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Scheduling

For standard scheduling, please use the "powered by Calendly" window just below! Simply click the type of consultation you're looking for to see options. If you've purchased a bundle, please see your bundle details or email me for info on scheduling.

About the consultant

Sam is an EMDRIA-approved EMDR consultant and REAT (registered expressive arts therapist) who works with adolescents, adults, and LGBTQIA+ folx with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. She is able to provide individual and group consultation for:
  • Institute for Creative Mindfulness Basic EMDR Training

  • EMDR certification

  • EMDR consultant in training hours

  • REAT (registered expressive art therapist) supervision hours

  • The Institute for Creative Mindfulness Advanced Studies in Dissociation program

  • And more!

You can expect Sam’s general consultation style to be thoroughly informed by expressive arts therapy, parts work/internal systems work, dissociation, attachment, and developmental trauma frameworks as well as anti-oppressive therapeutic frameworks. 

Current rates:
ICM/ICM Affiliated Basic Trainee Exclusive 2-hr Group: $40 


General 2-hr EMDR Group (open to those seeking ICM basic training hours, certification, or general guidance): $47 (On sale from $50 through March 2024)


1-hr Individual EMDR Consultation (for basic training, certification, general guidance) or expressive arts supervision: $95

 

*New starting 12/20/23: 1-hr Individual EMDR CIT Consultation (Consultant in training): $115

 

Bundles

To purchase a bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

Save with these Consultation packages!

Rates are likely to go up in the near future, so this is a great way to lock in a lower rate for your consultations

Individual Consultation Bundles for:

Basic Training, EMDR Certification, Expressive Arts Supervision, Dissociation-focused, or general guidance 

Please note, starting 12/20/23 these regular "individual consultation" bundles can no longer apply to CIT hours. Please see CIT-specific bundle just below. If you purchased a bundle before 12/20/23, you may still use it for CIT hours unless otherwise discussed. 

5 hours of individual EMDR consultation for $445 (Saves $30). These hours can be used for EMDR ICM/ICM-affiliated basic training consultation, EMDR certification, expressive arts supervision, dissociation-focused EMDR consultation, or general guidance.

Expiration: 1 yr after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise.

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

 

10 hours of individual EMDR consultation for $875 (Saves $75). These hours can be used for EMDR ICM/ICM-affiliated basic training consultation, EMDR certification, expressive arts supervision, dissociation-focused EMDR consultation, or general guidance.

Expiration: 1.5 yrs after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise.

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

20 hours of individual EMDR consultation for $1700 (Value of $1900, Saves $200). These hours can be used for EMDR ICM/ICM-affiliated basic training consultation, EMDR certification, expressive arts supervision, dissociation-focused EMDR consultation, or general guidance.

Expiration: 1.5 yrs after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise.

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

Individual Consultation Bundle for EMDR CIT (Consultant in Training) Hours

Buy 9, get one free (total of 10 individual consultation CIT hours) $1,035 (Saves $115). 

Expiration: 1 yr after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise. You may also apply credits from this bundle to EMDR basic training or certification hours, expressive arts, or dissociation-focused hours. 

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

 

General EMDR Consultation Group Bundles

Can apply to Sam's 2-hour General EMDR Consult Groups: Basics to Complex, which can be used to accrue consult hours for ICM basic training, certification, or general guidance. If you’re working on your ICM/ICM affiliated basic training hours, you can apply these groups towards those 10 hours! If you’re currently doing your basic training with a non-ICM affiliated organization, you, unfortunately, cannot use this bundle towards basic training hours. If you’re working on certification hours, you can apply these groups towards certification no matter which organization you were trained with! I generally schedule at least two 2-hour general groups per month with some exceptions around the holidays. Please reach out if you have a request for a specific timeframe (day of the week, time of the day, etc) and if demand is high enough, I will consider your request when adding groups. I update my schedule roughly 3 months ahead of time so if you do not yet see groups further out, please check back.

 

If you're working on certification hours, you'll need to fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/232076841506152

Scheduling groups with your bundle: To use your general group bundle, you can complete the booking process through the Calendly plugin on my website: https://www.mantramentalhealthllc.com/professional-consultation. Simply click the "2-hr General EMDR Consult Group: Basics to Complex" option to see available groups. Once you book, Calendly will send you an automatic "invoice" email with a link to pay for the group. If you've already purchased your group at the time of booking, you can disregard the "Invoice" email. 

5 group bundle: 10 hours of group consultation!

Group EMDR consultation bundle: (5) 2-hr groups for $210 (Saves $25)

Expiration: 1 yrs after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise.

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

8 group bundle: 16 hours of group consultation!

Group EMDR consultation bundle: (8) 2-hr groups for $330 (Saves $46)

Expiration: 1 yrs after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise.

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

10 group bundle: 20 hours of group consultation!

Group EMDR consultation bundle: (10) 2-hr groups for $400 (saves $70).

Expiration: 1.5 yrs after purchase. Limit of 1 per consultee per year unless we have explicitly discussed otherwise.

