- Standing appointments are available for mental health professionals seeking ongoing consultation.
- Consultation groups can be organized for groups of 3 to 5 clinicians.
Our patients recreate problematic relationship patterns with us in the therapy relationship. Our unavoidable participation in these patterns provides a crucial window into our patients’ difficulties.
Our unexpected participation in problematic relational patterns necessarily stirs up difficult feelings for us. It is not a question of if we experience difficult feelings but whether or not we use them constructively, as a source of understanding. Parallel feelings and patterns may emerge in clinical consultation (the phenomenon of “parallel process”), often providing rich insights into clinical dilemmas.
Because clinical consultation is most helpful when therapists speak openly and freely, I work to foster the mutual trust and respect necessary for open communication. In theoretical terms, I try to provide a frame that facilitates exploration of transference, countertransference, enactments, and parallel process.
Consultation sessions typically move fluidly between discussion of process, theory, and practical clinical guidance. I draw on multiple theoretical models according to their relevance to the patient. One theoretical lens does not fit all.