Therapist Outfitters was established in 2004 to help to assist counselors, therapists, psychologists, and social workers to adapt and succeed in the changing world of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Our staff has extensive experience in direct clinical treatment as well as mental health and substance abuse agency administration.
Over the years, we have presented numerous workshops for treatment providers on effective counseling techniques for self-referred clients and tools for working with court-referred clients. We analyze changes in the new world of counseling and develop protocols to help the new or experienced practitioner avoid clinical pitfalls and to earn a good living. We offer advice and specific plans to recruit psychotherapy clients and make them stay. We provide phone and on-site consultation for therapists on establishing and revamping agencies as well as developing treatment plans for a variety of clients. We offer books and white papers on adapting traditional therapeutic skills to new treatment modalities. We keep our fees affordable in these tough economic times.
Our staff has identified three crucial threats/opportunities for the successful counselor today.
- In the past, self-referred clients often attended therapy for many years “to get fixed.” Now they see a counselor like they visit a physician—when something goes wrong. They may resolve an issue after a few weeks and then reappear after a year or two when they run into another obstacle in their lives. We have developed a manual which includes ten highly-effective strategies for identifying and attracting clients for your therapy practice.
- Today, many clients—perhaps even half—are referred from the courts for intervention after a conviction for domestic violence or substance abuse. Treatment for court-referred clients is different from our usual clients: an emphasis on challenge rather than alliance, on group rather than individual therapy, on sharing information with the courts rather than observing absolute confidentiality, on counselor disclosure to role-model honesty and accountability rather than therapeutic detachment. Our book, Restorative Treatment for Drug Court and Domestic Violence Clients, explains how to develop and maintain a successful practice with these surprisingly amenable clients.
- The role of therapist has changed in this time of unemployment and uncertainty. People don’t make counseling a priority when they’re behind with their mortgage, and that means we may have trouble with our mortgages. It’s all too easy to sit and watch our client numbers drop and our incomes plummet. In spite of this difficult environment, you don’t have to struggle. We have developed winning strategies to keep a steady stream of paying clients to your mental health or substance abuse agency.
The model for our business is that like that of the new client. We’ll help you start or restart your practice. You can contact us when you want someone to lend a hand. Take what you need when you need it. Therapist Outfitters is here is to support you. We’ll help you to succeed in this complex but rewarding new world of counseling.
About The Founder
Charlie Donaldson, MA LLP CAAC, is director and lead therapist at Therapist-Outfitters.com. He has worked as a therapist since 1992, founding West Shore Counseling Services in 1997 and co-founding The Men’s Resource Center in 1999. He has worked with court-mandated and self-referred clients at both agencies. Charlie is currently the director of The Men’s Counseling Center of Northern Michigan.
A former college professor, Charlie’s personal mission includes the education of other therapists. He has co-led workshops for professionals on Counseling Men and The Psychology of Men Who Abuse Women. He has authored several books available from this website including Restorative Treatment for Drug Court and Domestic Violence Clients and Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse. He has also initiated the Smart and Effective Series which includes a manual and worksheets for facilitating groups for abusive men. In his presentations, books, and supervision of other therapists, Charlie provides a framework for professionals to create an alliance which allows for constructive confrontation.
In addition to his clinical work and writing projects, Charlie is active in community organizations. He has been a member of the planning and implementation teams for the 58th District Court Sobriety Drug Court. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic Violence and the Ottawa County Community Corrections Board of Directors, and he was instrumental in forming the Batterer Intervention Service Coalition of Michigan. He frequently speaks at events such as the annual Take Back the Night March and memorial services for women and children who have died as a result of domestic violence.
As an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work, Grand Valley State University, Charlie supervises interns in his practice at the Men’s Resource Center, specializing in working with male interns focusing on men’s issues. In working with clients and giving workshops, he draws on insights he has gained as a member of a men’s support group that has met continuously for 20 years. One of Charlie’s current projects is the creation of a retreat center for men on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.
Charlie has a Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and English and is credentialed as a Limited Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Addictions Counselor I.