In a field that can often be isolating, a consultation group provides a opportunity to connect with peers in a unique way.
Consultation allows us to engage in essential critical reflection about our professional identity; how and why we do what we do; where we struggle; and how we can best care for ourselves as helping professionals.
Consultation can aid in creating and maintaining a healthy work-life balance and a sustainable practice that honors our own needs and boundaries while striving to provide the highest level of care for our clients.
The group will be a facilitated safe and supportive space to come together with other LMTs to: get support, feedback, and guidance; to strengthen communication skills; increase self-awareness; discuss what is rewarding and challenging about your work; and nourish yourselves with the gift of peer collaboration.
This group will explore topics related to the therapeutic relationship with clients and the wellness of the massage therapist.
Group content and process will be shaped by participant needs and preferences, but may include:
case consultations: request for feedback or guidance from the group about specific clients or scenarios you're wrestling with in the moment.
general discussion about topics many practitioners struggle with (e.g., setting and maintaining boundaries; dual relationships; managing emotions: yours or clients; countertransference; clients who make you feel uncomfortable; enforcing financial policies; etc.)
self-reflection (e.g.,noticing and exploring which types of clients or dynamics trip you up, why that might be the case, how to navigate, etc.)
practicing skills (e.g.,assertive communication and boundary setting; containing talkative clients; responding to inappropriate requests; etc.)
ethical dilemmas and utilizing an ethical decision-making process
self-care for a sustainable career and healthy work-life balance
creditionals and scope of practice
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (OR #4027). I have extensive training and experience in developing and maintaining the therapeutic relationship and teaching others how to do the same. Since 2012, I have been teaching massage therapy students about the therapeutic relationship. I also served as Dean of Students at East West College from 2010 to 2016 where I supported students individually as they moved through massage school. I currently provide continuing education to massage therapists in ethics, communication, and boundaries.
I am not a Licensed Massage Therapist. Therefore, it is outside of my scope of practice to provide guidance on issues specific to massage or bodywork techniques or to consult about client treatment planning in any way.