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

 

Private Group Consultation

Hours earned in a private group consultation can be applied to ICM basic training, certification hours, or general guidanceThese hours may be applied to CIT hours if all participants are CITs. There are many reasons folx may want to schedule a private group: agencies, private or group practices, and clinician or therapist peer groups may want to have a closed group together and also save money by scheduling together. It is okay for your group to be a mixture of those seeking certification, those just seeking general guidance, and those seeking ICM basic training hours. If you’re currently doing your basic training with a non-ICM affiliated organization, you, unfortunately, cannot use this bundle towards basic training hours. If you’re working on certification hours, you can apply these groups towards certification no matter which organization you were trained with! 

 

2 hr private group for up to 8 people Email me if you're interested in this option sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com

$350 

1 hr private group for up to 4 people Email me if you're interested in this option sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com

$190

Certification: All the Consultation You Need* bundle!

Twenty hours of certification-focused consultation $1050.

Please read my policies for EMDR certification before purchasing (scroll down the page to see).

 

About this bundle: it meets the consultation requirements for certification! 

The bundle includes:

  • 10 Individual 1-hour consultations 

  • 5 general groups (10 hours of group)

  • This Bundle price: $1050 (Saves $135). Use the link below to purchase.

  • This bundle has a 1.5yr expiration date unless otherwise discussed.

  • Discussing your focus and goals before purchasing this bundle may be helpful if we haven't worked together. Please email me for a brief check-in. 

  • *The "Certification: All The Consultation You Need Bundle" does not override my or EMDRIA's certification standards which may require additional consultation or training to meet certification standards. 

To purchase this bundle, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com with the type of bundle you'd like to purchase and I will send you an invoice shortly!

If you're working on certification hours with me as your primary consultant, you'll need to fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/232076841506152

Note on Basic Training Bundles: Basic training bundles were discontinued on 11/1/23 because my basic training groups are already so affordable. Hours earned with General EMDR Consultation Groups (bundle available above) can still be applied towards ICM basic training consult hours. Thus, general group bundles and general groups can still be used to accrue basic consultation training hours.

The current bundle cancellation policy is under the "Bundle Policies" section below. See additional policies regarding bundles in the specific link for the bundle you're interested in above.

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Sam Bergstein/Mantra Mental Health, LLC consultation informed consent, policies, procedures, and service agreement to EMDR consultation and/or expressive arts supervision services.

Professional Consultation and Supervision Cancellation Policy: 48 business hours

If using a bundle, please see the bundle policies below as the cancellation policy may be different when using a bundle

*Updated 11/28/23*

Please talk with Sam to discuss the need for accommodations due to chronic physical/mental health conditions, neurodivergence, disability, etc. Some exceptions may be made to these policies as accommodations if we're able to come up with a plan ahead of time. 

Note: Sam holds the right to change this cancellation policy in the future. Changes will be relayed with enough notice for you to reschedule in time. Any changes will override the policy at the time of scheduling your group or purchasing your bundle. You will receive a reminder for your consultation 5 days before your consultation with a reminder of the current cancellation policy, giving you ample time to cancel or reschedule within the cancellation window.

 

Late cancellation definition: canceling a scheduled individual or group consultation late (canceling less than 48-hour [business hours] before the scheduled consultation)

 

No-show definition: not showing up to a scheduled individual or group consultation. If you’re 15 or more minutes late to the consultation, it will be considered a no-show.

Note: for the most part, my consultation offerings require payment at the time of booking. If by chance you’ve scheduled a consultation and did not pre-pay, you will be invoiced the balance owed based on the policy below.

 

Group and individual no-shows
If you no-show a scheduled consultation, you will not be eligible to apply the fee you paid to another group or individual consultation except for in cases of major illness or crisis. Thus, the fee for a no-show is the full fee of the scheduled consult.

 

If you are 15 minutes or more late for a consultation, it will be considered a no-show. If you are 15 minutes or more late to a group, you will not be permitted to enter the Zoom meeting and it will be considered a no-show unless we have discussed accommodations beforehand.

 

Group late cancellation

The fee for canceling a group late or “no-showing” a group is the full fee of the scheduled consultation except for in cases of unforeseen major illness or crisis.

For individual late cancellations

For your first individual late cancellation only: You’ll have a 1-month time frame to complete your consultation. If you’ve signed up for an individual consultation and Sam doesn’t have availability for a 1:1 consultation within 1 month of the original consultation, you may choose to attend a group consultation instead, but you will not be refunded the difference. After your first individual late cancellation, you will be charged the full rate you paid for the consultation as a late cancellation fee. This portion of my cancellation policy does not apply to bundles. Please see the bundle policy below.

For individual late cancellation reschedules, if you cancel the replacement consultation at any time (even with 48-hour business hours notice), you will be charged the full fee for the consultation. If you happened to choose a replacement consultation that was more expensive than the originally scheduled consultation, you will be charged the fee for the more expensive of the two. If you’ve prepaid for the original consultation, you will not be eligible to apply that credit to another consultation or receive any kind of refund (thus: late cancel thethen cancel your “replacement consultation”, you will be forfeiting the full amount you paid.)

