Transforming families around the world
P.O. Box 206, Goleta, CA 93116, U.S.A.
(805) 968-1868 (phone and fax)
Consultations with Aletha Solter, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of The Aware Parenting Institute
Aletha Solter is a developmental psychologist, parent educator, and world-renowned expert on attachment-style parenting, non-punitive discipline, and both cognitive and emotional development. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has led workshops in 16 countries. The titles of her books are, The Aware Baby, Helping Young Children Flourish, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play.
Dr. Solter offers private consultations (in English or French), for people who have read at least one of her books or attended one of her workshops. (It is necessary for people to understand and agree with the basic Aware Parenting approach.) She teaches parents how to interact with their children in ways that can enhance the children's development, and how to solve typical behavior problems. Her consultations and workshops are purely educational. She does not diagnose children or conduct therapy with either children or adults.
Please note that Dr. Solter does not answer personal questions by e-mail because Aware Parenting does not consist of quick, simplistic answers. Sometimes the key to solving a problem lies in something that parents are not initially aware of. When Dr. Solter talks with parents, she is often able to get at the root of a problem and make helpful suggestions. This is impossible to do by e-mail.
Here is a sample of the many thank you notes and testimonials received by Aletha Solter.
Video testimonial about Aware Parenting
Consultations for parents without children present (telephone, Skype, or in person)
Consultations can include any of the following topics concerning children from birth through adolescence. If you wish to discuss more than one child, please schedule a separate consultation for each one. Hourly fee: USD $80 or EUR 80.
Parent/child play sessions (in person only)
Consultations for parents with children present take the form of facilitating unique forms of parent/child play (Attachment Play), which can help to resolve behavior problems while also enhancing bonding and emotional development. If you wish to bring your child for a parent/child play session, please schedule a preliminary consultation without your child. After that first session, Dr. Solter will design a parent/child play session that best meets the needs of your family. Please allow up to one-and-a-half hours for a play session. The fee for a play session is $130. This fee includes a half-hour follow-up telephone consultation.
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How to schedule a consultation
If you wish to have a consultation with Dr. Solter, the best way to reach her is by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are in the U.S. you can also leave a telephone message at 805-968-1868. Please indicate when you can be reached. We do not return telephone calls to foreign countries. When you contact her, please provide the following information:
After receiving this information, Dr. Solter will e-mail you a pre-consultation questionnaire to fill out before your appointment, and she will offer you a few appointment times to choose from. She is usually able to schedule appointments within one to two weeks (unless she is on a workshop tour). If you have not read any of Dr. Solter's books or attended any of her workshops, please read at least one of her books before scheduling a consultation with her.
Summary of Fees
Payment is due after your consultation. Please inquire about payment methods. Note: These fees do not include any e-mail follow-up advice.
The pre-consultation questionnaire requests information about your child, beginning at conception. This information will help Dr. Solter understand your child and your family situation. The questionnaire is free and available upon request (by e-mail) (please specify English or French.) Dr. Solter requests that you fill it out and return it to her by e-mail at least 24 hours before your consultation. Your answers are confidential and will be seen only by her.
Other sources of support
Please visit our Parent Support Page to learn about other sources of support for Aware Parenting.