Are you going through a really exciting and maybe intimidating life transition which involves “more” in your life? You may be becoming a parent in addition to continuing your journey as a licensed clinician, you may have gotten a recent much deserved promotion with increased work responsibilities, or you might be starting or expanding your private practice.
In the midst of this change and transition, you might be looking for a structured space where you can discuss and really deep dive into your clinical work, to enhance what you have to offer for yourself and your clients during this time of growth. If that’s the case, you might really benefit from clinical supervision.
How can supervision help?
You love the work you do. Your life is getting busier which is wonderful and also requires intentionality. You might notice that the opportunities to think about and reflect on your clinical work now feel fewer and far between. You realize that a protected space that centers your professional needs might be really helpful. You realize this dedicated space can help you show up as your best possible self in your professional life as you continue your growth.
Supervision can be a helpful way to clarify your voice, anchor into your strengths, and identify future areas of growth. In a world where it might be easy to just check things off the to do list, supervision can be a beautiful and important space to connect with your needs as a provider in a healing profession.
You may still have questions or concerns about supervision
What is your training and how does that impact your lens as a supervisor?
I have a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany – SUNY, where I was trained to offer supervision to clinicians. As a supervisor, I prioritize the relationship and take a collaborative integrative approach. My clinical theoretical orientation is, grounded in psychodynamic, multicultural feminist, and mindfulness-based therapies and techniques. You might notice that these factors inform my approach as a supervisor, and as a result will likely inform my feedback and perspective. Since my own clinical work has focused on adult individual counseling and group services, I would be most equipped to assist you if your practice is focused in these areas.
How is individual supervision different from a peer consult group?
Individual supervision can be a wonderful space to prioritize if you realize you would benefit from a consistent exploration of your clinical work and professional goals. Individual supervision with the right supervisor can really be an effective use of time since individual supervision is dedicated to you and allows for a deeper exploration and understanding than what might be found in more informal consultation spaces. That said, peer consult groups and spaces can be really helpful depending on what you’re looking for. I’d encourage you to consider the pros and cons and center what you might need in your journey.
Do you supervise unlicensed clinicians?
My current schedule and commitments make it difficult for me to show up in the way I’d like to with someone who is in training. As a result, I currently do not offer supervision to unlicensed clinicians.