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At Healthy Connections Counseling, LLC we are committed to putting our clients first. Our priority is to optimize the health and productivity of all staff members and clients. In light of COVID-19, Healthy Connections Counseling, LLC continues to monitor the global situation and following local guidance in our communities to ensure the safety of staff members and clients. Safety is our highest priority, and while the goal is to ultimately return to the office, we are currently working remotely and are connecting with our clients through telehealth. At Healthy Connections Counseling, LLC we are excited to connect with you virtually and look forward to serving you.​

Michele Chaney, LCPC, CAC-AD

Psychotherapist

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A Short Story About Me

Michele

Education:

Michele completed her bachelors as a double major in Sociology and Psychology with Human Growth & Development as a minor from the State University of New York. While there she earned the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. She attended Chaminade University for a year enrolled in the Master of Science in Community Counseling and obtained her Master of Arts at Hood College in Human Sciences in 2010. She went on to complete a Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Community Counseling from the Johns Hopkins University in 2014. She earned 45 of a 60 credit Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counselor Education & Supervision program (2015-2019). During her graduate work she completed her internship in a community-based mental health agency counseling a diverse population. During her doctoral program her internship included counseling at a local Crisis Center and as a Teaching Assistant she taught components of graduate level Trauma and Ethics courses. Michelle was inducted to Chi Sigma Iota in 2014 and is a Chi Cha lifetime member.

Professional:

Michele has been community oriented for more than 25 years. Her last title was President of the Multicultural Counseling and Development (MAMCD) division of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) and has been an executive board member from 2017-2020. She has been a professional mentor to Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) graduate students from 2015-2020. She has been a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the International Association for Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). In addition, she is a passionate supporter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and those who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

As a Certified Addiction Counselor, for more more than 15 years, she has worked primarily with those suffering with Opioid dependence. She understands the complexity of chemical addiction/obsessive behaviors and the process of recovery.

As a certified professional trauma therapist she is able to offer a caring and supportive healing space. Michele’s specialty is emotional regulation and relationship competence, which includes emotional connection, effective communication, and healthy boundaries with self and others.

She will support you in finding effective ways to emotionally regulate and develop the skills needed to remain emotionally connected to achieve caring relationships, with self and others.

 Therapeutic Approach:

Michelle takes a Humanistic oriented approach to therapy because she believes it is an essential conduit to the client-therapist relationship. 

Therapeutic Process:
She respectfully joins with clients in their subjective world, in a warm, patient and nonjudgmental manner. She also believes people can overcome personal challenges when they learn effectively how to manage emotional triggers, historical trauma, the ebb and flow of relationships and to accept the inconsistencies in everyday life. She is committed to the process of helping clients discover personal power, foster hope and healing and the courage​ to live a life worth living. To do this, she utilizes Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy [REBT],  Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy [CBCT], and Reality/Choice Therapy to support this process. For couples, she pulls from the works of John Gottman, Sue Johnson and other relationship-attachment oriented trainers. She understands the uniqueness of individuals therefore mindfulness methods, expressive and  experiential therapies are utilized in a culturally sensitive manner. 

Testimonials

I have appreciated working with Ms Chaney. She has helped me unpack so many issues I didn’t have insights about. And while I am not yet there, I have noted an overall improvement in learning to let go - not always have to be in control and to also learn to make space for my son to grow and figure himself out. (2021)​

It has been such a great experience having Michelle as my therapist. I am very happy with my progress and proud of myself for getting the help I needed. I have become more self-aware of thinking distortions and my deep rooted irrational beliefs and have learned how challenge those beliefs. My confidence in myself has grown tremendously and I have learned how to manage my anxiety. My relationship with my son has improved greatly and I am so grateful to have learned such valuable lessons during my sessions. (2022)

It has been such a great experience having Michelle as my therapist. I am very happy with my progress and proud of myself for getting the help I needed. I have become more self-aware​ of thinking distortions and my deep rooted irrational beliefs and have learned how challenge those beliefs. My confidence in myself has grown tremendously and I have learned how to manage my anxiety. My relationship with my son has improved greatly and I am so grateful to have learned such valuable lessons during my sessions. (2022)

