I am a Master’s level counselor supervisor. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Education in Community Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the state of Texas. I am also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I have worked for the local mental health authority StarCare and Central Plains Center. I have 24 years of experience in working with children, adolescents and adults that experience difficulties with serious mental illness, being incarcerated, having suicidal/homicidal thoughts, self-injurious behavior, adjustment disorders and anxiety. I own my own private practice where I see children, adolescents and adults who have depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, self-injurious behavior and adjustment disorders. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Sandtray, relaxation techniques, child centered play therapy, creative arts techniques throughout my sessions. I have been an LPC since 2010 and an LPC-Supervisor since 2014.
Supervision is a process whereby one person is designated to facilitate the professional development and therapeutic competence of another person or persons while safeguarding the clients of the supervisee. I have chosen to conduct my supervision using a model that employs the roles of teacher, counselor, and consultant within a developmental framework. I will utilize the teaching role to assist you in learning a technique or a skill. The counselor role refers to the common therapeutic factors that are used to facilitate your personal growth in treatment-related issues where your specific thoughts or feeling are stimulated by the client and interfere with efficacious treatment. Ethically, I cannot provide therapy for you as part of my supervision. The consultant role is useful for case review and for discussion of areas of uncertainty.
During our supervision session, I will help you to focus on the following areas in counseling: process, personalization, conceptualization, and administration. The process skills comprise counseling techniques. Personalization refers to those aspects of your experience that relate to you as a person, such as transference and countertransference. Conceptualization focuses on how you think about, plan for, and analyze your cases. The administration function covers all other aspects of counseling such as case notes, ethics, licensure, and business practices. Since you may be taping some of your counseling sessions, we will use these tapes and tape scripts for review in supervision sessions. In addition, we will use case note review, role plays, simulations, and other modalities for our sessions.
LPC Internship is one of the final steps in the developmental process of learning to counsel. My belief is that this can be accomplished only over time with supervised practice and with reflection on that practice. Supervision will consist of 4 hours a month of individual or triadic supervision. In my role as your supervisor, I will attend to safeguarding your clients’ welfare, assist your professional growth, and serve as a gatekeeper of the profession. Your part in this process will be to counsel clients weekly, to prepare paperwork weekly on counseling sessions, and to attend weekly supervision sessions and scheduled classes. Supervision will require reflection on (1) the counseling process of your client sessions, (2) you as the counselor, and (3) the profession of counseling. You will present those issues that remain unresolved at supervision. To this extent, you are in charge of your learning. I will try to help you understand how to prepare for your supervision.
I will maintain record of our supervision sessions and suggest that you do the same. All information that you share with me concerning your clients or yourself will be kept confidential. There are several important exceptions that pertain to releasing confidential material. I will release confidential material under the following circumstances: (1) you direct me to share information with someone else. (2) I determine that you or a client is a danger to yourself or others. (3) I suspect child, incapacitated person, or elder abuse of you or your client. (4) I am ordered by a court or our laws to disclose information. (5) It is necessary to defend myself against a legal action or formal complaint that you and/or your client make before a court or regulatory board. I will attempt to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality, although I may disclose your client’s case or my supervision of you in extreme or specific instances (identified above), I will not disclose your client’s name or other identifying information so that confidentiality may be protected.
My services as your clinical supervisor will be rendered in a professional manner consistent with accepted ethical standards. Although I am unable to guarantee any specific results regarding your learning goals, we will work together to achieve the best possible results for you. I may assign written work, reading, and viewing of tapes to assist you. My belief is that evaluation is an ongoing practice that should be as clear as possible. If you are dissatisfied, please let me know as soon as possible.
If you are interested in receiving supervision services please contact me by phone or email.
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