I approach supervision just as I approach therapy: I learn about the person, consider their stylistic needs, and note their developmental achievements based on their interpersonal style. I enter the space with an openness that hopefully suggests that we are in this process together. I use “we” and “together” to describe the journey and hopeful outcomes. In this way, mutuality and holding environment is created for the supervision process to unfold.
I value “knowing” a supervisee, having an idea of who they are in their personal life and how this directs their clinical knowledge, including their willingness to explore transference and countertransference. I hold that transference and countertransference will be an expected part of our work. That being said, I hold that boundaries are constantly negotiated and revisited throughout supervision.
I support the resiliency of the supervisee by remaining curious and connected. I challenge implicit biases so that the supervisee can care thoughtfully and fully for her clients. Self-care is not an after-thought; it is part of our everyday when working with trauma and addiction.
Focus areas: clinical capacity, professional development, transference/countertransference, identity, diagnosis, case conceptualization, anti-oppression practice