DEEPEN THE WORK
Clinical Consultation for Therapists
Whether you are an early career therapist or a seasoned clinician, you probably (hopefully!) already know the value of good consultation. The nature of our work is very insular (especially if you work in a private practice setting). If you are like me, you know the only way to truly grow in this work takes a lot of self-reflection both personally and professionally. It's can be easier and more comfortable to hide away in our offices, unseen and unchallenged but that is often the start of a precarious path.
Having a solid, reliable and sensitive consultant has been the backbone of my practice and continued satisfaction in the work that I do. It has truly been the best investment I have made in my professional life.
I have worked as a consultant for over 15 years with therapists who want to deepen the work they are doing with their clients or who are looking to grow their practice.
I specialize in depth, relational psychotherapy rooted in contemporary psychoanalytic thought.
If you are:
Feeling bored in sessions
Experiencing empathy burn-out
Giving your clients suggestions that aren't being followed
Offering copious advice
Feeling emotionally exhausted
Taking your work home with you
Stuck in difficult client dynamic
Working harder than your clients
Feeling isolated as a clincian
Someone who learns best by talking through things
Experiencing your personal life as being affected by your work
Having a hard time retaining clients when the work doesn't feel finished
Happy with your work but want to sharpen existing skills
Having difficulty with frame issues (cancellations, fees, attendance)
I can help.
Deepening the way we work can bring a fresh perspective and a renewed interest in what lies beneath the surface.
Part of what makes this work so dynamic and fruitful is that much of the unspoken and unknown is revealed in the therapeutic relationship. When we pay close attention to what is happening in the transference and countertransference communications we unearth a whole new layer of meaning to work with.
This is never boring.
Depth Relational work involves empathy of course, but more than that, taking a page from the psychoanalytic tradition, we also learn to use our minds in creative and interesting ways to help clients resolve foundational issues. It's useful for us as therapists to reflect on our own "separateness" in doing this work.
We are not empathy machines. We practice healthy separateness from the work and from the lives of the people we seek to help. That doesn't mean we don't care deeply about them. We often do.
This work is about deep exploration, containment, and emotional reeducation. In order to provide these functions, we must learn to become more comfortable with the unknown.
There is no need to chronically offer concrete suggestions or give copious advice because at the end of the day, clients come to know what is right for them.
Working within a psychoanalytically informed "frame" helps to clarify unconscious communications useful to the work. The frame also serves as a reliable "container" in which to work as freely as possible. The frame also helps us maintain useful and necessary boundaries to best serve our clients and offer our best work to them.
....a word about our relationship
As therapists, we can't truly separate who we are from the work we do.
As a clinical consultant, my job is to help you do your best work and feel good about doing it.
Consultation is highly personal and very vulnerable. I have great respect for the therapists I work with who have the courage to speak openly with me about their struggles. I strive to be worthy of your confidence each time we meet.