I happened to find Michelle through doing a lot of research online for therapists. I went to therapy to work on PTSD and ended up working through so many other issues that have affected me since my childhood. Michelle has changed my life - I am much more clearheaded nowadays and able to handle life's difficulty wit​h more grace than I have ever been able to in my life. (2021)


By tackling my irrational thinking, issues with self-worth, and drug and alcohol addiction I now have the tools to cultivate healthy, meaningful relationships with myself and others. I have had a tough, but a wonderful ex​perience in therapy finding myself and new healthy ways to move forward. (2022)


Deciding to start therapy six months ago was one of the healthiest things I have ever done for myself and I'm so grateful that I chose Michelle to work with. From the very beginning, I was able to be open and candid and completely authentic because I felt confident that I could trust her. Together, we have been able to create a treatment plan and meet the objectives and I don't think I have ever felt lighter or more capable of managing what life brings my way! (2022)

I reached out to Michelle when spending my life between chasing perfection and escaping reality proved to be unsustainable. Under her firm but reassuring guidance i was able to see that facing reality is actually not all that scary. Now I have tools to handle walking a mile or two in wet socks or writing with a dull pencil.(2022)

Psychotherapy Services 

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Substance Abuse Counseling

Because substance abuse and chemical addictions are stigmatized this can make it challenging to reach out for support. If you are having problems with family, success with school or with work performance, increasing strain in meaningful relationships, or managing emotions you may have a substance use pattern that is putting all that you care about at risk.

Want to feel hopeful addressing substance use?


Have you asked yourself if there is the possibility of a substance use problem? Are you wanting a counseling experience that can gently incorporate substance use concerns that allows for exploration of how this is might be impacting various areas of your life?  Most believe it is helpful to have a psychotherapist who understands the lure of chemical use and the unique challenges commonly faced.


Michelle has been a certified substance abuse treatment professional since 2007. She has worked with those who struggled with Opioid, Cannabis, Cocaine and Alcohol Dependence. She can support those who are ready for a life without the abuse of mood-altering chemicals and support the recovery process with genuine compassion. 


NOTE: If it is determined that individual counseling is not the appropriate approach to reducing misuse or abuse of mood altering chemicals a referral may be suggested.  The referral process is collaborative and explores the most appropriate right next step. 

Health Connections Counseling provides practical feedback and can connect you to community-based substance abuse treatment providers or the self-help community.

Individual Counseling

Life has many painful transitions and you can learn strategies to better manage those times that are more confusing. 

You may ask yourself from time to time if psychotherapy is needed. There are many reasons to seek professional counseling and there are no right or wrong reasons to want professional consultation. At Healthy Connections Counseling we understand there are times when asking for help can be a difficult decision to make. 

One reason why we take the process slow.

Moving at your pace, implementing creative ways to increase your comfort level and letting you take the lead. The orientation that works well with this counseling philosophy is Humanism. The relationship with your counselor is viewed as an important aspect of therapy to assist you in reaching your goals with relevant therapeutic techniques blended in at the most auspicious time.

Couples Counseling

Is your relationship strained? Are you

feeling increasingly emotionally distant? Are you finding it difficult to express your needs without it leading to an argument?

Relationship Trenches:

Not sure what happened to create this drift? Just so you know, these trenches are common and are difficult for many couples to navigate. Couples create relationship patterns, or relationship habits, that sometimes undermine the ability to enjoy satisfying companionship. Other times, our dreams, our hopes and our desires go unfulfilled because of uncertainty in how to talk about them.

At Healthy Connections Counseling we will help you develop effective ways to build a trusting relationship by improving communication, which in turn can assist during those difficult times and getting you closer to what you desire most. (Please note: Insurance is not accepted for couples therapy).

Grief Therapy

Grief and mourning are occurrences to live through as a natural part of the human experience. Sometimes, grief requires a tremendous amount of energy causing fatigue, disrupted sleep, loss of appetite and physical discomfort. Grief can be physically painful leading to depressed moods, anger, sadness and anxiety. Although grief can be difficult it is not continuous and can be experienced in bouts indicating it is more than simply mourning. Moments between grieving, we can experience thoughts that bring comfort and delight, affirming the meaningful and pleasant times shared with our loved one.

