Diane McCarthy, LMSW

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What To Expect

Many times people tell me they have never been to therapy and aren't sure "how it's done".  I believe in trying to decrease the chance of clients feeling awkward as much as possible, so the purpose of this page is to provide some very basic information.

When you arrive at my office, I ask that you simply have a seat in the waiting room.  At the appointed time, I will come out and meet you. 

I will begin gathering information from you in the first session, as well as in subsequent sessions.  Additionally, we will use this time to help clarify your goals for therapy.  As your therapy progresses, at times the mood of the session will be serious, at times we'll laugh.  No matter how comfortable a relationship we form, my role in your life is as your therapist.   I will let you know when we are approaching the end of the session so there are a few minutes to bring it to a close.


We will have discussed the fee before your first visit.  The fee for the session is payable by cash or check and I collect the fee at the session.  I can provide a receipt upon request.


In my private practice I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Otherwise, I am a "fee for service" provider and will gladly provide a detailed receipt for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

Cancellation Policy

When we schedule a session, I am reserving that time just for you. If you need to cancel the session, it is important for me to receive enough advance notice so I may offer that time to someone else.  I request 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a session, or you will be charged for the session.


In order to decrease the amount of time spent on paperwork during our initial session, please print out and complete the applicable forms in advance and bring them with you to your first session.   You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for your platform in order to  open and print these documents. You can download it by following the link below.

Consent To Treat

New Client History

Notice of HIPAA Practices

Insurance Agreement


2311 East Stadium Blvd.

Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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Free parking is available next to our building and this building is handicap accessible.