Calm, Compassionate, and Creative Supervision
So you are looking for an LPC-Supervisor? Congratulations!!! That means you have already successfully completed a lot – A LOT – of hard work. Hard work, yes, but the path was very clear. Looking for a supervisor can be a pretty ambiguous process. Where do you start?
I invite you to get curious.
Look inside yourself. Envision how you think you want to practice therapy, what you want your lifestyle to be and what real-life constraints are in place.
It’s totally ok to be unsure right now of a particular modality you want to follow or what particular issue or client sparks your interest. That will evolve over time.
What kind of supervisor do you need?
But by now you probably have some idea through what lens healing makes the most sense to you – feels the most innate to you.
You can then turn your vision outward and look for a supervisor who will help you gain clarity around your clinical identity.
The relationship between you and your supervisor will last at least 18 months, and you want to get more out of it than a weekly get together and a signature on your hours log.
Move from a courageous desire to help others towards becoming a confident counselor.
You’ll need to research potential supervisors, connect with several of them (at least 3) and ensure that you find the one that is the best fit for you and your vision.
I wish you all the best on this journey, and invite you to read on… maybe I’m one of them?
Supervision that Goes Beyond Supervising
I want to find out how you’re oriented to the world and to learning.
I typically have my associate candidates do a brief Enneagram test to get an idea of how we might work together. We spend time gaining understanding of what each of us expects from the other, and go over paperwork, reporting, all the nuts and bolts.
My Supervisor Training was through Wingspan. It went beyond the basics for clinicians dedicated to providing excellent supervision to associates on the track to becoming extraordinary therapists.
We have an online group of gifted healers who stay connected in order to support each other, our associates and their clients. I value the consultation I receive there and my associates benefit from having access to our Hive Mind.
Supervision is a developmental process.
Initially, I am very hands-on with my associates. As I – and you – become more comfortable with your abilities and instinct, you become more and more independent.
In the last part of the internship, I see myself more in a consultant role, encouraging you to make further connection with other professionals and dusting off your confidence when needed.
My role as supervisor is part teacher, part consultant and part counselor – in no particular order. I keep each hat handy.
More About the LPC Supervision Program
I’m approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to provide supervision to LPC Associates who have acquired a temporary license.
My supervision practice is currently capped at 6 Associates.
We will alternate weeks meeting individually and as a group. This will allow for an optimum balance of quality one-on-one attention along with peer support and case presentations to expand your potential for learning.
I’m looking for Assiciates who want to become extraordinary therapists, and who are dedicated to putting in the time and effort it will take to do that. Ideal candidates have a strong sense of integrity, are self-aware and inclusive, seek feedback, and have a sense of humor.
My associates are required to do their own personal work during this time, and participate in at least one major training (eg IFS Level 1, EMDR, ACT, Somatic Experiencing, NARM, etc.).
I’m also looking for associates whose primary goal is to develop their own private practice.
I provide space, a road map, guidance, and support to help you establish and grow your practice, so that when you are fully licensed, you’re ready to launch out on your own.
-Brandy Lynn Clark / Kacey Musgraves / Shane L. Mcanally,
“Follow Your Arrow”
Internal Family Systems
My primary theoretical orientation is Internal Family Systems, and it has been since I was first introduced to it.
This psycho-spiritual model acknowledges that within each of us is a true Self, which has all the resources we need for healing.
It encourages clients to become co-therapists, is non-pathologizing, and welcomes “symptoms” (uncomfortable feelings, maladaptive behaviors) as guides that need to be followed and understood, not masked or shoved away.
Gottman Couple Therapy
I also draw on Gottman Couple Therapy – especially their research – for work with couples and with individuals on their relationships.
I find it a concrete and accessible partner with the more “woo-woo” mindfulness bookend of IFS. It gives me a nice scale to run, so I can adjust to individual clients.
Non-Violent (or Collaborative) Communication
Non-Violent (or Collaborative) Communication is woven into all of this as way to help clients get to know their feelings and learn to express them in productive ways.
Beyond the “I statement,” it also helps me make them more aware of the unmet needs uncomfortable feelings point toward, and gives them the ability to then make requests in service of getting those needs met.
I am an avid student of Interpersonal Neurobiology and currently incorporate elements of IPNB into my practice with great enthusiasm and with great results for my clients.