 

If you no-show the replacement consultation, you will owe the fee for BOTH the originally scheduled consultation and the full fee for the replacement consultation. If you prepaid for the original consultation, that will be applied towards this penalty and you will be invoiced for the fee of the replacement consultation.

Timely cancellations
If you cancel an individual or group consultation within the cancellation window (more than 48 business hours before the consultation), you will be given the option of applying the fee you’ve paid towards another consultation of equal or lesser value OR receive a refund.

 

Please note due to processing fees and labor, any refund will be charged a 10-dollar processing fee (which will be taken out of the amount being refunded to you- for example, if you paid 50 dollars for a group and need a refund, you will be refunded 40 dollars). You must solidify your request for a refund within 30 days of your initial cancellation correspondence or email Sam to discuss concerns. After 30 days, you will not be able to apply the fee towards rescheduling or receive a refund.

Rescheduling for timely cancellations:

For prepaid consultations canceled in a timely manner, you will be able to sign up for any group that you’re eligible to attend with room in it of equal or lesser value. If you’d like to sign up for a more expensive group, you will be invoiced to pay the difference to confirm your spot in the group. If you choose a group that does not cost as much as the original group you signed up for, you will not be given a refund for the difference. Except for in cases of major illness or crisis, if you cancel the replacement consultation less than 7 days before the replacement consultation, you will be charged the full fee for the consultation. If you’ve prepaid, you will not be eligible to apply that credit to another consultation or receive any kind of refund. Thus, the timeframe for rescheduling a consultation that you’ve already rescheduled is 7 or more days instead of the standard 48-hour business day cancellation window.

 

Your rescheduled consultation must be no more than 3 months in the future from the date of your originally scheduled consultation. You must solidify your rescheduled consultation within 30 days of your initial cancellation correspondence or email Sam to discuss scheduling concerns. After 30 days, you will not be able to apply the fee towards rescheduling or receive a refund.

 

3 or more timely cancellations within a 3 month period may result in a strict cancellation window of 7 days’ notice instead of the standard 48 business hours.

 

To reschedule:

For groups: There is a button at the bottom of your Calendly confirmation email to reschedule. Please try this route before reaching out to reschedule via email. 

For individual consultations: Please email me regarding rescheduling your individual consultation.

 

3 or more timely cancellations within a 3 month period may result in a strict cancellation window of 7 days’ notice instead of the standard 48 business hours or a requirement of scheduling consultations when we talk one-on-one (thus, you may not be allowed to use the rescheduling option through Calendly).

 

For all cases (group and individual) where rescheduling is an option:
Occasionally I increase my consultation fees.  If you scheduled a consult before a fee increase and reschedule for a time after the fee increase, you’ll need to pay the difference. (For example, if you scheduled a group at the end of October and my fee increases Nov 1, if you reschedule for after Nov 1, you’ll need to pay the difference of the new consult.)

About EMDR and Expressive Arts Consultation Services with Sam

Key Terms and Definitions
CONSULTANT

The person providing the EMDR consultation and/or Expressive Arts Supervision. For the purposes of this document, the term consultant may refer me, Sam Bergstein, the EMDRIA Approved EMDR consultant and REAT/Expressive Arts Supervisor. I am bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the consultee/supervisee/therapist. In our consultations, I will discuss general themes of a session, not personal details that would identify the client.

 

CONSULTEE

The person receiving the EMDR consultation and/or Expressive Arts supervision.

 

CONSULTANT IN TRAINING (CIT)

An EMDR Consultant in Training is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist who has completed the CIT declaration process, upholds the terms and agreements and is actively working towards becoming an Approved Consultant. The CIT is expected to work with at least five different consultees, three of whom have already completed the EMDR basic training. The CIT can provide a maximum of 15 hours of consultation to any one single consultee who is working towards EMDRIA Certification. Although Sam is an EMDRIA-approved consultant (no longer a CIT), this is an important distinction for you to know as you may be working with various consultants during your consultation journey. It is also important to know that if it is a goal of yours, it is an option to work towards becoming a CIT yourself.

EMDR BASIC TRAINING CONSULTATION

The EMDR basic training consultation hours are focused on the implementation and initial application of standard EMDR therapy and the AIP model in work with actual client cases. *To attend Sam’s basic training groups or schedule individual consultation for your basic training, you must be doing your basic training with ICM/an ICM-affiliated trainer. See ICM's website if you're unsure if your trainer falls under the ICM umbrella https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com).

 

EMDRIA CERTIFICATION CONSULTATION

The certification consultation hours are focused on demonstrating proficiency and fidelity to the standard EMDR therapy and also demonstrating an awareness of situations in which modifications to standard EMDR therapy are necessary in order to safely and effectively treat the client. Once you’ve completed your EMDRIA-approved basic training, you are free to seek consultation services from any EMDRIA-approved consultant, even if they are outside of the group that basic trained you. Thus, you are able to work with me for certification hours and beyond regardless of if you completed your basic training with ICM-see link above- or not)

CONSULTATION-OF-CONSULTATION

Consultation-of-consultation is a collaborative relationship between mental health clinicians in which a consultant provides feedback and guidance to a Consultant in Training (CIT). The feedback is focused on the CIT’s skills and ability to provide consultation to other clinicians based on material presented by the CIT, direct observation, or recorded observation. The consultation-of-consultation should be structured in format and the CIT is expected to provide examples of their ability to provide consultation to others. The CIT is expected to work with at least five different consultees, three of whom have already

completed the EMDR basic training.

