Are you looking for support, opinions, ideas and/or a fresh perspective on issues or concerns related to your clinical practice? Clinical Consultation may be the solution! Together you and I can explore challenges you may be encountering in the treatment you provide and we can develop strategies that may help you overcome them.
Who can get Clinical Consultation from you?
I offer Clinical Consultation to any licensed provider who is providing therapy/counseling services. I do not offer Clinical Consultation to unlicensed providers or to providers licensed to perform professional services other than therapy or counseling.
Why would I seek Clinical Consultation?
Sometimes, therapists feel stuck, or they may have specific questions about how best to proceed when a situation arises that they have not dealt with before. As an experienced peer, I can help.
Here are some of the ways I can help:
Not making the therapeutic progress you expect or maybe unsure about what to do next? I can suggest ideas about diagnostic factors that might need to be considered, ideas for therapeutic interventions you may not have yet tried, and different ways to think about the therapeutic goals.
Getting push back/resistance? Let's figure out together where that may be coming from and what might help.
Feeling frustrated, unheard, undervalued, unappreciated? Sometimes these feelings arise in the work that we do. It is the best kind of self care to figure out where they are coming from and how to address them. We can do that together!
How is Clinical Consultation different from Continuing Education?
Continuing Education offers the opportunity to stay on top of developments in the field, to learn new clinical skills and to find out about new therapeutic approaches. It is offered by experts in a particular subject area and is generally provided in a group setting. A therapist might seek Continuing Education with a question like, "How do I learn to do this particular clinical technique?" or "What are the current standards of care with respect to this diagnosis?"
Clinical Consultation is individualized and targeted to your specific questions about your specific practice. So, a therapist who seeks Clinical Consultation might have a question like, "I have tried using this therapeutic technique with my client but am not seeing the expected outcome. Why might that be?"
How is Clinical Consultation different from Supervision?
Supervision is usually a hierarchical relationship, with the more experienced colleague offering training, advice, and support but also direction. Especially in cases where the clinician is unlicensed, a supervisor, depending upon the situation and the jurisdiction, takes on responsibility for the treatment that is provided by the supervisee. For this reason, a supervisor needs to be licensed in the state in which you practice. (I do not at this time offer Supervision.)
Consultation is a collaborative discussion between colleagues. The therapist assesses the usefulness of the consultant's input, and uses it or ignores it as they see fit. The consultant has no direct authority and no clinical duty or obligation to your clients.
Can I work with you as a consultant if I am also working with a supervisor?
No. There are multiple valid pathways to good clinical outcomes for clients and there is no guarantee that your supervisor and I would be working from the same perspective. To introduce a consultant, when you are already working with a supervisor a) is redundant, and b) risks jeopardizing both the relationship between you and your supervisor and the relationship between you and your client.
What if I am not a therapist but I want to consult with you?
Please contact me at 607-379-1468, to determine whether what I offer would be a good fit with what you are looking for.
What about confidentiality?
All information is kept strictly confidential. In most cases, you would not provide enough personally identifiable information (PII) to me that I would have any knowledge of who your clients are anyway. Even if you did, I abide by the same HIPAA guidelines and regulations that apply to you as the therapist. I have never needed to talk to a third party about the work that I do as a consultant, but if that happened, I would discuss it with you.
How often would we meet?
That is totally up to you. We could arrange for regularly scheduled meetings, or you could call as needed/desired to set up a meeting.
How much does it cost?
The first consultation on your first client is free. This is a good way for us to get to know each other, to try out the process, and to determine if our therapeutic styles are a good match. Updated fee information will be provided at our first meeting if you decide you would like to continue.
(Here is a helpful article about Clinical Consultation.)
If you are interested in knowing more about Clinical Consultation, including information about working with me as your consultant, please contact me at 607-379-1468. I am happy to answer any questions!
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