In order to provide psychotherapy, a person must be under the supervision of someone who is independently licensed by the state that they are in or already have an independent license to practice psychotherapy. It is also encouraged, and in some cases required, that even if a person is independently licensed to practice psychotherapy that they receive clinical supervision if they are using a new method or working with a client that is beyond what they usually do. The definition of a “qualified or registered clinical supervisor” varies state-to-state and this can also vary based on a certification, which may require supervision, in addition or in place of a licensure.
My approach to clinical supervision is to serve as your mentor and supervisor. This is not a dual-role, rather I believe that it’s important that you and I understand that I perceive myself as a mentor, first, and a supervisor second. That’s because I understand the reality that the word ‘supervisor’ carries a negative connotation, and many supervisors (and supervisees) are responsible for this negativity. However, the word ‘mentor’ typically has a more positive connotation of collaboration and learning, rather than ‘authoritative’.
This is a critical period of growth for every clinician, and while a ‘bad’ clinical supervisor can teach you just as much as a ‘good’ clinical supervisor (if you are willing to learn from ‘bad’ experiences), I believe that I have a duty to teach you what I have learned, and to share how I have grown as a clinician so that you can too. But make no mistake, I will not simply tell you all of the ‘secrets’ to psychotherapy that I’ve learned. That would be detrimental to your learning process. There is, after all, a major difference between knowledge and wisdom. The goal is for you to gain wisdom as part of the clinical supervision that you receive so that you may become one of the best clinicians, resulting in more healing.
I do not accept all supervisees who inquire with me about my availability or willingness to provide clinical supervision. It is imperative that you review all of the information on this page, the Consent to Clinical Consultation, as well as any other information on my website(s) that may be relevant prior to contacting me to schedule an initial consultation. I believe that all clinicians should participate in their own serious, long-term psychotherapy, which involves interpretations of transference and countertransference, and the resolution of any prior life events that may impact clinical work, either prior to working with clients or as part of being under clinical supervision for the purpose of client protection. Most people who are seeking a clinical supervisor are not willing to do so because they are blind to the fact that they need this, just as much as their clients do. This is unfortunate.