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Professional Consultation with Sam Bergstein MA, MSW, LISW-S, REAT
Scheduling, bundles, resources, and policies

Scheduling

For standard scheduling, please use the window below! 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. See her directory listing for more about her background and expertise! https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/directory/sam-bergstein/

Bundles

Save with these Consultation packages!

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

Individual Consultation Bundles

Individual EMDR consultation bundle: 5hrs for $400

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Individual EMDR consultation bundle: 10hrs for $750

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Basic Training Bundles

These bundles only apply to Sam’s ICM basic training groups (you must be doing your training through ICM or an ICM affiliated training organization https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/)

6 hours of basic training group consultation!

This basic training group consultation bundle consists of: (3) 2-hr BASIC TRAINING groups for $105.00 (saves $15 based on Sam's current basic training group rate of $40/2hr group).

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10 hours of basic training group consultation!

Get all of your ICM basic training hours here! This basic training group consultation bundle consists of: (5) 2-hr BASIC TRAINING groups (10 hours of basic training group total) for $180.00 (saves $20 based on Sam's current basic training group rate of $40/2hr basic training group)

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10 hours of basic training consultation! Individual and group combo!

(3) 2-hr BASIC TRAINING groups (6 hours of group) and 4 hours of individual consultation for $400.00

(saves $60 based on Sam's current basic training group rate of $40/2hr group and individual rate of $85/1hr).

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General Group Consultation Bundles


Can apply to ICM basic training hours as well as certification 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!

 

6 hours of group consultation!

Group EMDR consultation bundle:  (3) 2-hr groups for $140 (saves $10 based on Sam's current standard group rate of $50/2hr group)

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10 hours of group consultation!

Group EMDR consultation bundle: (5) 2-hr groups for $200 (saves $50 based on Sam's current standard group rate of $50/2hr group)

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20 hours of group consultation!

Group EMDR consultation bundle: (10) 2-hr groups for $425. (saves $75 based on Sam's current standard group rate of $50/2hr group) 

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Group and Individual Combo Bundles

6 hours of consultation!

Group/individual consultation combo bundle: (2) 2-hr groups and (2) 1-hr individual consultations $240. Saves $30 based on Sam's current group rate ($50) and current individual rate ($85)

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5 hours of consultation!

Group/individual consultation combo bundle: (2) 2-hr groups and (1) 1-hr individual consultations $165. Saves $20 based on Sam's current group rate ($50) and current individual rate ($85)

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–Coming soon- Certification deluxe!

20 hours of certification consultation. Please email me if you're interested in this bundle

 

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Resources and Policies

About EMDR and Expressive Arts 
ConsultationServices


Please see the bottom of this page for the full consultation agreement, policies, and information document

EMDR CONSULTATION

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.

 

EXPRESSIVE ARTS SUPERVISION
Expressive Arts Supervision focuses on the mastery and integration of 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. 

What the Consultee can expect of 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 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, then the APA’s code of ethics will be the standard for all EMDRIA members. It is your responsibility to stay current on both the laws and ethics applicable to them.

 

EMDR Basic Training Consultation

  • You are not “fully trained” in EMDR until you’ve completed 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’m only able to provide basic training hours for the Institute of Creative Mindfulness and ICM-affiliated trainings. 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 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 are required to complete Part I again before continuing. If you began your Part I training before January 1, 2023, the rules that were posted at the time 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 there are extenuating circumstances that 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.

EMDR 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.

  • 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 in order 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

 
For CIT Consultation hours:
Please see the Consultation Policies, Procedures, and Agreement at the bottom of this page for more info on working with me as a CIT!

Consultation 24-hr cancellation policy

Late cancellation definition: canceling a scheduled individual or group consultation late (canceling less than 24 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.

 

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 major illness or crisis.

For your first group late cancellation only: if you’re able to get into another group of equal or lesser value within 1 month of the original group, you can choose another group to replace the originally scheduled group. You may choose a more expensive group option but you will be invoiced the difference to confirm your spot in the group. You MUST email Sam to pursue this option. Sam reserves the right to offer specific group options and/or exclude specific groups dates from the rescheduling options depending on demand or limited capacity in the group. You will not be refunded any amount if you choose a group of lesser value than the original. You may have the option of scheduling an individual consultation with Sam within the same 1-month timeframe (*if Sam’s availability allows). You will be required to pay the difference between the group and individual fees to confirm the new consultation. If you’re not able to attend a different group and Sam is not able to accommodate an individual consultation in lieu of a group within the 1-month time-frame, no refund will be given (thus: if you late cancel a group and there is no availability to apply your fee to another group or 1:1 consultation, you will lose the original amount of the group). 

If you cancel the replacement consultation at any time (even with 24 hours or more notice), you will be charged the full fee for the consultation. If you chose 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 then 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 original group and the replacement group. If you prepaid for the original group, that will be applied towards this penalty and you will be invoiced for the fee of the replacement group.

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. If you cancel the replacement consultation at any time (even with 24 hours or more 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 then 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.

 

For all individual late cancellations after your first individual late cancellation: The fee for late canceling an individual consult is the full fee of the scheduled consultation except for in cases of major illness or crisis.

Timely cancellations:
If you cancel an individual or group consultation within the cancellation window (more than 24 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).

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 24-hour cancellation window.

 

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.)

Forms and resources

Click the text above to download. You will be asked to attest to your agreement to this document when you sign up for consultation hours. 

Click the above text to download. Please use this document to prepare cases for consultation.

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