What is Mentorship?
What is the role of a mentor and how does it differ from my work as a therapist or consultant? This is the most commonly asked question about my services. Prospective clients may be particularly curious about this given my educational background and credentials as a therapist.
I bring all of the knowledge, skills, experience, and credentials of my background to my work with mentorship clients. Sometimes, clients come to me for help with the same needs or goals as they might address with a therapist.
My services differ from those of a therapist in the approach and type of relationship. A therapist is a clinical role that establishes a therapeutic relationship with a client. A therapist approaches a client’s needs and goals through a treatment plan and treatment interventions (i.e. a therapy modality).
Mentorship is a non-clinical role that establishes a peer-to-peer, professional relationship with an adult or teen adopted person. My approach as a mentor is to consciously and intentionally utilize my own experiences as an adopted and formerly fostered person to transfer skills, strategies, and advice to address a mentee’s core needs and challenges.
Needs and challenges I work with include, but are not limited to:
- parenting as an adoptee.
- teen adoptee – first/foster/adoptive parent boundaries and relationships.
- navigating courts and record systems.
- pursuing reunion and first family contact.
- constructing and reconstructing a self-loving adoptive identity.
- finding an adoption-competent therapist.
Cost & Fees
10% discount is applied to clients paying a full rate who plan to schedule 5 or more weekly bi-weekly sessions for on-going work.
The sliding scale is available to clients who are temporarily unemployed or under-employed or who meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The scale is based on what these identified clients can afford with an absolute minimum fee $60/hr required. The sliding scale is based on a calculation of the minimum amount needed hourly for the agency’s operating costs during operating hours to avoid deficit.