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What is therapeutic treatment consulting?

This is something I didn’t even know existed until I was already doing it! Therapeutic consulting is a specialty service in which experienced clinicians help clients find the best therapeutic program for their unique needs. 

Popular in educational consulting for therapeutic schools and for substance use programs, this type of consulting relies on the unaffiliated consultant having a large network of programs (and constantly growing that network) that they visit and check in on to see what services they offer and philosophies they use. 

Therapeutic consultants assess the clients’ needs, look at resources such as insurance and location, and provide “matchmaking” for the client and program.

As an eating disorder therapeutic consultant, the professional must have an eating disorder clinical background (for me that is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist – Consultant credential, and over 10 years of work experience in the ED field), and knowledge of the types of treatments that work for different types of people and diagnosis. 

What does this look like more specifically in my business?

As your eating disorder therapeutic treatment consultant, I come with over 10 years of experience in the eating disorder treatment world as a certified eating disorders specialist registered dietitian who had had clients come from and go to many treatment programs. Additionally, I worked in outreach and business development and was able to form relationships with hundreds of providers and programs throughout the country.

Now I work with you to provide a high touch service, matching your unique needs for eating disorder treatment with providers and programs nationwide. 

When you work with me you will get:

  • A comprehensive assessment of your unique needs for eating disorder treatment including, but not limited to: your current diagnosis, your personality, special needs (like time for school or location), your insurance plan (if applicable), etc.
  • Follow-up with your current providers to get information on your case
  • A plan of action based on your initial assessment (what you need)
  • Program and/or provider recommendations
  • Going over your questions/what to expect at this level of care
  • Vetting of programs 
  • Help with organizing paperwork/pre-admissions needs 
  • Step-down (follow-up) planning
  • Education about eating disorders (whatever is needed; this is mainly for the family members)
Libby Parker, treatment consultant

Why a consultant versus asking friends for recommendations?

I will ask a lot of questions (and encourage you to!) to get a thorough understanding of you or your child. This is different than asking your friend or family member for help, as I can be an available and objective sounding board who can make expert recommendations and referrals. 

From the Therapeutic Consulting Association:

First, one of the largest money-saving items you can invest in, wherever you are in your therapeutic process, is by finding and hiring a Therapeutic [ ]Consultant. In almost all cases, the consultant’s fee will save you from spending money unnecessarily and the relationship will free you from the mental expense you experience by trying to find the best treatment on your own.

The role of a Therapeutic [ ] Consultant as your chief advocate and case manager is to navigate the current uncertainties you’re facing into a path of certainty. The right vetted professional can handle the emotional side of your situation without allowing those emotions to make unnecessary or unwise decisions that can cost families more money in a space that is already expensive enough.”

Source: https://www.therapeuticconsulting.org/blog/finding-a-therapeutic-program-for-your-child-without-the-support-of-a-professional-consultant-the-price-vs-cost-equation

Not to mention, it’s a LIFE SAVING service!

Eating disorders don’t magically “get better.” Time is of the essence, and getting the wrong treatment can actually set someone back in dangerous ways. The more times someone bounces in and out of treatment, the more likely they are to gain new disordered behaviors and medical complications. 

Do it right the first time. 

If this sounds like it would be a help to you, apply for my consulting today. I only take on 3 clients at a time, so what are you waiting for?