I try to meet students and parents together, at least at the first appointment.
I like to clarify what I can and cannot do for you. I explain the process of applying for college, the time frames, costs, and expectations from the colleges and myself.
I tell parents and students that I will be corresponding with both by cc’ing parents on emails.
I also explain that the student is my main concern and that I will be working with her/him to find the best college matches.
To support student individuation, I offer personality, ability, and other tests to show both students and parents why a particular school or major might be best.