 

The consultant is expected to review, evaluate and determine the readiness of the CIT as part of the process. Although co-leading consultation groups and shadowing (which is defined as being present while a consultant provides consultation) are significant and valuable for the CIT process, these activities themselves do not directly count as consultation-of-consultation hours. (In other words, consultation-of-consultation does not occur during the training event.)

 

Note: Only EMDRIA Approved Consultants can provide consultation-of-consultation to consultants in training.

 

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION

Individual consultation includes a total of two individuals, the consultant and the consultee (1:1). Individual consultation hours can be accrued in a group setting under certain conditions.

 

GROUP CONSULTATION

Group consultation includes at least two consultees in a formalized setting which is led by a consultant in a structured group format. All consultees in the group are expected to participate and be prepared to bring their own EMDR case presentation material content for discussion.

 

STANDARD EMDR THERAPY

Standard EMDR therapy means maintaining fidelity to EMDR therapy’s eight phase, three-pronged approach (Shapiro 2018)

EXPRESSIVE ARTS SUPERVISION

Expressive Arts Supervision focuses on mastering and integrating expressive arts therapy in practice. The consultant/supervisor values the integrity and independence of the consultee. The consultant/supervisor and consultee/supervisee are expected to operate within the ethical standards and scope of practice of their respective professional licenses. 

Expressive arts supervision is defined as direct contact with a supervisor for the purpose of reviewing therapeutic work either in an individual or group setting. Direct contact may be on-site or through video or audiocassettes accompanied by transcripts of sessions. A ratio of ten hours of client contact to one hour of supervision is recommended. Supervision time includes time for reviewing work and giving feedback to supervisee. Similarly to EMDR consultation, expressive arts consultation supervision does not qualify as or substitute supervision required by your state/licensing board.

 

  • ICM Certificate of Expressive Arts: this certificate is similar to EMDR basic training in that you meet the requirements to be considered a trained therapist but you do not yet achieve “certification” status. In addition to 75 education hours, the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy also requires 200 clinical hours (formally called internship by IEATA) guided by 25 hours of individual supervision, or 50 hours of group supervision, or a combination of the two (a two-hour group counts as one individual hour of supervision). Program participants must complete their supervision hours with an ICM Expressive Arts Supervisor. The 75 hours of education may sound like a lot but ICM has set this program up in a way that allows a portion of your EMDR training to possibly be applied to your Certificate of Expressive Arts. See more about the requirements here: https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/certificate- of-expressive-arts-therapy/

  • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist: the REAT status is similar to a “certification” status. Seeking your REAT credential can take a lot of time and work but (I know I’m biased), I think it’s well worth the work put in. ICM’s certificate of expressive arts provides a great basis that covers a significant portion of the educational requirement for the REAT status.

    • Per IEATA.org (the Expressive Arts credentialing body, similar to EMDR’s EMDRIA), they define a REAT as: “A Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT®) is a professional who combines multiple forms of the creative arts (drama, movement, visual arts, music, writing, etc) in counseling, psychotherapy or in other forms of interdisciplinary mental health professions to address behavioral and mental health challenges or stressors with individuals or groups. A REAT® offers a multimodal/intermodal approach or method and integrates the creative arts using more than one art form in their work with clients. These professionals received their REAT® status from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association®, indicating they met all necessary requirements, including thorough training, education and supervised experience in expressive arts therapy to ensure that clients and individuals receiving this method and approach receive safe, beneficial and high quality treatment.”

EMDR CONSULTATION Policies and Guidelines

EMDR Consultation focuses on the mastery and integration of standard EMDR therapy in practice. The consultant values the integrity and independence of the consultee. The consultant and consultee are expected to operate within the ethical standards and scope of practice of their respective professional licenses. 

 

EMDR consultation is a collaborative relationship between mental health clinicians in which the consultant reviews the consultee’s EMDR client case material and provides feedback to the consultee regarding their use of standard EMDR therapy with clients. The consultation is expected to be consultee-centered, which means the focus is on the skills and knowledge of the consultee’s use of standard EMDR therapy with clients. The consultation should be structured in format and consultees are expected to provide examples of their clinical work as part of the consultation process. This may include video recordings, audio recordings, near-verbatim transcripts, and/or EMDR case presentation forms. The consultant is expected to review and evaluate the consultee’s work as part of the consultation process.

