contact is best. Dr. Garber can
respond to email more efficiently than phone
calls. Email creates a written record that
may be useful later. Reach Dr. Garber at bdgarberphd@FamilyLawConsulting.org.
2. The purpose
of our first contact is to CLARIFY THE
ROLE that you're considering asking Dr.
Garber to fill, whether he's available to serve in
that role, and details associated with that
service (e.g., cost, timing). This page describes
some of the distinct roles that Dr. Garber serves
3. PLEASE DO NOT TELL YOUR
STORY, share your history, or express your
concerns in your first communication. Dr. Garber
must make every effort to remain impartial if he
is to serve in certain roles. If its appropriate
for Dr. Garber to hear your story, that time will
be arranged as soon as possible.
In the ideal, your first communication with Dr.
Garber should be brief and concise. Identify the
role you're seeking to fill, the relevant timing,
and inquire about practical details. Copy the
other adults involved if possible. As examples:
therapy for a child:]
"I am a 35
year old father of two looking for a
therapist for my 12 year old son. I've
copying his mother on this note. Can we
talk about how to proceed?"
"I'm in the middle of a messy divorce.
The court ordered a family evaluation.
I've attached the court order. How do we
"I represent a mother in a very
acrimonious custody matter. Alienation
has been alleged. I have a hearing in 2
months. I'd like to talk to you about
educating the court. Please reach me
Garber provides a number of distinct services but
can only serve in one role with any given family.
This means that Dr. Garber cannot (for example) be
both a child's therapist and a parent's expert
Keep in mind that Dr. Garber is specially
qualified to provide a number of child-centered,
forensic (that is, court-related) services
(e.g., child custody evaluation, expert witness).
Thus, it may make sense to find other
professionals to provide services that are more
commonly available (e.g., psychotherapy) and ask
Dr. Garber to serve in these other more
How will Dr. Garber respond?
5. If you are
seeking CLINICAL services:
services include individual child or
adult, couples, and family therapy. Read
If you are seeking clinical services
for yourself , Dr. Garber will be glad
to schedule an initial interview with
you as schedules permit.
(b). If you are seeking clinical
services for a child AND you are that
child's legal guardian,
Dr. Garber will first ask you to
reach out to the child's other
parent. Unless there are legal
restrictions or acute safety concerns,
Dr. Garber will only provide child
therapy when BOTH (or all) parents are
engaged in the process. In this
situation, Dr. Garber may ask that you
copy your child's other parent(s) on
all preliminary communications.
you are seeking clinical services for
a child but are NOT that child's legal
guardian (e.g., step-parent), Dr.
Garber will need to speak with the
child's legal guardians.
If you are seeking clinical services
for your family, for you and your
adult intimate partner, couples' or
marriage counseling, please copy
the other adult(s) involved on all
|6. If you
are seeking FORENSIC services:
Forensic means "court-involved."
Do you have a court order requiring
the service that you're seeking?
Please scan and email or fax that
order to Dr. Garber asap.
(b) Do you have a (temporary)
parenting plan relevant to the
proposed service (e.g., co-parenting
or Parenting Coordination see ).
Please scan and email or fax the
parenting plan asap.
(c) If you are seeking co-parenting or
Parenting Coordination services, please
consider copying your children's
other parent(s) on your
communications with Dr. Garber.
Unilateral communications can
compromise Dr. Garber's (appearance
If you are seeking an impartial
forensic evaluation such as Child
Centered Family Evaluation (CCFE see )
please scan and email or fax the
relevant court order asap.
(e) If you are seeking expert services
relevant to litigation, please
have your lawyer reach Dr. Garber
directly. (read more here ).
In this case. speaking with you, the
litigant, can compromise Dr. Garber's
ability to serve in this role.
matter the service that you're
seeking, Dr. Garber will need to
receive basic identifying information
about everyone (including the
children) who will be involved in that
service. Please provide:
person's full name (including
person's date of birth
person's mailing address
person's phone and email
- If this is
a legal matter, please provide
the CASE CAPTION (e.g., Smith
v. Jones, NH
Garber will use these data to open a
Note that some
services require that participants
endorse a Service Agreement
which is generated using these data.
Read more here .
Dr. Garber is
typically available to respond to email and
Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm Eastern time