partners, parents and other loved ones. Substance use disorders can be extremely isolating for every person involved and it is important to get the support you need. 

Trauma and PTSD are at the core of many issues. Trauma does a funny thing to a person and hijacks your most personal thoughts. You constantly feel worried, on edge, hypervigilant, nervous or anxious and don’t know how to change it. I use a trauma informed care approach which is tailored to each client. As you “drive” through your trauma I will be your “GPS” helping you find your way.  

No matter where you have been, your story matters! It is the basis of our work and while we can’t rewrite it, we can turn the page. In our sessions, you will be heard, and your feelings will be validated. You will have a safe place to express yourself without judgement. We will work through past hurts and develop a solid foundation for the future while learning to live in the present.

I will walk every step of this journey with you to ensure that you gain the insight and skills needed to lead a fulfilled future. If this sounds like what you need, don’t hesitate, reach out today.



Rachel Niemi

 
Under the direct supervision of, and in practice with Dr. Rachel Niemi, Tracy Traut provides counseling services to individuals, families and groups.  Dr. Rachel Niemi received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Niemi completed her internship at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center working with veterans. She also completed two years of training in Valparaiso at the Porter County Family Counseling Center. She has spent the past three years dedicating part of her time to treating men and women who struggle with homelessness, training and supervising graduate students and pre-licensed professionals. 

Dr. Niemi is motivated to use the most effective evidenced based practices to help empower and motivate her clients.  In addition to private practice, Dr. Niemi is the Clinical Director for Therapy Works. Dr. Niemi treats anxiety, depression and trauma using techniques grounded in research combined with evidenced based treatment that helps individuals on their journey to achieving stability and satisfaction.