The Case for Supervision
Today there are so many types of change agents – therapists, coaches, mentors, patient navigators, nurses, healers – you name it, it’s out there. It’s an exciting sign of the times.
I was lucky enough to always have excellent supervision in my early career. Psychotherapists, counselors, and social workers are mandated to have supervision before they can do private practice or supervise or teach others.
But you don’t have to be a psychotherapist to feel the need for, and give yourself the gift of support and supervision.
Part of how you grow is examining your work. Being a caregiver and mentor demands that you walk your talk and own your shit. Supervision helps you do this. You bring in the “clinical issues” or the power struggles and challenges you’re experiencing. You check to see where your own issues or buttons have perhaps gotten pushed, and clear this out.
Called transference, or matching, these are road blocks to offering clear support to others. Everyone has these growth edges, and good healers seek help when they arise.
I provide supervision for those health care workers on the spiritual path, who are willing to keep growing and healing their own issues, in order to better serve.
When you get triggered by client work, it’s a great opportunity to improve your skills and go up a level as a professional.
As a licensed therapist (LPC) in the state of Colorado, I can support LPC candidates toward licensure.
I offer the added benefit of an intuitive perspective to supervision, which can unearth deep or historical sides of the challenge.
I only take a small amount of supervisees as a time, and would need a forty minute meeting to make sure we’re a good match. Contact me for current availability.
A counseling style that originated in the 80s in the addiction field, Motivational Interviewing (MI) started a revolution against the confrontational “tough love” approach that tended to blame and criticize the client for a lack of willpower or desire to change.
MI instead “is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change… addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change”.
MI is simple on paper but harder to embody. Once you “get it”, this evidence-based practice makes your work easier, and increases your effectiveness in supporting clients to change. You expend less effort, clients are more empowered – it’s a win win.
I have been training health care workers in MI since 2005. I’m enthusiastic about it’s use in health care, and in everyday communication with coworkers, family and friends.
MI is becoming hugely popular as more and more and more research backs up it’s power to help people clarify their desires to change, in a faster and more lasting way.
Contact me to inquire about MI training for you or your team.