Peace of Mind in Troubled Times
Catherine A. Zatkoff, MA LPC
Catherine has 24 years of experience as a counselor, and in the last 8 years her focus in her private practice has been on clients that have alcohol/substance use driving offenses, or have had their driver’s license privileges revoked. Her goal is to treat each client with dignity, kindness, and respect as she understands how scary legal problems are.
Servicing Entire State of Michigan
Substance Use Evaluations and License Restoration
Areas of Expertise
Substance Use Evaluations
Catherine specializes in helping clients who have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances. She uses a thorough substance use assessment that includes a letter of recommendation and makes the appropriate treatment plan for the court to take into consideration.
License Restoration Work
Catherine realizes that each client is different and her evaluations are based on the interview she has with them, reviewing their driving record/criminal history, and by taking an extensive look at their alcohol and substance use history.
What to Expect From my Services
A free initial phone consultation to discuss your case and individual needs. We will discuss the process of the evaluation and discuss the desired outcome. We will schedule a time to do the evaluation based on your availability and mine. Most evaluations will be conducted over the phone or an online meeting. I will get your permission to collaborate and coordinate with your lawyer about your case. Upon completion of the substance use evaluation I will provide you and your attorney with a complete written evaluation that includes a recommendation that is based on the outcome of the evaluation.
Get Your License Back, Michigan!
Catherine has teamed up with Tim Dinan to publish Get Your License Back, Michigan! a manual to help you, the Michigan citizen who lost his or her driving privileges, and is not sure how to get those privileges back. They have taken their combined 50+ years of professional experience in having represented thousands of clients and working closely with the court system to create this guide. Get Your License Back, Michigan! is geared toward answering your questions and providing a better understanding of what you need to do to prepare the required forms, gather favorable evidence and personally prepare for a hearing.
What to Expect From my Services
Lawyers for DUI
and License Restorations
I will provide a free phone consultation for your client. If they retain my services and give me permission, I will contact you to confer with you on the needs of your client. A substance use evaluation will be completed. I will provide you with a written recommendation based upon the evaluation and our discussions and what is in the best interest of the client. I will coordinate with your office to ensure that all substance use evaluations are completed in a timely fashion prior to your client’s court date.
Mental Health Evaluations for Weapon Violations
Mental Health Evaluations
Catherine specializes in helping clients that have been arrested for firearm and weapon violations. She meets with each client in person, and does a thorough mental health assessment which includes communication with the courts when necessary.
Catherine has the knowledge and expertise in both mental health and criminal justice which makes her a valuable asset to anyone attempting to navigate through the court system and maintain peace of mind.
See What Others Have to Say
"I began seeing Catherine for therapy after my fourth DUI in May of 2016. By retaining her services, I found out about the Sobriety Court program with the 39th District Court. She worked with my attorney to get me accepted to that program which allowed for me to have no jail time and to get a restricted license after 45 days in the program. I completed the Sobriety Court program in February of 2018 and continued seeing Catherine for therapy on a weekly/monthly basis throughout that time and into 2019 when it was time for me to apply to get my full license reinstated. Catherine again coordinated with my attorney and completed my Substance Abuse Evaluation which is required for the DLAD License Hearing. She helped to make sure all of my paperwork was in order for my hearing and I was granted my full license from that hearing in July of 2019. I could not have made it through all of this without Catherine. She is a wonderful person and therapist, and a great person to have in your corner."
"My clients trust me to provide them with the resources to improve their lives. Over the last decade, I have assisted many who have been charged with OWIs and lost their licenses in Michigan. Catherine Zatkoff has extensive experience in both the court system as a probation officer and as a LPC/substance abuse counselor. Her ability to connect and build relationships with clients has been an invaluable resource as we fight to restore rights."
"Catherine has done many substance use evaluations for my clients that have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or substances. She provides a non-judgmental atmosphere, conducts a thorough substance use evaluation, while making recommendations to the court based on the results of the evaluation. Catherine also works with clients that are applying to get their driving privileges back. She has had great success in that area and many of her clients are happy to say that she helped them get their licenses restored."
"Following an arrest for a DUI, the Court ordered weekly counseling with Catherine Zatkoff. I found Catherine to be non-judgmental and supportive, allowing for open communication. Catherine made me feel like we were a team, working together, to get me through a difficult and painful experience. I would recommend Catherine Zatkoff to anyone looking for a Counselor who is a kind, true professional."
"Catherine has helped many of my clients work through issues that ultimately led to their arrest. Besides helping them personally, Catherine's reputation is well-known in courthouses throughout Southeast Michigan. Recently, I submitted a Substance Abuse Evaluation that Catherine had prepared for a client and the judge accepted it rather than having my client submit to a pre-investigation. Catherine is an excellent practitioner and I would recommend her unequivocally."
"Any time our office has a client that is in need of a Substance Abuse Evaluation and/or a continued treatment recommendation, for anything from a driver's license restoration to sentencing for a criminal matter, we send them right over to Catherine because we trust they will be taken care of. Catherine has integrity, is thorough and efficient, and her opinions are highly respected in the courts! She genuinely empathizes with her patients and is loyal in her commitments in improving their quality of life. We truly appreciate all the wonderful things she has done for our clients over the years!"