 

EMDR CONSULTATION AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS CONSULTATION SUPERVISION ARE NOT THE SAME AS LICENSURE SUPERVISION

EMDR Consultation and Expressive Arts Consultation are not equivalent to licensure-focused supervision. Hours accrued toward EMDRIA Certification and/or Expressive Arts Therapy are not recommended to co-occur with clinical supervision (for licensure). You are responsible for the therapeutic relationship with your clients and competency in the modalities you offer.

 

Some differences between licensed focused supervision and the services I provide here are:

  • I do not provide documentation for licensing requirements or report to your licensing board (although my licensure code of ethics does hold me ethically responsible for reporting unethical behavior).

    • I do not provide dual licensure supervision and consultation, even if you’re an LSW in Ohio seeking license-specific supervision. Thus, consultation with me cannot be used for Ohio supervision hours, nor do I provide supervision services to those engaging in consultation services with me.

  • The documentation I may provide includes: providing confirmation verification of consultation hours, supportive documentation for EMDRIA certification, EMDRIA consultant applications, and expressive arts certificate and/or REAT applications.

  • As an EMDR consultant and Expressive Arts Supervisor, I do not hold liability for how you practice.

  • You (and, if you’re not independently licensed, your licensure-specific supervisor) hold responsibility/liability for decisions involving the treatment of your clients- I do not.

  • It is not my job to assure that you function within the limit of your license, state- specific laws, and/or scope of practice.

  • License-focused supervision is typically state-specific. As a consultant, I can see consultees across state and country lines.

  • Our work together in EMDR consultation and/or Expressive Arts Supervision cannot count for licensure-related supervision. 

EMDR CONSULTATION AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS CONSULTATION SUPERVISION ARE NOT THERAPY

While practicum, self-work, and experiential training and consultation may be an important part of your training and consultation process and we may explore a consultee's unique experience, interests, parts-of-self and/or dissociation, personal barriers or concerns that may impact their work as an EMDR and/or Expressive Arts therapist, EMDR consultation and Expressive Arts Supervision Consultation are also not equivalent to provision of psychotherapy services, which poses an ethical issue of dual relationship.

What the Consultee can expect from the Consultant

  1. I encourage you to seek consultation from other consultants if they have a specialty area that fits your needs. Please notify me if additional consultants are utilized for hours towards EMDRIA Certification. The guidance provided to you will be enhanced if you grant both consultants permission to speak to each other.

  2. I will document and track our time spent in consultation. I will retain documentation of our consultation together for a five-year period from the date our work together concludes. I will write a letter of recommendation or written verification if you have acquired the skills and knowledge base to be Certified and demonstrate this. If the skills and knowledge have not been demonstrated, I can provide written documentation of the time spent in consultation, the skills and knowledge acquired and the areas still needing improvement. We will discuss issues as they arise especially if you are having difficulty.

  3. I will keep abreast of current trends and changes happening with EMDR and trauma treatment. I will provide consultees with new information and accommodate your needs as long as it stays within the scope of my knowledge. I will refer you to other consultants if your needs are beyond my scope.

  4. We will schedule our individual appointments as schedules permit. The suggested frequency is 2 hours per month.

  5. I will make efforts to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. Any concerns about this, when shared with me, will be addressed with you in private.

  6. I may provide resources in and/or as a follow-up to our consultation.

 

What is expected of the Consultee

  1. You are expected to come prepared to present case material, complete with notes on that case.

  2. Do not include any information that will identify the case you are presenting on materials you share with me.

  3. You are expected to practice within the ethical guidelines of both your license and professional associations. EMDRIA states that if there is no professional association, the APA’s code of ethics will be the standard for all EMDRIA members. You are responsible for staying current on the laws and ethics applicable to them.

  4. Similarly to with clients, we are not able to have consultation while you're driving. If you're driving when joining our consultation and cannot park for our consultation, we will need to reschedule. It may be considered a late cancellation and late cancellation policies will apply.

  5. For virtual group consultations, unless otherwise discussed, it is required to keep your camera on for the entirety of the group, aside for bathroom breaks and such. Similarly to your basic training, I cannot attest to you completing these hours if you aren't present and visible in groups.

When scheduling your consultation, you will be asked various questions about your intention and needs regarding consultation. If you’re seeking certification and/or consultant status and plan to do a significant amount of consultation with me or if I need more information to best serve you, you will be asked to complete some additional paperwork and self-assessment of skills.

 

Your reason for entering consultation directs the type of consultation activities. As you develop, you may choose to change the focus of consultation. As soon as you decide to change your focus, please let me know and we will discuss the change in activities or requirements at that time.

Professional Consultation and Supervision Disclaimer

Please be advised that the information found here and provided in consultation does not guarantee a specific outcome. The information provided here, our agreement to work together, and the time spent in consultation does not guarantee a specific outcome for your clients nor does it guarantee a specific outcome or timeline or guarantee of readiness for EMDRIA certification, consultant-in-training, EMDRIA-approved consultant status, or Registered Expressive Arts Therapist status. The information here and in EMDR consultation and/or expressive arts supervision is meant for educational and informational purposes and EMDR and/or expressive arts competency and skills building based on professional experience, training, and consultation but does not claim to encompass all possible therapeutic theory, ideas, situations, or practice(s). I work to provide up-to-date and correct information but make no representations or warranties that this information is the only appropriate or correct way to work with your client(s). The information herein and discussed in consultation does not override state or federal laws. This information does not replace supervision required by your ethical and/or licensing board. Please seek a professional who is licensed or knowledgeable in providing supervision in your field of work, state, or specific workplace for specific guidance surrounding ethics, safety, and appropriate practice with your clients within your licensing, state, and workplace guidelines and requirements if you have questions around those topics. Nothing reported herein should be used as a substitute for clinical licensure supervision or the advice of competent legal counsel.

