Entering into an internship for the first time can be stressful. You might be asking yourself, “How will I know if the supervisor is the right fit for me?” You may even be thinking, “I’m eager to begin seeing clients, but will I have the confidence? Will I know what to say?”… Everyone beginning an internship carries similar concerns. But beyond the initial stress, an internship placement can be fun and fulfilling too.
It is a time of bridging theory – everything you’ve learned in the classroom – with client care. It is also a time to try out approaches and discover which ones are a good fit for you. Yes it can be scary, but it will also be a rewarding time of learning and growth. And remember you won’t have to be on your own.
Finding the right fit for supervision is important and effective supervision is a joint effort. It is a process whereby one person is designated to facilitate the professional development and therapeutic competence of another. I have chosen a model that incorporates the roles of teacher, counselor and consultant within a developmental framework:
- The teaching role is used to assist you in learning or perfecting a technique or skill.
- The counselor role refers to the common therapeutic factors that are used to facilitate your personal growth in treatment-related issues where your specific thoughts or feelings are stimulated by the client and interfere with efficacious treatment.
- The consultant role is useful for case review and discussion of areas of uncertainty.
I have a range of experience that can be incorporated into your learning process including expertise in the treatment of:
- Survivors of Trauma
- PTSD and Complex PTSD
- Anxiety and Depression
Expertise in teaching:
- Self-soothing and exploring re-enactment patterns
- Self-care and guiding persons in learning and implementing self-care
- The use of mindfulness and silence in the therapy room and in the life of the therapist/supervisee
Together we will work towards the goals of your supervision including:
- Competence in the modality of choice
- Confidence in developing your unique therapeutic voice
- Processing cases and concerns
- Broader thinking and developing a sense of curiosity as you develop ways to treat a diverse client base.
- Learn personal triggers and those of your clients
- Utilization of self-care for the supervisee-therapist
The focus of supervision will evolve based on skill and development level. I offer several different supervisory options including: individual and group supervision whether you are working in my practice or working at an agency or organization, use of the office space on certain days of the week and I can offer client referrals.
Please contact me if you would like more detailed information about fees, my approach and the expectations I have for my interns.