As a qualified supervisor with the state of Florida, I am credentialed to provide supervision for licensure for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns. If you graduated with a masters from a clinical mental health counseling program and need a supervisor for licensure, lets schedule a consultation and see if working together would be a good fit.
What I provide as a supervisor:
I take a collaborative approach with supervisees. While I will give you guidance and advice to deepen and improve your practice, I also see my supervisees as my colleagues. My goal is to help you blossom into your own unique counselor identity and practice. I believe in the mutual sharing of knowledge and creativity. Additionally, I can provide support and practical help with the licensure process and career planning.
My therapeutic approach:
For us to work well together as supervisor and supervisee, my therapeutic perspective should be one you can relate to, thought it does not have to be exactly the same as yours. I use an integrative approach, combining psychodynamic, existential, social constructivist, and cognitive-behavioral ideas.
By psychodynamic, I mean that I believe people form beliefs about themselves, others, and the world, shaped by their childhood experiences. These beliefs can be largely unconscious but play out in relationships and patterns of behavior in the present. By existential, I mean that I believe personal meaning and values are important. The way experiences affect us are largely dependent on our personal meaning-making schemas, and decisions are more fulfilling when they are based on our personal values and we can find personal meaning in them. By social constructivist, I mean that I focus more on individual strengths than deficits, on wellness rather than illness. I believe the labels we use to describe ourselves and the unwritten rules that dictate our lives are created by societies and institutions, and are not necessarily representative of the individual lived experience. These narratives can also be damaging to one’s self-view and impede positive change. Solution-focused, narrative, and feminist therapy approaches help people focus on the individual experience. Finally, with cognitive-behavioral techniques, I help people learn practical skills to feel better and change their behavior.
How does this look in practice? – I listen carefully to personal stories and pay attention to themes and patterns that emerge. I help clients figure out what led to them feeling or behaving the way that they do, based on their experiences, inner beliefs, and personal meaning. Sometimes, a lot of pain comes up in this exploration process, allowing people to process old hurts and the origins of limiting beliefs. Substantial growth can occur in this process, generating lots of ideas for implementing positive changes. When the client and I discover what needs to change and why, we shift to identifying strategies for change. These could come from the client discovering their own strengths and solutions as well as from me teaching cognitive-behavioral and dialectical-behavioral skills that help people reach their goals. I particularly believe in self-compassion, radical acceptance, assertive communication, and distress tolerance. In this part of the process, clients are also encouraged to mentally start rewriting their stories. Shame-laden stories that lead to poor self-image can now incorporate the client’s new understanding, personal values, and strengths so the client can see themselves in a more accurate and empowered light. Therapy is often not a linear process and all of these moving pieces work together simultaneously. The ultimate goals are personal to the client.
Please reach out if you would like to work together towards your licensure as a mental health counselor!