I Matter Consultations
I Matter Consultations
The purpose of an I Matter consultation is to help you deepen your understanding of the I Matter Framework and associated Principles as applied to your own selected focus situation.
There are several key types of I Matter Consultations:
i) Initial Consultations - These take place early in your I Matter Journey.
They are an opportunity to think through your personal starting points and priorities using your initial registration information
ii) I Matter Study Support Consultations
These are intended to support your progress through the steps of the I Matter Journey with a focus on helping you make links between the ideas you are learning and your own experience. It is possible to have a group or 1:1 support package.
iii) Progress Review Consultations
In a progress review consultation you complete the questionnaires again and we think together about what is going well and what the stuck points may be
The outcome of an I Matter Learning Process is always twofold:
a) That you have gained an understanding of the I Matter Framework and its applications to supporting improved relationship health
b) That you have been able to use the ideas to progress an issue that is important so as relationships become happier and healthier.
The process of an I Matter Journey can sometimes involve some challenges, as relationship dynamics can themselves be complicated.
Taking part in 1:1 consultations is an important part of the process for those interested in certifying to support others.
About I Matter Practitioners
I Matter practitioners are passionate about making a real difference for professionals and parents in challenging relationship situations with children or other adults. If you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll refund your money or connect you with another practitioner at no charge.
I Matter Lead Practitioners are chosen for their experience and sensitivity in mentoring parents and professionals as they learn to apply an I Matter approach to relationships with children and other adults. The focus of a consultation will be on helping you understand the I Matter Framework as it relates to your specific situation. Our team are skilled at supporting the process of understanding I Matter principles so that participants can feel supported and more confident in finding the way forward to happier relationships
I Matter Practitioners do not offer consultations in a professional therapist's capacity. An I Matter Practitioner offers a very specific form of focused coaching with two key goals - to help you learn the I Matter Framework and to help you progress on issues involving relationship health that are important to you.
In routine calls or consultations, practitioners focus is on the individuals own role within a relationship. Practitioners can work at a distance, but are not able to work with escalated issues in relationships with young people and adults such as adult or teen drug addiction, eating disorders, significant self-harm, diagnosis of severe psychiatric disorder in children, child or adult abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and/or allegations of abuse or assault. For these issues it is vital to talk to experienced practitioners in your own locality.
In an Initial Consultation
- Complete an in depth questionnaire
- Be matched with an experienced I Matter Practitioner based on your specific needs.
- Be given time to think through the current priorities
- Work out some specific steps to take to bring healthier relationships and more fun back into key roles
Consultations Frequently Asked Questions
Will I meet in-person or talk to a practitioner over the phone?
Your consultation can take place by telephone or videoconference or face to face if the practitioner is working in your own locality. The majority of consultations are by phone, but must involve local contact and more experienced practitioners if there is any significant escalation
What happens first?
You’ll fill out a questionnaire to share the nature of your concerns, the age(s) of your child(ren), and your available times.
Who is my practitioner?
Your practitioner will be a Certified I Matter Lead Practitioner who is also an experienced parent or carer. Our practitioners have been chosen for their substantial experience in helping professionals and parents to learn to apply I Matter principles to common challenges. If you wish to consult with Cathy, be sure to select that option. If she is ‘sold out', then check back at the beginning of the next month for a slot.
Is my practitioner a licensed therapist?
Some of our practitioners are licensed therapists, but in an I Matter Consultation your practitioner will not be working as a licensed therapist. Practitioners can have other recognised qualifications in such things as teaching or, coaching. Your practitioner will work with you in a consultation as an I Matter coach, experienced in I Matter principles and practice.
How do I get started?
Consultations are offered to those who are registered for the Steps 1-2 learning journey or beyond. This is because the purpose of an I Matter Consultation is to support your learning process. Once registered you can can contact us to schedule a first consultation. We do our best to respond within 24 hours on weekdays. Once you have registered for a session and returned your questionnaire, we will aim to connect you with a practitioner whose experience matches your needs. You and the practitioner will then arrange a time to talk.
I don’t speak English–can you still work with me?
We’ll try to find a common language. We currently have practitioners fluent in English, and French.
How much does it cost?
We have a sliding scale for practitioner consultations based on their level of experience. Initial consultations follow completion of an in-depth online questionnaire which will form a basis for ensuring the consultation addresses issues that matter to you.
What is your cancellation policy?
All of our practitioners are parents and professionals who love this work and whose time is valuable. If you need to cancel please let the practitioner know 24 hours in advance, whenever possible. We understand that life happens. If the consultation is cancelled with less than 1 days notice. you will be charged £30. If a second call is missed your original fee will be forfeited and you will need to purchase additional time.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You can also pay via PayPal.
I live in a different time zone. Can you still consult with me?
Yes, we can at least try, it is possible to support parents and professionals in any time zone.
Is in-person consulting available?
If there is a practitioner who is both a good match for your family or workplace and in your proximity, then we can arrange an in-person consultation for an added fee.
What if it doesn’t work out for me?
You have our guarantee: If you aren’t completely satisfied with your consultation session, just let us know and we’ll either schedule you with a different practitioner, or refund your fee.
A different approach makes all the difference to turn things around in challenging situations - and healthier relationships are worth working for!.