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  • Case Consultation for Therapists:

  • In most other fields of endeavor, (teaching, medicine, construction), people work collaboratively. In private practice, it can be very helpful from time to time to have a trusted colleague to think with you about the goals for the therapy, the stuck points, and what may be getting in the way.

  • Some of the ways I have been helpful to people in the past include: how to read the content of a session to understand how the client may be feeling, but not able to articulate.  What is getting in the way in the relationship between the two of you?

  • I am highly skilled at helping people who are struggling with an addiction to decide what they need to do about it to move back into alignment with their own personal integrity. Facing shame is often a huge obstacle for people in acknowledging how powerful a dependency has become.  Sometimes, people need to develop parts of themselves that can contain the addict within, before they are actually able to progress to the point where a cessation attempt can be sustained over time. Generally, people suffering from addictive behaviors are deceptive to others because they are trying not to acknowledge the truth to themselves. Counselors walk a narrow path between colluding with a clientís denial, by not asking about the problematic substance use often enough, and, pushing too hard, forcing the client into a shame spiral which can be detrimental to the therapy relationship. When people are engaged in self-destructive behaviors, it can be difficult sometimes to just be a container and let the client make the changes.

  • Crisis Management:

    How to be there in a way that is truly helpful to the client who is in crisis.  What level of availability is required from you?  How to organize a support team, as needed, so that you donít feel burdened by the responsibility we all carry for those who are fragile and dependent on us in profound ways.

  • Fees:  
    I usually charge therapists whatever your average hourly client fee is, for the consultation. There are two ways to structure the interaction between us: (1) talking about the case with you; (2) using process notes as a tool to read unconscious content being provided by what is talked about and by your reaction to the material.













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