ICM (Institute for Creative Mindfulness)/ICM Affiliate EMDR Basic Training Consultation

  • You are not “fully trained” in EMDR until you complete Part 1, Part 2, and your 10 basic training consultation hours. You cannot begin certification hours until you complete these requirements. Basic training consultation hours do not count toward certification.

  • The EMDR basic training consultation hours are focused on the implementation and initial application of standard EMDR therapy and the AIP model in working with actual client cases.

  • Your training organization dictates how you need to acquire your basic training hours. I can only provide basic training hours for the Institute of Creative Mindfulness and ICM-affiliated training. By signing up for my basic training consultation hours, you’re attesting that you’re an ICM or ICM affiliate trainee. (How do I know if my trainer is an affiliate? Answer: You received the ICM training manual for your basic training. You can also reach out to your basic trainer and look on the ICM website to determine if your training falls under the ICM umbrella: www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com

 
Timeline for completing your EMDR basic training consultation hours

As of January 1, 2023, trainees have 12 months to complete both parts of the training and the required consultation hours, whether they are taking the training in person or online. If participants do not complete the required sections in this time frame specified by EMDRIA, they must complete Part I again before continuing. If you began your Part I training before January 1, 2023, the rules posted when you began your training apply to the completion deadline. If you did your training before January 1, 2023, and are unsure of when you need to finish your basic training consultation hours, please see your basic training manual, your original course information, or reach out to your basic trainer for clarification. You are encouraged to contact your basic trainer if extenuating circumstances prevented you from completing your basic training consultation hours in the required timeframe. It is out of my power to provide exceptions to requirements set forth by EMDRIA and your basic trainer.

Consultation for Certification

 

Please see the certification guidelines on EMDRIA’s website:

https://www.emdria.org/emdr-training/emdr-certification-2/

 

And frequently asked questions here: 

https://www.emdria.org/emdr-training/certification-faqs/

***Note: if you're seeking a primary consultant and are a new consultee to me or if we haven’t worked together in the past 3 years, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com to discuss your interest in using me as your primary consultant.***

 

The certification consultation hours are focused on demonstrating proficiency and fidelity to the standard EMDR therapy and awareness of situations in which modifications to standard EMDR therapy are necessary to safely and effectively treat the client.

  • You will need to demonstrate proficiency and fidelity to the standard EMDR therapy and also an awareness of situations in which modifications to standard EMDR therapy are necessary to safely and effectively treat the client. This may include reading and training outside of consultation.

  • Consultation hours and recommendation letters

    • For Institute for Creative Mindfulness affiliated basic training graduates: I require a consultee to have completed at least 8 consultation hours with me, at least 4 of those 8 being individual consultation sessions, for me to be your primary consultant for the certification process.

    • For graduates trained elsewhere (not trained with ICM or an ICM affiliate): I require a consultee to have completed at least 10 consultation hours with me, at least 5 of those 10 being individual consultation sessions, for me to be your primary consultant for the certification process.

  • For consultees using me as their primary consultant (i.e., You’d like me to be the person to write your letter of recommendation for your certification application): Examples of your clinical work are essential to the consultation process. You may need to come prepared with near-verbatim transcripts or (if you prefer) video or audio recordings of your client sessions. You will need to obtain the necessary releases from clients. The verbatim/video/audio must include your words and interventions.

  • For consultees seeking a letter of recommendation for certification not using me as their primary consultant, I require at least 2 individual consultation hours post-basic training to provide a recommendation letter (please note, EMDRIA only requires at least one recommendation for certification letter but you may wish to include letters from your non-primary consultants as well). 

    • Peer letters should be provided by colleagues "not in a supervisory role" and thus not a CIT or approved consultant you've worked with. ​

  • If I’m not going to be your primary consultant (i.e. You don’t need me to be the person to write your letter of recommendation for your certification application), the confirmation documentation you receive following our consultations via email will serve as the documentation you need to submit with your application.

  • Completing the required consultation hours for certification and consultant status doesn’t automatically guarantee that you will be prepared for certification or approved consultant status when you complete these hours. In some situations, I may require consultees to complete additional consultation hours with me or a different consultant or additional training prior to completing a recommendation for certification or consultant status for you and I reserve the right to do so.

  • If you're using me as your primary consultant and would like a letter of recommendation for your application, you'll need to complete this form: https://form.jotform.com/231707575284159

Recommendation letter for certification application

  • EMDRIA’s letter of recommendation for certification requirements are:

    • Applicant must “Provide letter(s) from one or more EMDR Consultant(s) addressing your utilization of EMDR with clients and recommending you to be certified in EMDR.”

