As therapists, we tend to suffer from professional isolation. Consultation is a great way to add skills to your therapeutic repertoire and ease isolation. As a therapist in practice for over 35 years, I offer to other therapists my experience and training, along with tips, experiments, and skills I have learned.
During the 10 years I have been offering Professional Consultation, I have found it particularly useful for counter transference, burnout, and support.
Why does that one client really bug you? What makes it difficult to challenge certain issues with clients? We all face these kinds of issues. Our “stuff” comes into the room with our clients, making it difficult to discern whose stuff is whose. Consultation is a safe place to explore your counter transference. I believe transference is a meaningful, important part of the work we do. It informs us about our blind spots, so we can better see our clients and ourselves.
Burnout in the helping professions is very common. We teach our clients about self-care and boundaries and offer support, but we often neglect to give that support to ourselves. Consultation can be a reprieve from giving. It can be a way for you to receive care and compassion. It is an opportunity to remember your boundaries and reclaim your self-care.
Professional and Personal Support
Sometimes we need a place to unload the burden of our work. But even more importantly, we need a safe place to process our own lives, attending to when personal struggles make listening difficult. I strive to develop a sense of safety so that you can share candidly and openly.