Alan Javurek, PhD
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
Consulting for Psychotherapists
One of the areas of my professional life which I find very rewarding is consultation with other therapists.
Consultation is not quite supervision, nor is it therapy. Rather, I think of it as a collaborative exploration which focuses on the therapist's approach to the patient. In that regard, a consultant can facilitate a confidential, nonjudgmental and open discussion of the difficulties and successes a therapist is having with their patient. As a consultant, my focus is on helping therapists to open up emotional blocks and therapeutic impasses that inevitably come up in the patient-therapist relationship. We can then discuss how they would like to proceed given some new ideas and the possibilities they present.
One special area of consultation has developed from both my private practice and my work in an out-patient chemical dependency program. The effects of addiction frequently block whatever other therapeutic goals a therapist and patient may have. Addiction can require collaboration with chemical dependency treatment programs as well as self-help resources. This can add additional challenges to treatment and therapists have found it useful to talk about their options and reactions to these added complications.