Mental Health & Substance Use Assistance

Professional. Respectful. Collaborative.

Avitity, Inc.

About Us

Here at Avitity we understand that no two substance use issues are identical. For far too long, substance use disorders were rooted in black and white thinking. You were either an “alcoholic” or not. You were an “addict” or not. However, alcohol and drug problems are as diverse and complex as humans themselves. Following your assessment with our Harvard-trained psychotherapist, you will learn if you have a diagnosable substance use disorder, the severity, and when appropriate the best treatment options available for your unique situation.

Our guiding philosophies are respect and collaboration:

  • Avitity offers a respectful approach to alcohol and drug related services. You will be treated with the respect expected when working with any other health care professional.
  • Assessments and consultations are rooted in collaboration. You understand yourself and your unique situation better than anyone. Therefore, we will work together and form a partnership so joint decision-making occurs.

Services Available

Avitity specializes in consulting, chemical use assessments and educational classes


Chemical use assessments

A chemical use assessment, or Rule 25, is a interview meant to determine if a diagnosible substance use disorder is present and the disorder's severity. Our assessor spent years studying and researching addictive disorders at Harvard Univeristy and is an expert in determining if there is a problem, the extent of that problem, and when a problem exists - the most effective interventions for your unique situation. Remember:

  • No medical treatment is mandatory. You are autonomous and serve as the ultimate authority over your own health care.
  • Avitity provides neutral, impartial evaluations. We work independently from nonresidential and residential programs; as a result, you will receive guidance based upon best practice.
  • Assessment recommendations are presented to you in a timely manner, and depending on your situation, may consist of anything from simple suggestions to a complex, multicomponent intervention.
drinking and driving education classes

Guest Lecturing

Avitity provides free research-based lectures on alcohol, drug, addiction, and addiction treatment to Universities and non-profit institutions.

Crisis Intervention

An intervention is a professionally directed educational process involving an individual misusing alcohol or other drugs that results in a meeting with that individual, his or her family members and/or other concerned persons. The goal is to motivate the person in crisis to take part in medical treatment.

Driving with Care

Evidenced-based cognitive drinking and driving education. Offering both level one (12-hour) and level two (24-hour) programs.

Fees & Services

Services through Avitity are private pay (cash, check, and all major credit cards). We do not accept insurance directly. However, many PPOs and HMOs will cover all or a portion of your fees using your out-of-network benefits. You can also use your HSA, flexible spending dollars, or medical savings account when making payment. Payment is due at the time of your appointment.

Chemical Use Assessments

Driving with Care (level one)

Guest Lecturing

Driving with Care (level two)

Crisis Interventions

Addiction Consultations


Meet Avitity's clinical team.

Meet Michael



Michael is a Harvard graduate who has led multiple research studies through the Harvard Psychology Department. He authored A Frenzied Mind: Clarifying the science behind addictive disorders. Michael is a licensed psychotherapist, MN state approved supervisor of alcohol & drug counselors (LADCs) & LADC interns, and expert in scientifically supported substance use disorder interventions.

Meet Maddie


Clinical Assistant

Maddie is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She graduated with high honors and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Maddie aspires to start graduate school to become a mental health counselor in 2021-2022. Her research interests include romantic relationships, anxiety and positive psychology. Outside the field of counseling psychology, she is a certified yoga instructor and plans to teach vinyasa at a studio.

Meet Erin


Clinical Assistant

Erin recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with honors and is interested in pursuing a master's degree in the areas of Behavioral or Developmental Psychology in the near future. She is an active runner, with aspirations of competing in a full marathon. She also enjoys traveling in her free time to gain new cultural experiences.