SUPERVISION FOR THERAPISTS

 

I offer supervision with a focus on what each therapist needs at his or her particular point in development.  This might entail helping to process countertransferential feelings and thoughts; examining the utility of specific therapeutic interventions; or exploring the impact of a patient's childhood history on current distress.  The unique transference-countertransference matrix created with each patient will help illuminate where the focus of the supervision will be.

I am interested in helping therapists assist patients in gaining insight into why they are having particular problems, as well as developing greater access to their feelings, understanding their needs more clearly, and better communicating these feelings and needs with others.  I want to help ground supervisees in general therapeutic techniques, out of which they can securely develop their own unique gifts for working with patients.  I find that the more secure we are in the basics, the more we are able to trust our individual intuition.  I strive to create an atmosphere where supervisees can feel safe to question interventions made, risk the vulnerability of discussing impasses, and understand how "failures" can often lead to important openings in the work.

My theoretical orientation is relational.  My work is informed by extensive experience I've had in working with men who were sexually abused as children, and with individuals struggling with addictions.  My work is also informed by my experience in providing group, EMDR, and couples therapy.

In addition to offering private supervision, I am a supervisor for candidates at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.  I also provide group supervision to ICP candidates and provided staff supervision on sexual abuse and trauma issues at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (2007 to 2011).