I offer clinical supervision to LPC and LMFT interns. I’m on the OBLPCT supervisor registry as a supervisor candidate, after having completed a 30-hour supervision training with Karen Hixson PhD LPC on social justice-oriented approaches to supervision. My supervision philosophy looks at clinical skills, administrative effectiveness, and the person who is the therapist to help supervisees bring their whole self to the healing relationship. I’m currently offering a Trans- and Queer-Centered Supervision Group so that interns in private practice can build their skills and professional identity without having to battle cisheteropatriarchy in supervision.
Clinical supervision can be a complex relationship, because the supervisor is serving in multiple roles of consultant, teacher, mentor, and gatekeeper. Ideally, the supervisee will eventually be a professional peer. I prefer to be up-front with interns about these realities, and to work together to build a trusting relationship in which the trainee can get the support they need.
I’ve had the benefit of a couple of post-Master’s internships that used a private practice model, and I’m happy to share what I learned with supervisees. Luckily, there are a lot of tools that can make starting a private practice easier, and some basic business skills (which very few therapists learned about in their graduate programs) go a long way in ensuring success. There’s also the aspect of developing a professional identity and working through one’s personal obstacles in being an early career therapist, and I can help with that. Finally, honing one’s clinical skills and integrating frameworks and models that work for you and your clients is a super-important part of doing good therapy.
My own graduate training was highly relational, experiential, and personal, and I think that gave me a really good preparation for being with clients. Even so, there were so many things I didn’t learn, which simply couldn’t fit into a 3-year degree, given everything else I had to learn. I’m here to support you in filling out your knowledge and experience, and bringing the theoretical, personal, political, and experiential into an integrated balance in your therapeutic work and your life.
Getting out of grad school and into the work world can be quite a transition, and having good support and encouragement can go a long way. If you are in private practice or planning to get into private practice, and you are interested in individual or group supervision with me, feel free to reach out and we can talk about it.