My Experience

Supervision Style and Philosophy

In any supervision relationship, creating trust, having a strong sense of curiosity, and a willingness to learn are important in developing our craft. I believe that both psychotherapy and clinical supervision are a creative and dynamic combination of both science and art. Within a developmentally-informed supervision frame, we intertwine current research and a thoughtful, discerning experiential knowledge base. Emphasizing emotional sensitivity and intuition, we can find ways to reach your goals of expertise in helping and continued professional development.

My supervision, therapy, and teaching styles are very collaborative as I work to create space for inclusive discussions about all clinical matters. I believe that the primary roles for any supervisor are teaching and providing expert support. With my combined therapy, supervision and counselor education experiences, it’s nice to be conversant in a wide range of clinical topics, perspectives, and treatment approaches. This helps both newer and more experienced professionals find your strengths and develop your unique clinical abilities.

I have extensive experience providing developmentally-informed clinical supervision utilizing a variety of approaches, evidence-based practices, and clinical intervention styles. An advantage of working in a community mental health setting is having direct experience with a very wide range of clinical presentations. I can understand and be helpful with many client issues, family configurations, ages, identity considerations, socio-economic backgrounds, demographic factors, and of course, DSM-V TR diagnostics.

Further Counseling and Clinical Supervision Experience

I am strong in Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, and Motivational Interviewing interventions, all within a Family Systems orientation. I have training in group and individual Play therapy, Psychodynamic theory and therapy, and Collaborative Problem Solving. I have worked with children, teens and families with substance use and addiction impacts. I also have extensive training and experience in clinical evaluation and psychological assessment. I particularly enjoy the use of projective drawings as well as using play, creative, and expressive art activities, both in psychotherapy and in clinical supervision.

In my role as a Lead Risk Manager at a large community mental health agency, I have developed skills and a keen awareness of risk assessment and applied Ethics. At our agency, I am regularly called on to provide clinical consultation and professional assistance to staff, counselors, and other supervisors when facing practical, clinical, and ethical challenges, as well as in many other difficult situations.

While always new and challenging, a unique joy of a career in professional psychology is the range of possibility. I’ve learned that being open to new ideas, alternative frames, and others’ experiences is the foundation of person-centered counseling and developmentally-informed clinical supervision. While no one can be familiar with all treatment approaches and perspectives, I endeavor to be open-minded, flexible, and willing to learn. I’ve supervised many others who go on to practice well beyond my trainings and experiences. I’m happy to say that I’ve learned from each and every person with whom I've developed a strong supervision relationship. I hope and expect that will always be the case.