This private Meetup group is intended for licensed mental health professionals (primarily in the DE, PA, and NJ areas but open to others) who would like to expand their professional associations and contacts. My motivation to create this group is personal. I am an LMFT, and I relocated to Wilmington, DE, in 2019. Coming from outside the area, I knew virtually no other counselors or therapists in the area, nor did I know how to meet or connect with them. This group may be especially helpful for those of us who work in private practice by ourselves, but I hope those who work in a clinic or group practice setting might also still find the group useful.
These are some of my initial ideas about this group and what purposes this group may serve:
Peer-to-Peer Case Consultations: We all have those cases that we find challenging and can end up “chewing on” after the session has ended—or dreading before they even begin. This will provide a forum to talk about them and it is hoped receive helpful, constructive feedback, observations, and tips. These case meetings will be conducted periodically via scheduled Zoom meetings. (These will not constitute “supervision” that is required for licensure.)
Resources: This is a forum where professionals can both advertise services that we offer (e.g., different types of therapy groups or specialties) and also can ask others in the group if they know of someone who offers a certain kind of group or has a particular kind of specialty.
Referrals: I intend for this group to provide a place to get suggestions on appropriate referrals. Even if there is no one in the group who might be appropriate for a client referral, it is very possible that a member of this group may know of someone to whom a potential client could be referred.
Other Types of Resources and Support: This group might help you with: 1) Have you been thinking about starting a group or a project and would like to find another practitioner who might share a similar inclination and with whom you might collaborate? 2) Do you have office space to rent or are you looking for an office to rent? 3) Do you have issues or questions about being an in-network insurance provider? Are you thinking about either becoming in-network for insurance or maybe thinking about stopping taking insurance? This might be the forum where you can find others who have faced similar choices and who can provide counsel and advice. 4) Have you been thinking about changing your therapeutic approach, e.g., Internal Family System, Attachment, EFT, etc., and would like to find other practitioners who are either thinking about that same move or maybe are already utilizing that approach? Perhaps you might also find an appropriate collaborator or a supervisor here. 5) Are there any other professionally related topics, concerns, or gripes that you would like to air or possibly sort through with other mental health professionals?
Initially I am paying the Meetup fee to create this group and will not be charging any fees for others to join the group. That policy could change in the future, but I anticipate if there are future fees that they would be nominal.
The questions that will be asked for potential members to join this group are intended to provide information so that it will be easier for all of us to identify and connect with appropriate colleagues. The information will not be given out, distributed, or shared by me and is only intended for dissemination within this private group.