November 1, 2009

Why I Offer a Free Consultation

When a parent contacts me concerning my counseling or consulting services one of the first questions they ask me is, "How much do you charge?" When they hear I offer a free initial consultation they are often surprised. Once they hear why it's free they're usually interested in scheduling an appointment as they have nothing to lose but something to gain.

It's a courageous parent who consults with a therapist. The parent-therapist relationship is the foundation for effective child therapy and parents deserve an opportunity to meet me, ask questions and learn more about my approach to working with children and families. Spending an hour with me will give them a chance to decide if I am someone they would feel comfortable working with.

I use the consultation as an opportunity to support the parents in whatever challenges their family is currently facing. I emphasize setting goals and working with me collaboratively to achieve them. I want parents to leave the consultation feeling empowered to move forward positively with me as a part of their team. If at the end of the consultation I sense that therapy may not be what your family currently needs I can refer you to the appropriate community resources.

If you're a parent who is feeling stressed or overwhelmed you may benefit from a consultation. I have a flexible schedule to accommodate your busy life. Call me at 314-681-8272 to schedule a free consultation. I look forward to meeting you.

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