Farrell Carley, LMHC, LCDP - Therapist in Middletown, RI

Farrell Carley

Licensed Mental Health Professional, LMHC
Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, LCDP

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Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Specialties & expertise

  • Addictions and substance use
  • Trauma and sexual assault
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Life transitions
  • Connection with one's body
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Couples counseling
  • Anger management
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Impulse control issues
  • Infertility counseling

Professional statement

Farrell Carley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional in private practice in Middletown, RI. As a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional as well as the Director of a substance abuse treatment center, Farrell has particular expertise in helping those struggling with addictions and substance abuse issues. She also sees individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and self-esteem.

Farrell uses several approaches to create a productive space for her clients, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, supportive therapy, and motivational interviewing. She sees teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and parents, and offers group, family, and couples sessions as well.

Farrell believes in the power of healing through connection with oneself, one's body, and one's emotional awareness, and is dedicated to being present for her patients. She emphasizes different types of listening to understand the heart of her clients' message, and hopes to help her clients find their own innate wisdom.


Addictions and substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

General expertise

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Beacon Health
  • Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
  • Neighborhood Health
  • Providence College (United Health)
  • United Health
  • RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing appointments: $125/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $125 is offered. 

Therapist's note: Farrell can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"Change happens in the present. We are all born with the ability to know how we FEEL from moment to moment. A "felt sense" is a body sensation that is meaningful. Often, we are so busy that we do not take the time to "listen" to our feelings and to let them speak to us. I believe in the power of healing through connection and/or re-connection with yourself, your body and your emotional awareness. "Yesterday's history. Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift. that's why its called the PRESENT." Give yourself the gift of Presence. I'd be honored to bear witness and assist you in that process."

Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Hakomi Therapy
Core Energetics

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2013 - Present
CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Program Director, 2015 - Present
CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Clinical Supervisor, 2014 - Present
CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Clinician, 2014 - Present
Met School, Counselor, 2011 - 2012

CAGS in Mental Health, 2011
Salve Regina University, MA in Holistic Counseling, 2010
Fordham University, BA, 2001



Professional endorsements

Farrell demonstrates exceptional skill as a therapist; drawing on a variety of theories and fostering therapeutic relationships with her inimitable compassionate approach. Staff and patients alike experience immediate healing merely by entering her office; greeted as they are by Farrell’s compassionate gaze, statues of Buddha, spectacular crystals and gorgeous original works of art. If peace is what is sought, if insight is the goal, and self-acceptance and self love are the prizes, then therapy with Farrell Carley is the most promising journey to reach them. Farrell Carley has extensive knowledge of community resources, connection to a strong network of practitioners of alternative therapies, a deep commitment to learn and master tools and techniques that might help her clients and experience in a very broad range of therapeutic applications including acupuncture, Core Energetics, Motivational Interviewing and more. She is also an excellent teacher.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, existential issues, substance use disorders, relationship issues, self- esteem and body image issues, LGBTQ
— Marguerite Peruto, LMHC, LCDP (2017)
Farrell is a highly qualified and experienced therapist who brings a deep kindness to her work. Having a background in healing arts served Farrell well as she earned her Master’s degree in Holistic Counseling. Continued professional growth is a hallmark of Farrell’s practice. She tailors her approach to best meet the needs of her clients. One is immediately put at ease by Farrell’s gentle and support manner. I have a deep understanding of the commitment and dedication that Farrell brings to her work each day. She is highly ethical and reliable. I don’t hesitate to fully endorse her work, she is an asset to the counseling field.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, substance abuse treatment & relapse prevention, adjustment disorders, stress management, grief and loss.
— Heather A. Locke, LMHC, LCDP (2017)
I highly recommend Farrell as a clinician. She maintains her clinical skills with ongoing training in areas such as motivational interviewing, EMDR, acupuncture, expressive arts. She displays a non-judgmental, empathetic countenance that encourages her clients to move toward their goals.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Farrell has a very expansive set of skills and I would not hesitate to recommend her for most clinical issues.
— Elizabeth J. Hayes, LCDP, LMHC (2017)