Psychotherapy is a deeply personal adventure for both therapist and client. Regardless of theory or technique, everything in therapy occurs in the context of this extraordinary relationship. This makes the person of the therapist decisive. How we utilize our strengths and vulnerabilities, our needs and desires and thoughts, goes far toward determining the success of the work.
Supervision is offered for both experienced and newer therapists seeking to expand their vision, effectiveness, and enjoyment of the work. The intent of the supervision is to provide a relational experience that promotes growth as a therapist and as a human being. With this in mind the content and process of each supervision is unique, varying to meet the character, experiences and needs of each therapist and small group.
Supervision must in some respects be therapeutic, for the therapist wishes to maximize her ability to connect and to be genuine while in relationship with clients and families. Sometimes this requires dealing respectfully with relevant personal issues. The goal of therapy is increased richness and quality of life, while the goal of supervision is increased richness and quality of therapy.
The issue of responsibility is seen differently here than in some settings. Our view is that therapist cannot be responsible for other people’s happiness or for whether they get what they want. The therapist’s responsibility is to make optimal use of herself and the therapeutic relationship, while sharing the limitations and imperfections of life.
Most important of all is the therapist’s self-care. The therapist who does not take care of himself will become overextended, easily falling into caretaking and dependency issues with clients. Taking care of oneself is perhaps the single most important ongoing function of the good therapist, and will receive continual attention in supervision.
Both individual and small group situations are available. Most groups consist of three or four people meeting weekly, but other arrangements are sometimes made. If you are interested in an exciting supervision experience, please contact email@example.com, or call 404-843-9072.