Innovative Interventions was started in 2006 to help individuals and families help themselves through home-based counseling. As of 2021, we offer mental and behavioral health counseling through home-based setting, office-based locations and HIPAA compliant telehealth platform. Home-based and office-based locations serve people throughout Indianapolis and surrounding communities. We are, however, able to offer telehealth services for the entire state of Indiana. Our specialty is working with individuals that have Medicaid insurance. Our administrative office is located at 9670 EAST WASHINGTON STREET in INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46229 in the IU Health Methodist Medical Plaza East building, Suite 200. Our focus is on individualized, professional, compassionate care for your mental health and peace of mind. Currently, we have 20 Therapists (see below) and are growing all the time. To get started with a Therapist, please complete our referral form.

Innovative Interventions Therapists offer vast experience with issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Stress
  • Issues with Self Esteem and Self Concept
  • Post Natal Depression
  • ADHD
  • Conduct and Oppositional Disorders
  • Defiance in Teens
  • Grief  & Bereavement
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Dispute Resolutions
  • Positive Parenting

Innovative Interventions does not provide Psychological Evaluations nor medication/medication management. We accept medicaid insurance and self-pay options.

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Dr. Thomas A. Battocletti, Ph.D., HSPP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist/ Supervisor

Dr. Battocletti supervises the Therapists at Innovative Interventions and has been with the practice since its inception in 2006.  He has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1995, providing treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings.  This includes working in community mental health, residential, and private practice.


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Priscilla Johnson, MA, LMHC

CEO / Psychotherapist

Priscilla has been with Innovative Interventions since 2013 as a Psychotherapist providing psychotherapy, family therapy and couples counseling to with children, teens and adults. In January 2019, she was promoted to role of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to starting with Innovative Interventions, she has worked in various therapeutic and supervisory roles with community mental health centers, a college counseling center, and a non-profit organization.



Debra Dineff, MS-MFT

Debra is the Founder of  Innovative Interventions.  Prior to the inception of Innovative Interventions in 2006, she worked with children and families for over 15 years within the foster care system, Department of Corrections, Department of Child Services and within the school systems.  She is an expert in strength-based therapy and innovative techniques.


Innovative Interventions Therapists

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Richard Payne, MA, LMHC

Graduate Education: MA from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, 2003

Work Experience: Inpatient Hospital, Community Mental Health, Private Practice, & School-Based Counseling

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Graduate Education: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (Summa Cum Laude) from Christian Theological Seminary, 2016

Work Experience: Home Based therapy, Counseling at Wheeler Mission & Private Practice

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Jeanine Hoffman, MA, LMHC-Temp

Graduate Education: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary, 2018

International Psychotherapy Institute Candidate

Work Experience: College counseling, private practice, non-profit, behavioral health crisis center and healthcare operations roles as analyst, manager, director, vice president, and chief operating officer

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Tina Williams, MA, ATR, LMHC

Graduate Education: MA in Art Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College, 2016

Work Experience: Community Mental Health and Private Practice

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Shelise Decal, MA, LMFT

Graduate Education: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University-San Diego, 2019

Work Experience: Children, Individual, Family and Couples Therapy, Group Home, Intensive Outpatient Services, Non-Profit, Private Practice

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Ciara Burks, MS, LMHCA

Graduate Education: MS  in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana State University, 2020

Work Experience: Children, teens and adults providing individual, family and couples therapy through outpatient services, experience with Department of Child Services (DCS)


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Vernon E. Billups, Jr., MA (Application Submitted for LMHCA)

Graduate Education: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, 2021

Work Experience: Department of Child Services (DCS), Community Mental Health and Private Practice

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Graduate Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Adler University, 2019

Work Experience: Health Behavioral Coordinator at Veterans Medical Center, Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Outpatient Mental Health

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Indya Peoples, MSW, LCSW

Graduate Education: Master of Social Work from IUPUI, 2006

Work Experience: Home Based Therapy, Department of Child Services, Community Transition – Juvenile Prison, Substance Abuse Assessments, Private Practice, Clinical Supervision

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Jamie Daley, MA, LMHCA-Temp

Graduate Education: MA in Counseling from Northwestern University, 2021

Work Experience: Department of Child Services (DCS), Inpatient Behavioral Health Center, Private Practice


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Eric A. Schwan, MA, LMHCA-Temp

Graduate Education: Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2021

Work Experience:  Community Mental Health, Non-Profit, Private Practice, & Home Based Counseling

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Pierra Dennie, MSW, LSW-Temp

Graduate Education: Master in Social Work from Indiana State University (Advanced Standing Program), 2021

Work Experience:  Community Mental Health – Adult Addictions, domestic abuse/violence, multicultural services, & Community Alliance and Services for Young Children


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Michelle Broughton, MSW, LSW

Graduate Education:   Master of Social Work from Arizona State University, 2012

Work Experience: Community Mental Health, Inpatient Behavioral Health & Department of Child Services



Michael Kaminski, MSW, LSW 

Graduate Education: Masters of Social Work from IUPUI, 2018

Work Experience: DCS working with children and families as well as neurodivergent population, outpatient substance abuse counseling, prison population


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Leah Whitmire, MA, MT-BC, LMHCA 

Graduate Education:  Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary, 2021 and Master’s in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 2017,

Work Experience:  Therapeutic work with developmental and physical disabilities, hospice care/medical, low-resource youth, Veterans, mental health and wellness, private practice and outpatient mental health

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