Attachment Center of Kansas

Helping Families Build Stronger Connections

Email and Phone Consultations are available for:

  1. Parents of current clients needing assistance and/or support between sessions. Phone or email consultation is available on an as needed basis.  
  2. Parents who do not need therapy for their child or themselves but do need some tools, feedback and/or guidance in addressing general concerns such as having a closer relationship with the child, managing the child’s behaviors/moods, helping children manage parents divorcing, etc.  A short questionnaire needs to be completed to start email or phone consultation.  Once I receive this form, I will email the parent by the next business day to start the email session or send an email with days and times available for phone consultation to set up a phone session.  Each email consultation session includes the original email from the parent and up to 3 responses from me.  Phone based consultation sessions are conducted through the parent calling the center.
  3. Parents of children with attachment/trauma based difficulties that live 2 or more hours from the Wichita and cannot attend weekly sessions.  A comprehensive evaluation must be completed before parent consultation can begin.  Weekly phone consultation sessions with parent/s and a monthly 3 hour in-person session with the parent and child are also required to participate in this program.  Parents must have a high level of commitment to learning about and implementing needed interventions to participate in this service.  This is a new service I am providing and the effectiveness is unknown at this time although it is very likely that progress will take longer than it would will weekly sessions.  Please contact the Center if you are interested in this service.

Consultation is also available for therapists working with children who have attachment and/or trauma based mental health disorders living 2 or more hours from Wichita.

Email and phone coaching are not covered by insurance. 

Consultation by email or phone is not the same experience as face-to-face therapy and may be helpful to some individuals and not to others.

Possible advantages of consultation by email or phone are:
  • You can engage in consultation even if you are home bound or live in a remote area.
  • You can send emails at anytime of the day or night.
  • You will have an automatic written record of the email consultation.
  • You can read the therapist’s email responses as often as is helpful to you.
  • You can take as much time as needed to compose your emails.
  • You do not have to travel to a therapist’s office or mental health clinic.
  • It’s possible to engage in consultation from home, work, or even while traveling.
  • Online consultation can be less intimidating with no stigma attached.

 Possible disadvantages of consultation by email or phone are:

  • The lack of body language and verbal (spoken) cues.
  • Problems associated with technology failures (i.e., power outages, crashes).
  • Risks to confidentiality due to technology.
  • Potential difficulties in verifying the identity of either party.
  • The requirement of being comfortable with computers and keyboards.
  • The fact that insurance companies generally will not pay for phone or email based consultation.

You should not consider online consultation if:

  • You have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or others – if so contact your doctor, local police, hospital or crisis center immediately.
    You have a chronic mental illness requiring intense treatment.
  • You prefer face-to-face therapy and it is available to you.
  • You are uncomfortable with computers and keyboards.

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Facts

  • Children and youth suffer more victimization than do adults in virtually every category,with the exception of homicide.  
  • Approximately 25% to 30% of all children in the US will experience a traumatic event by age 16 years.
  • In 2008, over 772,000 children experienced neglect and/or physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse with children in the age group of birth to 7 being at the highest risk.  
  • Approximately 40% of children in the general population and up to 80% of children in fostercare and adoption have an unhealthy attachment style.      
  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  29% of female rape victims in America were younger than eleven when they were raped.