Dee-Dee Stout Consulting is focused on 3 areas:    

As someone who has studied behavior & change (including addictions, other mental illnesses, and more) for nearly 30 years with some of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, I know that Change is usually harder than we expect or plan for so getting a bit of help can make a positive difference. As a Coach & Counselor, my job is to partner with you to help you make the changes you want. In other words, I am always looking to work myself out of a job with each client-consumer I see (strange, huh?).  I have no desire to have you dependent on me or my services for any longer than you need.  Therefore, as each person is uniquely individual, we will work together to first develop a plan that fits your needs, financial situation, time, and other personal requirements.  Change is indeed hard work but it need not only be difficult:  it should also be exciting, full of possibility, and fun!  

Seeking help is a challenging task.  Where do you start?  How do you know if someone is a 'good fit?'  How do I know if this person is effective?  Great questions!  And here are my answers and a bit about why I believe I am different from many other practitioners:  

1)  Where should I start?    

I suggest you begin by looking at someone's website for more information.  What are their credentials?  How do they work with people?  What is their perspective on change?  Does it fit with your own ideas of how change happens for you?  Meet with them  - and interview more than one practitioner.  What does your gut say about each person?   

2) How do you know if someone is a 'good fit?'    

Fit, or rapport as professionals tend to define this, is probably more important than any other characteristic.  This fit can lead to you being more successful in making change in your life...and besides, you'll likely be spending several hours with this person so you'll probably want to feel comfortable with them.  Gauging this fit can be done on the phone though many folks still prefer a face-to-face meeting.  Ask if the practitioner offers a free brief consultation so that you may meet with them before deciding to commit.  And listen to your gut.

3)  How do I know this person is effective at least some of the time?  

One of the things I use to help us decide if I'm helping is the evidence-based instrument (called PCOMS on the NREPP website) also known as FIT:  Feedback-Informed Treatment.  This is a very brief scale of 2 items:  1) how your week went in 4 global areas and 2) scoring how well I did in our session(s) in 4 global areas.  So we're constantly checking in, making sure we're talking about things that are important to you, and that you're feeling better most of the time.  If I'm going to be the right practitioner for you, I also know that you will begin to make change within 2-3 sessions (using FIT for the past 15 years has taught me my numbers).  And if that doesn't happen, it simply means I'm not the best FIT.  So we'll work to find you a better fit.  My goal is simple:  to help you get the life you want!  Whomever can help you accomplish that goal is the right 'fit' for you.  Finally, see if the practitioner has comments from previous clients or perhaps they have been evaluated by an outside source.  If possible, ask for a reference from them,  someone you can contact to talk about their experience with this practitioner.