Grieving cannot be rushed and there is no time limit on the grieving process as we strive to accept the loss both intellectually and emotionally. During this time patience and compassion for yourself can make a difference. We know that the grief process will become a part of us, cultivating a continuous bond, unique for each individual.

While we typically associate grief and mourning with following the loss of a significant relationship there are other types of losses. Sometimes these losses are subtle, but nonetheless a loss to grieve, and can be triggered by other losses. Therapy provides a still place where acceptance of these losses can take place and healing can begin. 

Trauma Therapy 

As a certified clinical trauma processional, I understand that past painful experiences can cause one to struggle in their intimate relationships, negatively impact parenting and friendships, influence work relationships and play a role in longstanding family strained dynamics.

My role is to support you through your healing process and transform your deep pain and turmoil. I have helped people who have experienced sexual assault, survivors of intimate partner violence, stressful childhood experiences, and those who have experienced vicarious trauma related to their emotionally challenging job duties.

The emotional pain from the past does not need to hold your future hostage.

A trauma approach is used to allow for a gentle healing process that can address deep hurts that feel as if they’ll last forever.  

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Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) 

Client Rights & Therapist Duties:

This document contains important information about federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), that provides privacy protections and patient rights with regard to the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information (PHI) used for the purpose of treatment, payment, and health care operations.

HIPAA requires that I provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) for use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) for treatment, payment and health care operations.  The Notice, which is attached to this Agreement, explains HIPAA and its application to your PHI in greater detail.  The law requires that I obtain your signature acknowledging that I have provided you with this notice.  If you have any questions, it is your right and obligation to ask so I can have a further discussion prior to signing this document.  When you sign this document, it will also represent an agreement between us.  You may revoke this Agreement in writing at any time.  That revocation will be binding unless I have taken action in reliance on it.


Limits On Confidentiality:

The law protects the privacy of all communication between a patient and a therapist.  In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA.  There are some situations where I am permitted or required to disclose information without either your consent or authorization. If such a situation arises, I will limit my disclosure to what is necessary.  Reasons I may have to release your information without authorization:

1.      If you are involved in a court proceeding and a request is made for information concerning your diagnosis and treatment, such information is protected by the psychologist-patient privilege law.  I cannot provide any information without your (or your legal representative's) written authorization, or a court order, or if I receive a subpoena of which you have been properly notified and you have failed to inform me that you oppose the subpoena.  If you are involved in or contemplating litigation, you should consult with an attorney to determine whether a court would be likely to order me to disclose information.

2.      If a government agency is requesting the information for health oversight activities, within its appropriate legal authority, I may be required to provide it for them.

3.      If a patient files a complaint or lawsuit against me, I may disclose relevant information regarding that patient in order to defend myself.

4.      If a patient files a worker's compensation claim, and I am providing necessary treatment related to that claim, I must, upon appropriate request, submit treatment reports to the appropriate parties, including the patient's employer, the insurance carrier or an authorized qualified rehabilitation provider.

5.      I may disclose the minimum necessary health information to my business associates that perform functions on our behalf or provide us with services if the information is necessary for such functions or services.  My business associates sign agreements to protect the privacy of your information and are not allowed to use or disclose any information other than as specified in our contract.

There are some situations in which I am legally obligated to take actions, which I believe are necessary to attempt to protect others from harm, and I may have to reveal some information about a patient's treatment:

1.      If I know, or have reason to suspect, that a child under 18 has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or any other person responsible for the child's welfare, the law requires that I file a report with the Local Department of Social Services OR the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency.   Once such a report is filed, I may be required to provide additional information.

2.      If I know or have reasonable cause to suspect, that a vulnerable adult (18 years or older) has been abused, neglected, or exploited, the law requires that I file a report with the Adult Protective Services with the Department of Social Services.  Once such a report is filed, I may be required to provide additional information.

3.      If I believe that there is a clear and immediate probability of physical harm to the patient, to other individuals, or to society, I may be required to disclose information to take protective action, including communicating the information to the potential victim, and/or appropriate family member, and/or the police or to seek hospitalization of the patient.


