There is an important aspect of Creativity Counseling that I don’t always talk about- but is a cornerstone to the way I treat my clients. It is fairly new in both medicine and mental health in general, and now that I have adopted it into my treatment orientation, I am never going back. I can’t believe I didn’t always think to operate this way! It is called: Concierge Counseling.
What is Concierge Therapy or Counseling?
Concierge Counseling, aka VIP Therapy, aka Boutique Therapy- a few other popular name for the same level of care have popped up- but they all mean the same thing. They are a solution for a big problem- a problem that many of us have had before. Does this scenario ring familiar to you?
Your counselor: “You did great work today. Let’s reschedule our next meeting.”
You: “Thanks. That sounds great. How about next week?”
Your counselor: “The next available time I have is in three weeks.”
Or what about this scenario:
You (on the phone): “I’m so sorry I have to reschedule our next session- it looks like I will need to be at work unexpectedly.”
Your counselor: “That’s no problem we can reschedule.”
You: “Great- thanks for understanding. When you have available next?”
Your counselor: “Looks like....next month?”
Or even, the classic,:
You: “Great I’m excited to start. When can we schedule our first session?”
Your counselor: “I have 8am on Monday morning or 11am on Wednesday.”
You: “None of those times work for me.”
Your counselor: “Some of the other counselors at the practice may have different availability?”
Traditional Counseling Has Limitations
You get the idea. One of the biggest difficulties facing counseling today is time and availability. These problems are addressed in Concierge Therapy. Your provider (me, in this case) makes the agreement to only keep a limited, sustainable number of clients on their caseload at one time, so that you can make your appointments, week-to-week, and, reach your provider between sessions. Sound good, I think so too!
Another Benefit of Concierge Counseling
The other reason why this is so important, is benefit 2 of Concierge Counseling. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you?
You: “We’ve been meeting for awhile now, but I don’t seem to be feeling better.”
Your counselor “Well it depends on you- the more you put in, the more you get out”
Or maybe something like this:
You: “When we started, we agreed to work on (what you agreed to work on) but I haven’t made much progress on that. All we do is talk about my week.
Your counselor: Hmm. I hear what you’re saying. I wonder why that keeps happening (or something else reflective)?
Finding the right fit for your counseling is key
I am certainly not diminishing reflective therapy, or therapy spent in a beneficial way to anyone. However, what often happens in other therapy settings, is a lack a progress for the client. If a provider has committed to too many cases- for good or bad reasons, or a client has committed to a provider set up in this way, for good or bad reasons, limited progress can be made because limited resources are committed. In Concierge Counseling, the provider is committing resources that are sustainable to you, for lasting meaningful change. That means, you must be ready for and commit your time and energy and resources back to your own changes!
Realities of Concierge Counseling
The reality is Concierge Counseling will be intense. The reality is Concierge Therapy will strike the nail of your problems on the head. However, your provider will be available to support you, and you and your provider agree to really work on issues so that therapy for you can be a short, important, meaningful phase of change in your life. One that you both commit resources to for lasting change that you can take with you to move forward with into the rest of your life. It is not a crutch or a bandaid. It is support for you to take what you need, change what you need, and live better.
Does Concierge Therapy sound right for you?
I have seen lives changed with the time, energy and resources brought to the table with this model. If you are ready to change your life, this is a powerful way to do it!
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is a Creativity Coach, Creativity Counselor and Professional Artist in Sykesville, Maryland. She provides Online Creativity Counseling in Maryland and Virginia, and Online Creativity Coaching throughout the USA, Canada and the UK.
The information provided in this blog is from my own clinical experiences and training. It is intended to supplement your clinical care. Never make major life changes before consulting with your treatment team. If you are unsure of your safety or wellbeing, do not hesitate to get help immediately.