New Clients

PLEASE NOTE: teletherapy and online mental health services are often not sufficient in the event of a crisis or emergency, as these services may not provide adequate assistance in these instances. Moreover if you are in crisis or someone you know is a threat to themselves, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (where you can receive 24/7 support), contact local crisis services, or call 911.

Please follow the instructions below if you are interested in becoming a client.

Please reach out to intake@commonsensemh.com to learn more about our practice, our services, our providers, or if you have any questions.


To become a client:

  • Below you will find a picture and a brief bio on each of our therapists.

  • You will also see if a therapist has availability or if they have a wait list.

  • Based on a therapist availability, you will see a button to either complete their intake packet or to complete a form which will add you to their wait list.

  • Each intake packet includes the following:

    • Insurance Information: please select whether you will be using insurance or self-pay. You will also be asked to attach a photo of your ID for identity verification. When you select insurance, please complete all required fields.

    • Comprehensive Assessment: please complete in full.

    • Informed Consent: please read through and sign.

    • Release of information: please complete for a provider your counselor may need to contact. If additional copies are needed, you may print out this document and complete multiple copies, or you may complete more with your counselor when you see them.

    • Credit Card Authorization: please complete with a valid credit or debit card so that your counselor may bill you after each session (this applies if you are self-pay or have an insurance co-pay).

  • Please feel free to contact our Practice Manager with any questions:

    intake@commonsensemh.com

    518-350-7374(Call or Text)

    518-545-4691(Call or Text)

    Please allow up to one business day for a response.

Counselors who are currently accepting clients:

 

All Providers

Timothy Crumley, LMHC, BC-TMH, CEO and Psychotherapist

Timothy is the CEO of CommonSense Mental Health, as well as a psychotherapist and licensed mental health counselor specializing in substance use-related issues, gender and sexuality development and issues related to general anxiety and depression. He is a Rogerian and Client-Centered therapist and one of his core beliefs is that most distress is related to living a life that may not be yours.

One of the main goals of therapy is to identify your path and true goals, and to begin taking steps toward your ideal self. Timothy also believes this process can often be best accomplished online and through secure forms of digital communication (including text and video-based services). 

In his spare time Timothy has also managed a substance abuse rehabilitation facility in Albany, New York, as well as served as a psychotherapist at a private practice and on other online platforms. He is an avid cyclist and runner.

SPECIALTIES

  • Addictions

  • Issues facing the LGBTQ+ community

  • Relationship counseling

  • Family counseling

Accepted Insurance Providers:

  • Beacon Value Options (MVP)

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • CDPHP

  • Out of network benefits

Availability: Timothy is not currently accepting new clients.

Wait list: Timothy is not currently building a wait list.

 
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Meagan Rivenburgh, MHC, CASAC, Psychotherapist

Meagan is a mental health and addictions counselor who, in addition to providing psychotherapy, assists our practice with community outreach, collaboration, and training. Meagan strongly believes the interaction of personal identity, family, community, and career can lead to challenges in multiple life-areas when one aspect becomes particularly stressful. Meagan enjoys assisting individuals and families to identify those aspects of self that have already proven to be successful for each of us, and to discover new ways to apply these to challenging patterns that may no longer be as effective for our goals. Meagan takes a client-centered, integrated approach that often emphasizes psychodynamic and family-systems theories.

Having lived and worked in various parts of the United States, she currently resides in the Albany, New York area. Through her experience personally and professionally, she knows first-hand the challenges of developing and maintaining an alliance in counseling when life and work get in the way and strongly believes in flexibility and accessibility. Having worked with multiple age groups in multiple treatment settings, she has developed a passion for aiding individuals and families with identifying and obtaining personalized supports, services, and resources to increase enjoyment and fulfillment. Meagan believes that counseling can provide an avenue of self-discovery that goes beyond the alleviation of symptoms providing pathways to thrive.

In addition to Meagan’s work with our practice, she enjoys working with other helping professionals to build upon their own strengths in their work and personal lives. In her spare time Meagan enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends, family, and two very cool miniature schnauzers.

SPECIALTIES

  • Life Transitions

  • Addictions

  • Trauma

  • Chronic Illness and Pain

  • Family of Origin

  • Relationships

  • Communication

Accepted Insurance Providers:

  • None: Meagan only accepts self-pay clients on sliding scale based on the gross yearly income of clients. She also accepts OON (out of network benefits).

Availability: Meagan is not currently accepting new clients.

Wait list: Meagan is not currently building a wait list.

 
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Paula Carciu, LMHC, Psychotherapist

Paula is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in substance abuse, co-occurring mental health diagnoses and coordination of client services. Her clinical experience includes treating individuals recovering from substance use disorders and mood disorders. Her theoretical orientation includes focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques with an emphasis on solution-focused approaches. In addition to part-time counseling services, Paula currently practices as the Clinical Supervisor of an intensive residential substance abuse program in Albany, NY.

Paula believes client-centered and solution-focused approaches allow individuals to begin to feel empowered to regain control of their lives. Individualized therapy can serve as an individual’s safe platform to understand any level of personal discomfort and work towards a life of greater fulfillment. Having treated various age groups, she believes optimal fulfillment occurs when an individual is able to freely and authentically express their true selves.  Additionally, she believes in the importance of practicing self-care and introspection processes on a regular basis. In her spare time, Paula enjoys hiking, playing with her dog Luna, spending time with friends, family, attending live concerts and reading poetry.

SPECIALTIES

  • Addictions

  • Trauma

  • Family counseling

  • Mood disorders

  • Group counseling

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Accepted Insurance Providers:

  • CDPHP

  • Beacon Value Options (MVP)

  • Out of network benefits

Availability: Paula is not currently accepting new clients.

Wait list: While Paula currently has a wait list, we are unable to guarantee how long the wait would be. If you still wish to be wait listed, please complete the following form:

 

*PLEASE NOTE: teletherapy and online mental health services are often not sufficient in the event of a crisis or emergency, as these services may not provide adequate assistance in these instances. Moreover if you are in crisis or someone you know is a threat to themselves, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (where you can receive 24/7 support), contact local crisis services, or call 911

Address: 75 Railroad Pl., Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866   

Email: intake@commonsensemh.com

Phone: (518) 545-4691

Fax: (518) 704-4727