• Consulting Services

    "Racism, without being discussed, is often the elephant in the room that plagues therapists, community organizations, corporations, individuals, and our society at large.

     

    My job as a consultant is to EMPOWER clients to help face the elephant in the room and eradicate racism.

     

    Join me and together we will pick up a fork and a knife and learn the only way to eat an elephant-- one bite at a time." - Dr. Isha W. Metzger

    Treatment Modification and Implementation

    Dr. Metzger has over a decade of experience in modifying and delivering culturally-sensitive mental health treatment. Short-term and ongoing consultations in this area including workshops, trainings, and facilitated discussions that focus on understanding diverse populations and systematically applying evidence-based strategies to improving client-practitioner relationships, therapist self-efficacy in working with underserved communities, and efficacious treatment delivery with an attention to cultural awareness in order to improve client outcomes.

     

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)

    Dr. Metzger serves as the bridge between organizations, communities, and the existing evidence base. Organizational and community consulting works towards forming equitable relationships between administration, faculty, employees, and students in professional and academic settings; maintaining collaborative partnerships between researchers, practitioners, and community members; training organizational managers and clinical supervisors; and adapting and utilizing culturally-sensitive evidence-based practices. Consultations focus on identifying strategies and solutions for leaders and employees towards recognizing and eliminating biases, identifying strategies and solutions that encourage trusting relationships built on cultural humility and mutual respect, and engaging in meaningful conversations around race, ethnicity, and issues of diversity and social justice.

     

    Program Evaluation

    Program evaluation consultations exist for programs of research and mental health treatments that are already established and would like to improve effectiveness and reach. Program evaluation services offered by Dr. Metzger are designed to measure the effectiveness and fidelity of existing programs through chart reviews, organization mapping, survey administration, field observations, and key informant interviews. Dr. Metzger works closely with professionals, researchers, and organizations to identify barriers and facilitators to treatment initiation and engagement, and to improve service delivery and an organization’s reach to diverse communities.

  • Community Partnerships

    Child Mind Institute
    Minnesota Children’s Alliance
    Lyra Health
    Delta Airlines, Inc.
    National Children’s Alliance
    Bowtie Leadership & Development, Inc.
    Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment
    Ball State University Department of Special Education
    American Family Insurance
    Firepower Concepts, LLC
    The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center
    The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
    Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
    Gaines Elementary School, Morgan County
    Center for Health and Rehabilitation
    National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
    Pine Grove Inc., Autism Residential Facility
    The Pediatric Diabetes and Obesity Institute- Healthy Lifestyles Clinic
    Auburn University Department of Psychological Sciences
    Auburn University Human Development and Family Sciences Department
    Child Mind Institute, School and Community Programs
    BlueSprig Pediatrics
    STRONG STAR Training Initiative and Consortium to Alleviate PTSD
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Fort Hood Research Site
  • Testimonials

    What clients are saying about consultation with Dr Metzger:

    I, personally, learned a lot from what you shared, and I feel confident that using your findings as a guide, we will be able to make some very positive changes for clients and providers in the areas of DE&I, hopefully not just now, but in the years to come. Thank you for being so thoughtful in your recommendations and for providing actionable feedback.

    Thank you, again, for making the time to meet with [us] to present your findings to [our partners] today, and of course, for all of your work on the audit. I also want to thank you, not only for the knowledge and ideas you shared with us, but also for being you and making this leg of the journey so much fun!

     

    As [hidden] and I were sharing with [hidden] earlier today, it is not just that you are incredibly insightful and knowledgeable about DE&I and evidence-based therapies, but also that you are a lovely, energetic, and caring person, too.

    "I learned a lot during the workshop and also REALLY appreciated how you guided our discussion, Q&A, and sharing your wisdom. One thing that I took away in particular, was the language that you gave us around noting a broken system and broken learning, different approaches to naming allyship, and the directness of labeling microaggressions or acts of racism, if my client experiences them. I think that level of directness is something I haven't known how to address exactly. Overall, it's really sparked my learning not only with my 1:1 clients, and also how to support coaches as providers too."

    "Throughout the discussion, her keen insight, highly skilled encouragement, and clinical guidance was very helpful to participate in. It is very exciting to bear witness to the exceptional outreach/initiatives the Lyra leadership team has provided in working to grow our clinical team's understanding of how to connect with and support folks from black and brown communities. I am very grateful to be part of this process as we move forward with our clients and in the community!!"

    "I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say that I love your style. You're great at what you do and I gained a lot from watching you. You have a natural ease with people that I really admire and strive for."

    "Excellent and timely topic. I enjoyed not only the application of the principles, but found it conceptually very useful to view the impact of racism from the lens of trauma."

    One thing that I took away in particular, was the language that you gave us around noting a broken system and broken learning, different approaches to naming allyship, and the directness of labeling micro-aggressions or acts of racism, if my client experiences them. I think that level of directness is something I haven't known how to address exactly.

    I learned so much! The greatest benefit of this workshop was that I had language to explain to a new client of color my role as an advocate, (hopeful) ally position, and that I am consciously working on reducing my unconscious bias. Without this presentation and discussion, I wouldn’t have been ready, but now I am!

    This training was extremely helpful in allowing me to explore race-related challenges in my work and to learn about concrete strategies for validating client experiences and helping my clients who encounter racial stressors in their daily lives resist in ways that allow them to recharge, prevent or help treat symptoms of racial trauma, and ultimately enact social change.

    Dr. Metzger is incredibly insightful and knowledgeable about DE&I and skilled in the culturally sensitive delivery of evidence-based therapies!

    Excellent and timely topic. I enjoyed not only the application of the principles, but found it conceptually very useful to view the impact of racism from the lens of trauma. The latter was not something I had made explicit in mind until now.

    Videos were great and powerfully illustrative. I think having a real person talking about their experiences was very effective capturing the problem rather than just presenting statistics, which we may already know to be true.

    Feedback from the team is exceedingly positive regarding Dr. Metzger's work with us over the past couple weeks. They were already really excited about her research even before these workshops, and between her talent as a presenter, her ability to make it relatable to the team’s clinical work, and the vast array of resources she's provided, this will continue to play a major role in fueling discussions and informing our clinical work going forward.

    Dr. Metzger was a very knowledgeable, incredibly engaging speaker who provided lots of helpful resources on a MUCH NEEDED didactic! My only critique is that I wish we could have her with us for more time, like 2 weeks maybe, because there is so much more we can cover that she touched on and I think is sorely needed in our training!

    This topic was so much appreciated and the way it was approached by blending personal experience with evidence and information from the literature and her research, applicable techniques and skills, and very natural modeling of the skills was very helpful. Thank you thank you thank you to Dr. Metzger for the important work you're doing! Wonderful presentation style. This was amazing!

    Dr. Metzger did a wonderful job using her program of research to provide practical ideas for how to tailor treatment while working with Black youth. In addition, I deeply appreciated her tips on how to be a better ally during these difficult times.

    Her enthusiasm for involving undergraduates in research and service, and her insistence that our trainees consider the unique experience of under-represented and marginalized groups in all aspects of their research and practice are perfectly aligned with the goals of our department, and students have already benefited from this relationship!

    I wanted to take a moment tonight to send my gratitude. I started watching this presentation yesterday and had to pause because I got pulled away. I am so glad that it is on-demand so that I could come back to finish it this evening. This work is amazing, important, and so helpful. I learned a great deal, and appreciate all of the time and effort that went into this dynamic presentation.

    I'm listening to the recording on how to set up a lab and you are dropping GEMS!! Thank you for volunteering your time to give us so much wisdom. I'm definitely going to incorporate these tips moving forward!!