Getting a consultation from a skilled mental health professional can be an extremely valuable thing to do – it can ease your mind, help guide you in the right direction and provide resources. So, what is a consultation and how is it different than counseling?
Consultation services are a preventative and proactive approach to getting some guidance and support during a life transition or in daily living. Consultation is for the benefit of helping a client find some answers, advice, guidance and/or resources for their particular concerns. It is short-term (2 sessions) and can be supplemented with phone sessions to continue the support. It is not meant to be psychotherapy in that it is truly just to receive some guidance and assessment about what might help the client’s situation.
A consultation provides a safe place to talk with a mental health professional about conerns regarding yourself, your partner or your children without the need to commit to on-going psychotherapy, assuming it’s not indicated. It allows a client to explore some worries and to make decisions or changes in their lives to move in the direction of wellness and confidence.