Are you not sure if
Counseling Corner for MFT is the right place
Look over our frequently asked questions
that have been asked over time from our
prospective clients. If your questions are
answered here and you are ready to get
started on your journey towards a healthy
and more satisfying relationship,
to talk with a professional therapist.
What type of services do you provide?
Services are provided for Individuals,
Couples and Families and include
psychotherapy services focusing on
relationship issues or problems directly
related to relationship difficulties.
Do you offer Anger Management Services?
Yes, we have individual and couple sessions
available for dealing with anger management
issues. The sessions are one-to-one for 45 minutes. You learn how to identify
different styles for expressing anger,
understanding the physiological changes
behind anger, your own development and its
influence on how you express your anger, as
well as, many tools to manage behavior and
enhance your relationships. Our approach is unique in that because our
therapists are trained in family systems, we
guide our clients through an increased
understanding of how their experiences in
their families and other significant
relationships contribute to our anger
patterns. Participants are required to complete weekly
homework assignments (i.e.; exercises,
journaling, reading, etc.) as part of the
program. A letter verifying completion of
the 10 week sessions will be provided.
Our program meets the standards for all
types of mandates (court, lawyer, Child
Individual, couple or family programs are
more geared towards meeting the specific
individual needs and allow for increased
time with the therapist; therefore, sessions
can go beyond the 10 week period depending
on the goals of the client(s).
Where are you located?
Merrick, Long Island (in Nassau
County- a few blocks from LIRR)
What days and times can we meet with a
Sessions with a therapist are by appointment
Do you accept insurance?
No, we are not a provider for any insurance
company. Payment for services is due
at the time of services. If a
client wishes to obtain reimbursement by their
insurance company s/he may request a receipt from
their therapist. A receipt will be
provided with the date of services and with procedural and diagnostic codes.
It is recommended that the individual
wanting to submit a claim to their insurance
first call about their benefits and verify out-of-network
coverage for mental
health and if the services with be
reimbursed if provided by a marriage and
How often are sessions?
Sessions are typically scheduled on a weekly
basis. Having weekly sessions gives the
client(s) and therapist enough time to
address issues in sessions and to process
them afterwards, complete homework
assignments and build momentum together.
However, clients sometimes meet on a
bi-weekly schedule due to family, work or
financial issues. This can be discussed
between the client and therapist. Clients
that come into therapy for regular sessions
and reach their goals, may reduce the number
of sessions to bi-weekly or less as part of
the "weaning" period. This happens
after the client has maintained the
changes sought and moving towards the end of
therapy. This gives the client time to
test their new tools and ability to maintain
these changes with less assistance from
their therapist. These sessions are
important to the therapy process and allow
for a healthy transition.
How long does the therapy process last?
Each client, couple or family is different;
therefore, it is difficult to assess how
many sessions it will take for either type
of client to complete the therapy process. A
few things to keep in mind:
1) The goals for the client(s). At the
initial sessions with the therapist, clients
will work with him or her to identify goals
for their lives and/or relationships. This
will give everyone involved a vision of how
they would like to see themselves at the end
of the process and can be used to measure
changes. The therapist will look for
specific changes so that it is clear when
the client(s) reaches this point.
2) The issues present in the life of the
client(s). There are a number of different
issues that clients present when they come
to therapy and each needing different time
and attention. This will vary from person
to person. Clients are expected to participate
in the process, however, it is
understandable that not everyone is
comfortable with coming to therapy and some
time may be spent on creating more safety by
addressing any questions or concerns. Our
approach is not considered to be long-term
therapy and is brief. Clients generally
stay in therapy at Counseling Corner on an
average 15-24 sessions. Of
course, clients have the right to
terminate sessions at anytime they wish with
no obligations other than any fees accrued
during the time spent in therapy.
3) Frequency of meetings. As suggested
above, generally clients meet on a weekly
schedule with their therapist. It is assumed
that there will be times when you can not meet
due to other obligations or unexpected
happenings. We have a 24 hour cancellation
policy thus a client will be charged 100% of
the fee. *We warn that clients that do
not meet regularly are at risk of losing the
momentum established in the initial sessions
and may prolong the time spent in therapy.