Clients Rights and Therapist Duties:

Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information:

●       For Treatment – I use and disclose your health information internally in the course of your treatment.  If I wish to provide information outside of our practice for your treatment by another health care provider, I will have you sign an authorization for release of information.  Furthermore, an authorization is required for most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes.

●       ***For Payment ***– I may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services provided to you as delineated in the Therapy Agreement.

●       For Operations – I may use and disclose your health information as part of our internal operations.  For example, this could mean a review of records to assure quality.  I may also use your information to tell you about services, educational activities, and programs that I feel might be of interest to you.


Patient Rights: 

●       Right to Treatment – You have the right to ethical treatment without discrimination regarding race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, age, or any other protected category.

●       Right to Confidentiality – You have the right to have your health care information protected.  If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer.  I will agree to such unless a law requires that I share that information. * To maintain confidentiality, sessions are not to be recorded by use of camera, cellular phones or any other recording device.

●       Right to Request Restrictions – You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information about you.  However, I am not required to agree to a restriction you request.

●       Right to Receive Confidential Communications by Alternative Means and at Alternative Locations – You have the right to request and receive confidential communications of PHI by alternative means and at alternative locations. You must make this request in writing.  Your request must specify the alternative means or location and provide satisfactory explanation how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.

●       Right to Inspect and Copy – You have the right to inspect or obtain a copy (or both) of PHI.  Records must be requested in writing and release of information must be completed.  Furthermore, there is a copying fee charge of $1.00 per page.  Please make your request well in advanced and allow 2 weeks to receive the copies.  If I refuse your request for access to your records, you have a right of review, which I will discuss with you upon request.

●        Right to Amend – If you believe the information in your records is incorrect and/or missing important information, you can ask us to make certain changes, also known as amending, to your health information.  You have to make this request in writing.  You must clearly indicate the reasons you want to make these changes, and I will decide if it is and if I refuse to do so, I will tell you why within 90 days.

●       Right to a Copy of This Notice – If you received paperwork electronically, you have a copy in your email/portal access.  If you completed this paperwork in the office during your first session a copy will be provided to you per your request or at any time.

●       Right to an Accounting – You generally have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI regarding you.  On your request, I will discuss with you the details of the accounting process.

●       Right to Choose Someone to Act for You – If someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information; I will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before I take any action.

●       Right to Choose – You have the right to decide not to receive services with me.  If you wish, I will provide you with at least three names of other qualified professionals.

●       Right to Terminate – You have the right to terminate therapeutic services with Healthy Connections Counseling, LLC at any time without any legal or financial obligations other than those already accrued.  I ask that you discuss your decision with me in session before terminating or at least contact me by phone letting me know you are terminating services.

●       Right to Release Information with Written Consent – With your written consent, any part of your record can be released to any person or agency you designate.  Together, we will discuss whether or not I think releasing the information in question to that person or agency might be harmful to you.

Therapist’s Duties:

●     I am required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with a notice of my legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI.  I reserve the right to change the privacy policies and practices described in this notice.  Unless I notify you of such changes, however, I am required to abide by the terms currently in effect.  If I revise my policies and procedures, I will provide you with a revised notice in office during our session.


Complaints:

If you are concerned that I have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision I made about access to your records, you may contact me, the State of Maryland Department of Health, or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Grievance:

Procedural Steps:

Step I: If you have a complaint meet with your counselor and discuss your concerns. There are times when a simple mistake has been made, which will allow for corrective action to be taken. If your concerns have not been addressed to a satisfactory outcome you may file a grievance.

Step II: Clients have the right to report a grievable complaint that may be submitted in writing (on the Grievance Form located at https://health.maryland.gov/bopc/pdfs/complaintform.pdf) and a description of the grievance with all other required information to the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist.


The Board Investigator can be reached at the information below:

Kimberly B. Link, J.D.

Executive Director

Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

4201 Patterson Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215

Kimberly.link@maryland.gov

Fax: (410) 358-1610

                    GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE NOTICE

                        Notice to clients and prospective clients:

Under the law, health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.  


You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.


You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service, or at any time during treatment.


If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.


For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, or how to dispute a bill, see your Estimate, or visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises. 

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