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Clinical Consultation for Therapists

I offer clinical consultation, including supervision to Masters level therapists pursuing post-graduate hours toward licensure. I have found consultation to be an important part of growing and developing as a therapist. Because I believe consultation works best when consultees feel safe to reflect on their work and the experiences that arise in clinical relationships, I encourage an open dialogue as we discuss the clinical work.

Part of developing your professional identity in this field is the process of clarifying your beliefs about how psychotherapy works. I enjoy supporting this process. I will share my point of view and experience, and I am also interested in hearing about yours.

It’s also my experience that consultation offers valuable perspective on the unconscious dynamics that emerge in the intimacy of therapeutic relationships. Therefore, in addition to both practical and theoretical discussion about frame and practice, I find it helpful to discuss countertransference experiences in order to gain greater understanding of your client’s inner life and what may be going on in your relationship.

In addition to individual and small group consultation, I co-lead consultation through the format of Balint group work. In a Balint group participants open their minds to all that arises intuitively and imaginatively while focusing on the experiences of both members in the therapeutic relationship without addressing the management of that experience. This approach offers insightful consideration of cases, often opening greater understanding of transference/countertransference dynamics, while participants engage in a surprisingly intense workout of the very faculties that deepen clinical practice – flexing the “muscle of empathic, imaginative reflection.