Arranging a Consultation with Dr. Simon
I get hundreds of requests for consultative advice every year. And it’s always a pleasure to learn how folks were able to use such advice to put the principles I advocate in my books and other writings into practice and better empower themselves. So I’m happy to provide some information on the types of consultations I engage in and their parameters:
Collateral Case Consultations
Providing therapeutic guidance to individuals with significant disturbances of character is both a difficult and a highly specialized endeavor. It’s also often a challenge to provide the right kind of support to someone who’s been the victim of a character disturbed individual’s behavior. Many therapists, especially those trained and experienced primarily in traditional approaches, lack the specialized skills to deal with these kinds of issues effectively. And I get more requests every single day from folks looking for a therapist “who gets it” than any other kind of request. Toward that end, with both the treating professional’s and their clients’ permission, I offer collateral case consultation, assisting therapists in diagnosis, assessment, and most especially, intervention planning. The consultations occur on a mutually agreed upon schedule. And while the consultation itself is not a direct therapeutic service that can be billed to insurance by the client, it can often be coded by the therapist as an ancillary service and may be subject to third-party reimbursement. Collateral case consultations can be conducted via regular mail, email exchange or chat, telephone, Face Time, or Skype.
For a variety of important reasons, it’s not possible for me to either adequately assess or provide fair, direct advice specific to anyone’s particular circumstances from a distance. But I do offer scope and time-limited consultations designed to maximally empower individuals by helping them both better understand themselves and better understand and deal effectively with the character-impaired people in their lives. The consultations focus on expanding upon and/or clarifying the principles I advocate in my 3 books and numerous other writings, and provide helpful illustrations about how to put those principles into action. The consultations are neither meant to be construed as therapy nor are they meant to supplant therapy. As such, they are not billable to insurance. The initial consultation is time-limited to a maximum of two hours and there is a possibility of a one-time follow up (one-hour maximum) at 4-6 months. Maximum effective use of the consultation time is facilitated by good familiarity with my books and other writings and the submission of via email in advance of the specific issues/questions that need to be addressed. Payment for the consultations can be made via PayPal and credit card. Individual consultations can be conducted via email exchange or chat, telephone, Skype or Face Time. To arrange a consultation, click on the Contact Dr. Simon feature on the Contact page of the blog.
Customized Special Consultations
I consult with businesses, schools, special interest groups, churches, pastoral counselors, etc. on matters pertaining to character development and dealing with character disturbances. If your group or organization is in need of information, training, or consultative services, a customized plan can be developed to address your concerns. Use the “Contact Dr. Simon” feature on this site (i.e. the “contact” button on the homepage header and/or the form on the contact page) to send a message outlining your needs via email. I generally reply within 7 days. But it can take me a bit longer to get back with you if I’ve been on speaking tour or have an unusually full email box.