Does anyone else feel that time flies by so quickly sometimes that you suddenly realize it's been months since you've last worked on a project you're so passionate about? That's the case with the Food Allergy Counselor website blog. Therefore, it's about time for an update!
What's New With the FAC WEbsite?
New resources will continue to be added to the Food Allergy Mental Health resource section, so check back often! Additionally, Tamara is still hard at work looking for and networking with other allergy-informed licensed clinical counseling professionals to add to the Food Allergy Counselor Directory. (If you know of, or are an allergy-informed clinical counseling provider, please reach out to Tamara via the contact page).
What's new With Tamara Hubbard, MA, LCPC?
New Private Practice: After working in group private practices for the past nine years of her career, Tamara decided it was time to branch out on her own. Therefore, she opened her own private practice in this Chicagoland suburbs in August! In addition to supporting those managing food allergies and other allergic conditions, Tamara also focuses on women's issues, young adults, life transitions, and topics relating to motherhood.
You can learn more about Tamara Hubbard, MA, LCPC and her counseling and consulting services via her website, www.TamaraHubbardLCPC.com.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements: Tamara will be attending and speaking at multiple upcoming food allergy-related conferences. Will she see you there, too?
Share your feedback!
The Food Allergy Counselor website is a resource website for members of the food allergy community and their loved ones, healthcare professionals, and anyone looking to learn more about the psychosocial impacts of life with food allergies.
Please feel free to share feedback about what you find useful on this website, as well as what you'd like to see or read more about. Help Tamara help YOU!
You realize your anxiety levels are rising to a level that impacts your daily life, and nothing you're doing seems to be helping.
An anaphylactic reaction occurs, and now you can't stop worrying about the possibility of another reaction.
Your child starts exhibiting excessive checking or safety behaviors, such as repetitive label-reading, not wanting to touch surfaces, or not eating foods outside of the house due to their worries.
These are just a few of the many reasons why those managing food allergies might decide to seek support from a licensed clinical counseling professional. No matter why you've decided you're ready for counseling, you'll need to look for a provider to work with, preferably one that understand food allergies or allergic conditions.
However, that's not always an easy task. Therefore, here are helpful tips to aid you in finding a licensed clinical counseling provider to help you when you need it most.
How to Locate a provider
Besides the Food Allergy Counselor Directory, there's not an easy way to find an allergy-knowledgeable counseling provider. With this in mind, below are other avenues that might help in locating providers who can support the psychosocial needs of those managing allergies:
Counseling Provider Criteria
Here's additional provider criteria to consider when evaluating counseling professionals that don't state they focus on food allergies or allergic conditions:
I've located a provider - now what?
Let's say you've located a provider online or through another avenue. Now what? Most counseling providers will offer a brief free consultation phone call so you can ask them questions and they can share more details about their services.
When you call the provider, here are a sample of questions you might ask to assess whether they're a good fit for your counseling goals:
If after that initial call, you don't feel that the provider is a good fit, it's absolutely okay to call others. Counseling is as much about the therapeutic alliance and relationship as it is about theory and therapy modalities that are used.
Hopefully the aforementioned tips are useful in helping you successfully locate a counseling professional that will provide the support you need. I'll conclude by sharing a few additional thoughts to keep in mind:
Written by: Tamara Hubbard, LCPC
Tamara is a licensed clinical professional counselor & family therapist in the Chicagoland area. She provides general counseling and food allergy-specific counseling to individuals and families. Tamara is a member of the American Counseling Association, and an Allied Health Professional member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Learn more about Tamara Hubbard, LCPC, her training, and her counseling/consulting services at www.TamaraHubbardLCPC.com
Lori Moussapour, MA, LMSW
1. What is your clinical background?
Social Work; Parenting, Social and Emotional Literacy, Food Allergies, Relationships
2. What state do you practice in?
3. Why did you choose to work with clients managing food allergies?
As a parent of a child with food allergies, I understand the journey and its inherent challenges. I offer compassionate and informed services to individuals, parents and families who find themselves challenged or limited because of food allergies. I care deeply about empowering clients with food allergies to harness the protective elements of vigilance while mediating the harmful outcomes of prolonged and pervasive anxiety.
4. What's one piece of advice or favorite counseling/mental health-related resource to share with clients?
I find it very rewarding to help clients identify the possibility of beautiful and positive outcomes of living with food allergies. While I wouldn't wish a food allergy on anyone, I so admire and respect the many qualities that often evolve in our children. Our kids are more often than not more compassionate, self-regulated and have the ability to do "their own thing" despite what the crowd is doing. I love helping, for instance, parents of young ones see how these characteristics will be valued assets in short time!!!
[Lori Moussapour, MA, LMSW is listed in the Food Allergy Counselor Directory. You can find more information about her services, or locate other food allergy-knowledgeable licensed behavioral healthcare providers there.]
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