Clients Consultations with Odelya
In response to ongoing requests from readers, I now offer online video consultations
Many clients and their families reach a point when they feel lost and overwhelmed. Typically this comes after they have talked with several caregivers and received differing evaluations of the symptoms they are experiencing and do not know what to do next. Feeling stuck is especially likely when clients face multiple diagnoses or complex symptoms.
Developmental and complex trauma often lies at the root of such difficulties. Inflammation and underlying infections are often contributing causes, especially in the case of children and teens who previously had no difficulties who suddenly begin to display unusual symptoms.
For such clients, targeting all aspects of wellness is essential to the success of efforts to restore mental health. Failure to do so is a common reason why many people, especially trauma survivors, are not able to improve their symptoms or maintain progress once achieved.
Aspects of wellness that need to be addressed include:
(1) Emotional – dealing with first-line emotions such as fear and anger and second-line emotions such as shame, guilt, and pain;
(2) Cognitive – the way we process thoughts, how we focus attention and retention of information;
(3) Physical – the way we manage nutrition and nourishment, sleep, movement and exercise;
(4) Spiritual –our worldview - the framework we use to find meaning and purpose in life;
(5) Social – relationships with spouses, family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.
Stress, trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD
Developmental trauma (eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) (eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions)
Adoptees and adoptive parents who experience multiple challenges
Somatic components of stress and trauma
PANDAS/PANS Neuroinflammation Challenges (ODD, OCD, ADHD, sensory integration).
Sensitive kids: ADHD, ODD, SPD, OCD, ARFID
Caregiver Stress (burnout and PTSD).
Consultations sessions are not therapy and therefore are not covered by insurance.
Options for Consultation
Design of intervention plan
Design of intervention plan to help clients create a plan for addressing issues they face. Depending on the issue this plan may be entirely self-administered or done with the assistance of other professionals such as medical doctor, a therapist, dietician, occupational therapist, physical therapist, movement instructor, etc.
A widespread failure of therapists is a short-term focus and neglect of the challenges of sustaining improvements long-term. Many individuals experience short-term improvement with a new approach to their symptoms, only to find the benefits or their ability to maintain the routines fading in a few months. An on-going series of occasional consultations can go a long ways towards addressing this problem.
Self-Regulation consultations*. Regardless of the approach used to address trauma, regulating emotions is at the heart of the challenges trauma survivors face.
*I provide self-regulation consultations only to clients who have finished the ISP consultation series
Because I understand that private sessions are not affordable for everyone, I work hard to research and write informative blogs that are available to everyone. I also make a point to respond to everyone who writes to me,
as soon as I can.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
”You seem to have a deeper understanding of the issues caused by trauma and a greater appreciation of the challenges posed by these issues [than my previous therapists]. When I came to you I had finally reached a point where I understood that I need to take care of myself, but I was somewhat at a loss as to what that really looks like. Through your work with me it is almost as if you revealed a pathway of stepping stones, one that leads me back to myself, the self from which I have been disconnected for so long and can now hope to reach again. Now I understand what is meant by a “toolbox” and I can value and use the skills I acquired over the years.”
S. United States