It is recommended that a schedule be
discussed with the therapist that you
believe you can commit to or will make every
effort to try and meet.
How long is each session?
Each session is 45-60 minutes in length
(depending on provider). At the
initial session, clients are asked to come
in 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time
to review and complete standard intake
Are you a doctor or social worker?
All therapists employed by Counseling Corner
have graduate training in marriage and
family therapy either from a university or
specialized training school. Each therapist
is recognized by the national organization
for MFT's (See www.aamft.org). To learn more
about what is an MFT and our approach, surf
through this site. MFT's were recently licensed in the state of
New York and therapists eligible for
licensing are encouraged to apply. Our
therapists are licensed or hold a permit to
practice under the careful supervision of a
licensee while completing the necessary
requirements for licensure. (See the New
York State Government official website for
more information on Licensing MFT's http://www.op.nysed.gov/mhp.htm).
Do you see couples that are not married?
Yes, we see all couples in committed
relationships and at different stages of a
relationship. You may be living together
with your partner, dating for a long or
short time, engaged to be married,
newlyweds, same sex partners or have been married for a length
Should I bring in my partner?
If you are experiencing issues in your
relationship, if you believe that your
problem is related to difficulties in your
relationship, or that an issue is
contributing to relationship issues, then you should consider
bringing your partner. MFT's view issues
from a broad perspective and look to
understand how our relationships may be
maintaining the problem. In doing so, it is
helpful to have as many people as possible
involved in the therapy process so that
everyone is working in collaboration rather
than against one another.
I have never done this before so what can I
Expect to hear from your therapist within 24
hours via telephone from the time an
appointment is made with the Intake
Contact Us). At this point your
assigned therapist will introduce themselves and confirm
the appointment. At the first session, you
will be asked to share what it is that
brought you (and/or others) to therapy. Each
person will be given the opportunity to tell
their experience so that all sides of the issues are
heard. The therapist will ask questions
about the problem, solutions, history and
other issues that may be present. Individual
history may also be taken at this time.
Within the first couple of sessions, the
client and therapist will identify goals
so that there is a focus and a desirable
end. Sessions that follow will focus on how
to reach that end and addressing barriers,
conflicts and steps towards that end.
Who should attend the sessions with you will
be suggested by a therapist. Couples are
seen together for the initial session and
ongoing sessions unless otherwise suggested
by the therapist. A therapist will not
see one partner or both for individual
therapy sessions if they are working with
that therapist in couples therapy. The
therapist may suggest individual therapy to
enhance the couples work and will provide a
referral to another therapist within CCMFT
or outside. We recommend that if you
are seeing another therapist or psychiatrist
that you give consent for your providers to
discuss treatment goals so as to limit
conflict between both treatments.
The initial session is a great time to
address any questions or concerns regarding
the therapy or therapist. However, we
encourage clients to ask questions
throughout the process and to give feedback
on how they are doing. This is a
collaborative process between therapist and
client--an open dialogue is highly
How do I (we) get started?
Initial sessions are scheduled over the
Contact us today to speak with a
therapist and schedule your appointment.
Is there a free initial consultation?
No, the initial session is the same rate as
any regular session.
However, a free 15-minute phone consultation
is provided for all new inquiries. Contact
us to receive your free consultation today!
What are the fees?
Fees for an Intake, Individual, Couple or
Family Therapy is range from $135-$150
(depending on the therapist) per session.
Fees for an Anger Management Program:
Individual (one-on-one) is $135-$150 per
session (depending on the therapist); Couple's sessions are $135-$150 per
Purchase 10 session package upfront and save
$200 off the total cost of the program
What forms of payment are accepted?
All payments are accepted as either cash, check
(made out to Counseling Corner) or credit
card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or
Discover). Payment is collected at the
end of each session.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, we have a forty-eight (48) hour
cancellation policy. A
cancellation policy has been implemented as
a boundary to protect our therapists.
It is important that the therapist be aware
of his/her schedule. If a client is
unable to make an appointment, it is
necessary to call and let the therapist know
so that the therapist is not waiting for the
clients arrival, and/or so another client
can be seen. It helps us to be more
efficient in what we do. (100% fee
charged for No-Show or Late Cancellations).