Get your Geek Therapist on! Lower-Fee Supervision toward Licensure Available from a Geeky Therapist.
Not all workplaces can provide licensure supervision, and because I benefitted from the generosity of other colleagues who offered lower-fee supervision to me.
I have provided clinical supervision to licensees since 2015 and have completed additional continuing education on clinical supervision to keep up to date on my skills.
I also consult with a group of other clinical supervisors semi-regularly to ensure I'm providing you with the best quality support
I provide reflective supervision that focuses on intersectionality and inclusivity. Anti-racist, queer and trans-competent, social and environmental justice, and trauma-informed are just some of the perspectives you can expect as a baseline in our supervision together.
Specifically, I have lots of experience in substance use and harm reduction, radical inclusion, crisis management, clinical assessment, working with youth and families, and adjusting to functional changes associated with chronic illness (including chronic pain) or disability.
Check with your state licensing board to be certain. Washington and Pennsylvania allow half of all supervised hours to be provided from another licensed clinician in a different discipline.
As of August 1, 2021, my hourly rate for individual supervision ranges from $40 to $60 per hour.
My rate for group supervision is currently $120 to $240 for 6-weeks of group supervision. This is a range of $20-$40 per hour of group supervision. You can pay all at once, or at each meeting. However, if you commit to being in a supervision group, I expect that you will follow through on your commitment, in both attendance and financial manners.
I do not ask for income verification or other documentation about your financial status. Rather, I set my fees within a range that I feel satisfied about, and ask you to consider to what amount, within that range, you can commit. If your circumstances change for the worse or better, we can renegotiate within the ranges stated above.
Individual supervision provides a space for you to think critically about how you engage in the clinical work you provide. We will think together about interactions you have with your clients, your employer or agency, social systems, the client's individual circumstances and social location, and how behavior makes sense in the context of all of these things.
Within the first month of supervision, I ask each of my supervisees to create a self-care plan to address physical, mental, emotional, and social wellness because clinical work is challenging!
In addition to talking about work with your clients, we will review topics like: different kinds of assessment, crisis management, mandatory reporting, documentation, boundaries and relationships, and ethical practice.
We will also talk about your career goals and different types of practice you might wish to explore, as well as how to create opportunities to do so.
Supervision groups meet every week for 1 hour at a time. Given the current state of COVID and telehealth regulations, all meetings are held on line through Google Meet.
In group supervision, we may spend the first part of the meeting discussing a concept or reviewing a brief article together. Most of our groups will include a case presentation by one of the supervisees. Ideally, when it's your turn for a case presentation, you would bring a clinical question to the group about your work with an individual, family, or systems interaction.
If you want to do couples counseling, PLEASE find someone who is highly skilled in this area. I do not provide couples counseling because there are people who are much better at it than I am and enjoy it more.
If you want someone who will help you develop the business of your practice, there are several highly qualified people I can recommend. Private practice and supervision has, for the most part, been and likely will remain a side-gig and not my full-time work.
If you're highly invested in working in school systems, I can also refer you to people have more contemporary knowledge in both Pennsylvania and Washington.
If you have the sense that we aren't a good fit, I'd encourage you to consider what's bringing that thought up. I'm happy to discuss it with you, and help decide if someone else might be a better fit.
This is a really interesting and slightly tricky question to answer.
Because we are the tool of our work, it is necessary to both bring a high degree of self-awareness to our work, and be able to stay present with our clients and their needs.
Countertransference (how we feel about our clients) is a real thing. When providing trauma-informed services we want to develop enough self-awareness to notice what thoughts, feelings and behaviors our clients trigger in us so that we can resist re-enacting unhealthy patterns of relationship with them. This is what helps create space for insight and change for both our clients and ourselves.
Inevitably, because we are human and the work we do is grounded in relationship, our own "stuff" will show up in our work. This is neither inherently good or bad. It's just a thing that happens. What's important is what we do with it.
It's like being at the airport: it's totally normal to have baggage. Just don't leave it unattended.
Sometimes attending to it means doing our own personal work in therapy to get more clarity. Sometimes it means having more clinical skills to be aware of what emotional "stuff" belongs to the client versus what belongs to you.
My role as a clinical supervisor is to help you sort out which monkeys are your clients versus which are yours.
In other words... sometimes it really IS your circus and those ARE your monkeys. And if it is your circus and your monkeys, that's an issue for your own personal therapy work.
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