Learning is a lifelong process
I’m not quite sure who originally said that, but that is certainly my philosophy. Whether you are wanting to get supervision for licensure, or you are already a therapist and want to continue to get consultation for the challenges you may come across, I love helping people to learn. I believe the day I stop learning is the day I should hang up my hat and close the doors.
I have found that often times clinicians come to me and one of the first questions is “do you talk about transference and countertransference in supervision/consultation”. I am genuinely surprised because that is such a critical and key piece to being able to work effectively with a client. Not only does it help you identify where you may be stuck, triggered, overinvested, or any other range of states, but it helps you be able to work most successfully with your client. It is so important to know what is yours and what is theirs. It is also essential to examine why your client may be responding to you in a certain way.
There’s so much to learn in our field, as each client brings different challenges and presenting issues. Additionally, every therapist has their own style, experience with certain populations and diagnoses, and treatment modalities.
Most of my career I have worked from viewing the client from psychodynamic and attachment-based perspectives. I have always found that as each therapist is different, so is each client. I definitely pull from many theories and interventions in order to work best with what that particular client needs. In the last few years, I have also begun working utilizing EMDR therapy with many of my clients.
Another area of that I provide consultation and supervision for is suicide prevention and suicide risk assessment. I have had many therapists tell me that they do not think they will come in contact with someone who may be suicidal or will die by suicide. Unfortunately, most graduate schools either do not provide any training on assessing for high risk and suicidal clients, or they provide a one-day training within a course. I know that it is scary to ask the questions you really need to know and are afraid you might not get the answers you need to fully assess someone.
I have been working with high-risk clients for over the last 30 years; and specifically, for the last 8 years, with suicidal clients and people who have lost loved ones to suicide. I was the Chair of the Youth Suicide Prevention Committee for the American Association of Suicidology from 2017-2020, and am on the Communications Committee and social media team.
I’d would enjoy the opportunity to speak with you further to see what it is you are looking for, and how I can help you continue to grow in the mental health profession.
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