Ratings for Dr. Michael P Maniacci
The thing about this amazing counselor is that all these reviews are accurate. The positive reviews are spot on. But I understand where the negative reviewers are coming from; however, effective therapy is tough and makes you squirm because you must face all sides of an issue including the tough sides. He doesn't waste your time dancing around feelings and he gets you to the core of the problem. People who want a confidante to vent feelings wouldn't like him. But if you are willing to look in the mirror, be honest about what's bugging you or scaring you or whatever, and get to the bottom of stuff, then he's your guy. I do get the feeling that guys tend to connect w him more than girls. But that could be cuz of his demeanor. For example, the "his way or the highway" review comment below is understandable. But so what if his way is correct or at least something worth considering? - which I found to be the case most of the time! Ps when we saw him he was his staff, and he was prompt and efficient.
Unfortunately I have to side with the reviews of rude if not downright abusive on Dr. Maniaci. Although my experience was several years ago, and because I was so young and dealing with so much, perhaps my experience with him was somehow misinterpreted as rudeness or skewed in some way. Nevertheless I have to say in my experience with therapists it was not good. I felt that his treatment if me was very unprofessional if not sexually biased against women. But to this day my experience with him still reflects negatively.
Dr. Michael has been awesome for our high-achieving 17-year-old son with anxiety. While others are good, kind listeners who treat the symptoms, Dr. Michael gets right to the problem and treats it effectively. Our son agrees that he is the best.
Been to lots of psychologists/counselors and hands down the best ever. Gives you so much to think about it's the most packed 45 minutes of help ever. Mike is doing exactly what his calling should be. And it's interesting that the negative reviews include staff ratings of 2 and 3, when in fact there is not and has never been "staff" at his office. Hmmmmm.....
Mike was very rude. I happened to mention his name to an acquaintance who said that she had been to him but stopped because he had been rude to her too. He also told me after one session that I should get a divorce. This is totally unprofessional.
I have been visiting Mike off and on for over a year now. The man has an absolutely amazing ability to penetrate to the core of you and what your issue is. I like that he doesn't want to keep you in a revolving door of appointments and wants to get you on your feet as soon as you can. I have been to others, Mike is A+.
Our family has received counsel from Dr. Michael Maniacci for over 15 years during various crises or just rough patches. I too find it difficult to believe that anyone would characterize him "abusive" in any way. As for our family, he has been absolutely amazing in every way you would expect and our experience, unfortunately, involved seeing a few psychiatrists and counseling programs. But NEVER did I find with others the compassionate and competent help that we have always received from Mike!
In our family we have seen a lot of psychologists. A lot. Never has one been so helpful and especially so FAST. Mike's goal is to get you successfully OUT of his office! He doesn't rush you out but he's just so darn good as lasering your issues and getting you on the road to actually solving the problem. He helped two of my sons tremendously, and thus us parents as well - he was very direct in teaching the two of us different strategies. If you're open to change and your goal is to truly to fix the problem and not just vent, I highly, highly, highly recommend him.
I'm not sure why anyone would post a review saying Mike Maniacci is abusive: that is absurd. He is an excellent psychotherapist. I attended his sessions for about 6 months and was helped through an extremely difficult time. He offers concrete advice, not abstract principles. I would recommend him to anyone.
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