    • Letters may include documentation of consultation hours though the consultee is still required to keep the documentation of consultation hours they received from the consultant (I typically provide a confirmation email after consultation hours are complete).

    • “Letters from EMDR Consultants-in-Training do not meet this requirement. Letters must be from an EMDR Consultant.” Thus, you must have a least one EMDRIA approved consultant

  • I require 30 days’ notice for letters for both certification and consultant applications, though it may take me less than 30 days to complete. I may require that we meet prior to completion of the letter if I’m missing gaps in knowledge of your EMDR competency and/or if I feel you may need additional consultation to be ready for certification or consultant status. You understand that if I require that we meet again due to competency needs or further skills building, you will need to pay for additional consultation hours, even if you’ve already reached your required hours for completing the application process.

  • Consultation does not substitute for foundational psychotherapy skills. Should concerns in this area become evident, I may require that these concerns be remedied prior to writing a recommendation for Certification.

EMDR Consultant in Training (CIT) consultation:

***Note: If you are a new consultee to me or if we haven’t worked together in the past 2 years, please email me at sbergstein@mantramentalhealthllc.com to discuss your interest in using me as your primary consultant for your CIT/Consultant process.***

-Purchasing a bundle or scheduling consultations with me doesn’t guarantee that I’ll be able to be your primary consultant for the CIT process, though you likely still may use the hours towards your CIT hours even if I’m not a good fit as a primary consultant for you.

  • Consultation-of-consultation is a collaborative relationship between mental health clinicians in which a consultant provides feedback and guidance to a Consultant in Training (CIT). The feedback is focused on the CIT’s skills and ability to provide consultation to other clinicians based on material presented by the CIT, direct observation, or recorded observation. The consultation-of-consultation should be structured in format and the CIT is expected to provide examples of their ability to provide consultation to others.

  • The consultant is expected to review, evaluate, and determine the readiness of the CIT as part of the process. Although co- leading consultation groups and shadowing (which is defined as being present while a consultant provides consultation) are significant and valuable for the CIT process, these activities themselves do not directly count as consultation-of-consultation hours. (In other words, consultation-of-consultation does not occur during the training event.)

  • Note: Only Approved Consultants can provide consultation-of-consultation to Consultants in Training.

  • You’ll need an EMDRIA-approved consultant to agree to be your primary consultant through the CIT process.

  • If you are seeking consultation-of-consultation toward becoming an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, I am able to provide this service. I hold the right to request that you seek CIT hours from additional consultants and also hold the right to require you seek services from another primary consultant if it is determined that we are not a good fit or if I am unable to continue to meet at the rate required for CIT's due to unforeseen life events. 

  • You (the CIT) are expected to work with at least five different consultees, three of whom have already completed the EMDR basic training.

  • Consultation-of-consultation will involve developing your forms, processes, policies + procedures, and skills as a consultant and reviewing examples of your clinical and consultation work.

  • I may expect the following in addition to consultation-of-consultation: auditing an EMDR basic training, shadowing the practicum facilitator role at an EMDR basic training, shadowing and/or co-facilitating group consultation, offering and forming a consultation group for the duration of your CIT status.

  • I require 30 days’ notice for letters for both certification and consultant applications, though it may take me less than 30 days to complete. I may require that we meet prior to completion of the letter if I’m missing gaps in knowledge of your EMDR competency and/or if I feel you may need additional consultation to be ready for certification or consultant status. You understand that if I require that we meet again due to competency needs or further skills building, you will need to pay for additional consultation hours, even if you’ve already reached your required hours for completing the application process.

  • CITs must meet with their primary consultant at least one time every two months to maintain their CIT status. If you don’t meet this requirement and we are not able to resolve the issue, I may not be able to be your primary consultant for the CIT process anymore. 

    • I require at least one individual consultation every two months to maintain your CIT status with me (thus, consultation groups may not meet this requirement unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon). ​

  • CITs must complete the CIT declaration form here: https://www.emdria.org/emdr- training/emdr-consultant-in- training/cit-declaration-form/

  • If I’m your primary consultant for your CIT process, I require that you’ve completed at least 10 individual consultations with me in the 2 years leading up to completing your CIT hours (thus if you did certification hours with me before becoming a CIT, those can count towards this 10 hour requirement).

  • You must complete at least 10 CIT hours with me, 6 of which must be individual consultation prior to writing a recommendation letter.

  • If I’m not your primary consultant for the CIT process, I require that you’ve completed at least 2 individual CIT consultation hours with me before completing the letter for EMDRIA. (It will be required for all of your CIT consultants to provide a letter at the time of your Approved Consultant Application)

  • Consultation does not substitute for foundational psychotherapy skills. Should concerns in this area become evident, I may require that these concerns be remedied prior to writing a recommendation for EMDRIA-approved consultant status

  • ​Completing the required consultation hours for certification and consultant status doesn’t automatically guarantee that you will be prepared for certification or approved consultant status when you complete these hours. In some situations, I may require consultees to complete additional consultation hours with me or a different consultant or additional training prior to completing a recommendation for certification or consultant status for you and I reserve the right to do so.

