Often I can help children, never needing to meet with them directly. I provide consultation to parents on ways that they can help their children. Though I do have many ideas about what can help children, I don't see myself as the person with the answers. Parents know their children so much better than I do. Instead, I value the conversation I can have with parents. When parents feel overwhelmed with their children's difficulties it can be very useful to feel that there is someone else "in it" with them. Having a place where is is safe for a parent to express his/her emotions about a child can be very valuable. I find that together we are able to come up with creative solutions.
Consultation for Professionals
I have more than 20 years experience in the field and have supervised numerous trainees at different programs and provided consultation to licensed mental health professionals. I believe that ongoing consultation is crucial for any clinician. There is no need to go it alone. Strict confidentiality is upheld when discussing patients. A consultant on the outside may be able to see what someone inside the therapeutic couple cannot. I bring the full range of my experience to a consultee and greatly enjoy offering my help in this way.