I operate from an integrated approach of a psychodynamic and developmental model of supervision, and I work to tailor my feedback and interventions for each supervisee. In addition to the ethical obligations we have for our time together, my aim is to create a collaborative supervisory relationship where we can inform one another’s practice and approach as we seek to offer you clarity and confidence in your approach to clients and clinical work. We will utilize some in-between session homework assignments and readings, as well as audio/video recordings at times to help us towards this end.
I have a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (2010) and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Cairn University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with Supervisor status in the state of Texas (Lic. #71786).
I have received graduate training in a Psychodynamic Relational Approach to therapy, and practice from this stance, integrated into a more eclectic approach, depending on the needs of clients. The Relational Approach utilizes the therapeutic relationship as a primary tool of intervention, and so self-awareness, as well as curiosity about the enactments that take place between client and therapist (transference/countertransference) are of special importance in our work towards healing. Understanding your (therapist) impact on a client, and being open to the feelings that arise are of importance as we discern and distinguish countertransference that might be helpful for the client’s awareness and understanding of impact on another, and countertransference dominance, which takes place when a therapist is less aware of what is happening internally and this can be unhelpful or even harmful to the client’s healing and well-being. Because the therapist is seen as a tool, beyond just the therapeutic skills we employ, it is recommended that every supervisee participate in counseling concurrent with the supervisory experience. This can be cost-prohibitive as you begin your practice, and so as we work together, this recommendation might be more explicitly requested by the supervisor if the supervisee appears to need further personal work concurrent with supervision.
As well as my training in the Relational Approach for adults, much of my work has centered on working with children, adolescents, and their parents, which typically involves limited play therapy, a client-centered approach, and solutions-focused treatment. I have received training in Trauma-Focused CBT through Harborview’s Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress, which focuses on supporting kids and their families through PTSD, as well as anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues.
In the past, I was an assistant instructor at The Seattle School for classes like Introduction to Counseling Children & Adolescents, and Marriage & Family, and I co-created material and instructed for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I co-wrote a book for educators on fostering healthy relationships with kids, parents, and co-workers titled, Relationships that Work: Four Ways to Connect (and Set Boundaries) with Colleagues, Students, & Parents, which was published by Routledge, and have spoken with my co-author, Dr. Adam Saenz, for educators on self-care and healthy relationships. I also speak to parents on effective parenting strategies, attachment, fostering healthy relationships, and how to have conversations about sexuality, love, and relationships in developmentally appropriate ways.