Bundle Policies

 

Bundle late cancellations/no-shows

Note: Sam holds the right to change this cancellation policy in the future. Changes will be relayed with enough notice for you to reschedule in time. Any changes will override the policy at the time of purchasing your bundle. You will receive a reminder for your consultation 5 days before your consultation with a reminder of the current cancellation policy, giving you ample time to cancel or reschedule within the cancellation window.

 

I have a 48-business-hours cancellation policy. (Monday-Friday, 8am-11pm EST, standard national/bank holidays are not considered business hours. Cancellations received on Juneteenth, MLK day, and Indigenous Peoples’ day will be honored as timely if they are sent at least 48 hours before the scheduled consult). If you cancel less than 48 business hours before the group, it will be considered a late cancellation. It is considered a "no-show" if you're 15 minutes or more late for a group or individual consultation. You will also not be permitted to enter a group if you're 15 or more minutes late without prior communication with Sam.

      

For groups AND individual consultations purchased using a bundle: In cases of late

cancellation or no-shows, you'll forfeit the entire credit that was to be used

for the scheduled/missed group in lieu of the cancellation fee.

·        Please note this is more restrictive than my standard cancellation policy.

·        Please talk with Sam to discuss the possible future need for accommodation due to chronic physical/mental health conditions, neurodivergence, disability, etc.

Scheduling individual consults purchased as a bundle:

Once you've purchased your bundle, Sam will send you a private link to schedule your first individual consultation. We will then discuss your goals, timeline, and scheduling in your first individual consultation. 

Although Sam is happy to troubleshoot scheduling issues, it's recommended to check out Sam's schedule to get an idea of what her availability looks like and if it will work for you ( BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR BUNDLE for example, I do not typically offer consultation on Saturday or Sunday thus if those are the only days that work for you, it would be difficult to get your money's worth.) Check out Sam's availability on the Calendly plug-in above in the "scheduling" section.

3 or more timely cancellations within a 3 month period may result in a strict cancellation window of 7 days’ notice instead of the standard 48 business hours or a requirement of scheduling consultations when we talk one-on-one (thus, you may not be allowed to use the rescheduling option through Calendly).

 

By purchasing a bundle, you’re agreeing to my consultation policies, cancellation policy, service agreement, and procedures on this page.

Notes on bundle consult hours for basic training, certification, and CIT hours

-Before purchasing a bundle: If you're seeking a primary consultant for certification or the CIT process and are a new consultee to me or if we haven’t worked together in the past 3 years, please email me to discuss your interest in using me as your primary consultant.

-Before purchasing a bundle, please read the info in the sections above on certification and CIT requirements.

-Although it's likely I'll be willing and able to be your primary consultant, purchasing a bundle doesn’t guarantee that I’ll be able to be your primary consultant for the Certification or CIT process. If I'm not able to be your primary consultant, you still may use the hours towards your certification or CIT hours even if I’m not a good fit as a primary consultant for you.

Purchasing a bundle and technically completing the required consultation hours for certification and consultant status doesn’t guarantee that you will be prepared for certification or approved consultant status when you complete these hours. In some situations, I may require consultees to complete additional consultation hours or training prior to completing a recommendation for certification or consultant status and reserve the right to do so.

 

Bundle Refunds
Refunds are typically not permitted. Refunds for bundles will only be permitted if there’s a mutual agreement that you’d be better served by another consultant or in the case of major life changes that prevent Sam from providing consultation. Refunds may not be requested for any reason after the bundle expires. Refunds are not available for services that have already been rendered for any reason. Any refunds for bundles will have a 10 percent processing fee. (Thus, you’ll be refunded 10 percent less than the remaining credit of the original fee you paid for the bundle in addition to any other fees such as the following.) In the case of refund for a partially used bundle, you will be held to the standard rate for the already rendered consultations, which will be taken from the remaining credit you have left for the bundle (for example: if at the time of your rendered consultation, the standard rate was $95 per consultation and your bundle is for 10 individual consultations with the rate per consultation coming to $87.50 with your bundle, you will need to pay the difference between the standard rate and the bundle rate. Thus, in this example case in addition to the 10 percent processing fee, $7.5 per already rendered consult will be deducted from your remaining credit before you're issued a refund)

Additional resources/information

Please visit EMDRIA at www.emdria.org for further information on these requirements.

Please visit ICM's website for more information about ICM, additional requirements of ICM trainees, and to find consultants with specified focuses at https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/consultation/

General info about ICM’s basic training requirements and consultation hours as well as info about moving onto certification: https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/emdr-therapy-training/

 

More from EMDRIA on training and certification is available here: https://www.emdria.org/

Certificate in advanced dissociative Studies: https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/advanced- certificate-in- dissociation/

Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy with ICM: https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/certificate-of- expressive-arts-therapy/

 

More on Registered Expressive Arts Therapy requirements: https://www.ieata.org

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