How often do we meet?
How long are sessions?
How many sessions will it take to reach our goals?
What can I expect our first session to be like?
Do you work evenings or weekends?
How quick can I make an appointment?
How much do you charge?
Do you take insurance?
Do you take credit cards?
When is it too late (or too early) for marriage counseling?
What is your role as a counselor in marriage therapy?
When should I seek substance abuse counseling?
How do I reach you in an emergency?
What is your policy on cancellations?


How often do we meet?

Some people meet with me on a weekly basis, while others may decide to meet bi-monthly or every 3 weeks.

Meetings will vary on a case by case basis. I often recommend that couples and individuals in distress to start therapy with weekly sessions in the beginning to lay the ground work for achieving your goals. My goal is that you will become the expert of your life and your relationships, but without putting a band-aide over the wound for temporary correction. I want long term change. As we begin to see progress, we can gradually pull therapy sessions further and further apart, as is appropriate for your situation.

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How long are sessions?

Initial assessment sessions are 50-80 minutes. Individual sessions are regularly for 50 minutes each.

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How many sessions will it take to reach our goals?

I often get people who ask me about how many sessions it will take to achieve the therapy goal. Even though I work from a shorter term of therapy (10-18 sessions), each person and situation is unique. The harder you work in and out of the therapy office, the quicker you will get results. However, if there are traumas or relationship wounds, the therapy may be stretched out and need more in depth focus. Others may respond very well to therapy and need less than 10 sessions. The sessions depend on the issues we are addressing, the client(s), the frequency of the therapy sessions, and the willingness to work through the issues. As a therapist, I will do my best to do whatever I can to help get long term results.

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What can I expect our first session to be like?

Your first session is important. You and I will assess if we are a good fit for potential therapeutic work. During consultation, feel free to ask questions related to therapy and my background, about the frequency of sessions, fee structure, cancellation policy, payment method, my orientation, my background, treatment method etc.

If you are satisfied, we may schedule subsequent sessions. If I feel I may not be able to help you, I will inform you and would be happy to provide you with an appropriate referral to a therapist who can better meet your needs.

If we decide to work together, I will go over the therapeutic framework that needs to be maintained throughout the duration of therapy. The framework is for your protection and healing, and I would appreciate your active involvement in the process.

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Do you work evenings or weekends?

I try to make the therapy appointments that work with your schedule, so I offer appointments both evenings and on weekends.

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How quick can I make an appointment?

I can usually schedule an appointment for the same week or for the following week. I do my best to fit my clients in quickly and to get started on therapy right away. Keep in mind that prime time slots get filled quickly, so scheduling the counseling sessions sooner rather than later is encouraged.

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How much do you charge?

My fee schedule is contained under the Fees tab.

Click on the word Fees and you will be taken to the Fee Schedule, or click on the Fees tab at the top of the screen to be taken to the Fee Schedule.

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Do you take insurance?

Michael Carney is an in-network provider on most insurance and EAP plans. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.

Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

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Do you take credit cards?

Yes

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When is it too late (or too early) for marriage counseling?

Ideally, it would be great if every couple went through counseling to maintain the quality of their relationship. A marriage is like a garden; it requires regular tending, work, and attention to keep it growing in a healthy way. If it is not routinely maintained, the marital “weeds” will sneak up and spoil the garden of your marriage.

It is best to come in even when things seem to be going well, in order to polish up your communication skills, work through unresolved issues, understand each other better, etc. However, many people come into counseling just prior to divorce, when their garden is full of weeds with very little life left. Although coming in earlier is better, we can still work on the problems if you are willing to do the hard work. Marriage counseling is not miraculous; I can’t make everything all better in a few sessions. It took time for your marriage to get the way it is, and it will take time and effort to re-establish your relationship. If you are unsure if you want counseling or if it is worth it for your relationship, come in for an initial session, and I will help you diagnose the problems and determine a plan of action for you to consider.

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What is your role as a counselor in marriage therapy?

As your therapist, I take a direct role in marriage counseling. I am not there just to listen; I am there to listen and provide direction, reflection, and clarification. I will be an active participant in your sessions, which involves listening, interrupting, mediating, clarifying, confronting, and providing direction for the session.

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When should I seek substance abuse counseling?

If any of the following statements apply to you, you should seek substance abuse counseling.

  • You have chronic hangovers, difficulty studying or otherwise question your relationship to alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Someone who cares has expressed concern about your use of drugs/alcohol.
  • You frequently use drugs or alcohol to a state of intoxication.
  • You experience a blackout (a temporary loss of memory), due to the use of alcohol.
  • You resist hearing or learning anything about the negative effects of drugs/alcohol.
  • You come into conflict with the law, or sustain bodily injury as a consequence of intoxication.
  • You were raised in a family where problem drinking or alcoholism was present
  • You have friends or loved ones whose use of mood-altering substances is a concern to you.

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How do I reach you in an emergency?

I am unavailable outside of office hours, I suggest you call an agency listed on the Community Resources page. If you have an emergency situation please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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What is your policy on cancellations?

Because client hours are limited, it is important to make them available to those who need them. I require 24 hours notice of a cancellation or you will be charged the full fee for that appointment. I will work with you if there are unusual extenuating reasons for the shorter notice.

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