Consultation for Psychotherapists
Psychotherapy is a continually evolving field. By the very nature of the work we do for ethical practice it is important for us to routinely and regularly check in with ourselves about how we are influenced by our clients, by their life stories, by the world around us.
- Do we feel uncomfortable with a particular client? Is it difficult to listen to the person's story?
- Is it difficult to be in the room with them on some occasions?
- Are there particular clients we are especially drawn to?
An ethical practice invites us to review these questions and notice how we are being influenced; influenced both as professionals and as people. In turn, we need to explore how these influences might be informing how we are working in our offices.
Professional Consultation allows us to continue to integrate what we have learned whether we have learned it in the classroom, in conferences and workshops, by observing our clients, by observing the world or simply through introspection.
Peer Consultation is one option. If other clinicians in your vicinity are available to meet, it can provide stimulating clinical discussion, professional accountability, an opportunity to explore ethical dilemmas, discuss professional/business issues, and break the isolation that so many of us feel when running an independent practice.
Professional Consultation - What Can You Expect?
With Professional Consultation, a clinician with experience in psychotherapy or EMDR, possibly with a particular expertise (like LGBT issues, trauma, sex therapy, or addictions) provides an environment where you can explore difficulties, ask questions, verbalize insecurities and raise ethical dilemmas. This might occur on the telephone or in person, individually or in a small group.
You should expect:
What Can you Discuss?
- To be treated as a competent professional with a body of knowledge; as someone who is continuing to grow and integrate an ethical practice
- To be encouraged to explore your experience with your clients and to be encouraged through conversation to try to find your own solutions to the questions you are raising in consultation
- To be provided with pertinent information and feedback about the issues you are discussing
- To explore (and be reminded about) your strengths as a clinician, and your positive qualities as a person that also influence your clients
- Ethical dilemmas
- Clients who make you feel uncomfortable (or clients to whom you feel too attached)
- Clinical issues where you need coaching or information or education (for my areas of specialty go to FAQ)
Once you have completed Basic Training, it may be helpful to consult with an experienced EMDR clinician in order to continue to integrate your learning, to reinforce that you are correctly following the protocols, and to explore new and creative ways to use EMDR. As well, it can help to increase your confidence as you integrate EMDR into your practice.
If you are looking to become EMDRIA Certified, once you have completed Basic Training by an EMDRIA-approved training program you are required to have 20 hours of Consultation by an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant or Consultant-in-Training.
I am EMDRIA Certified in EMDR, an EMDRIA-Approved Fraser Trained Facilitator, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant in EMDR.
What Can you Explore in EMDR Consultation?
- How to choose clients for EMDR
- How to assess and prepare clients for EMDR processing
- Setting up the target properly
- When to use Resource Development and Installation (RDI) and how to use it effectively
- Ethical dilemmas
- Dealing with blocked processing
- Using Cognitive Interweaves effectively
- "Ending incomplete" and grounding your clients
As an EMDRIA Certified Therapist, I have attended Level 1 and Level 2 training (now referred to as Basic Training), plus I have met with a certain number of clients and attended consultation with a senior EMDR clinician. As well, I have attended further training in EMDR Peak Performance (with Sam Foster, one of the two creators of this approach), Generalized Anxiety Disorder with
Dr. Philippe Gauvreau, Trauma and Dissociation with Jim Knipe, the EMDRIA International Conference four times, and the EMDR Canada Conference five times.
Being an EMDRIA-Approved Fraser Trained Facilitator means that I can assist/coach/educate other therapists training in EMDR with the practicum portion of their training during their Basic training.
I am an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant in EMDR. To be considered an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant one must be an EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR, and must have met with consultees (other therapists trained in EMDR) who are integrating their EMDR learning, and have attended ’Consultation of Consultation’ with one or more EMDRIA-Approved Consultants.