I have supervisied advanced interns and psychological assistants at the Saturday Center for Psychotherapy in Santa Monica since 1985. While working for nearly twenty years at a residential treatment center for delinquent adolescents I contracted with the California School of Professional Psychology for the Center to be a training site for psychology interns as well. Thus, so far in my career, I have probably supervised close to a hundred and fifty eager and intelligent young therapists.
My style of supervision is simultaneously supportive and challenging. As an “intersubjective” theorist, I believe that therapeutic change arises out of the relationship between client and therapist, and that this relationship comes out of the interaction between the character of the client and the character of the therapist. My style of supervision, therefore, focuses as much on the character of the young therapist as on the pathology of the client. It is intense, personal, and, for those who are willing to be vulnerable in the service of learning, it can be extremely rewarding.
I also believe that whatever dynamics are interfering with the work between client and therapist will often be brought into the room and be reenacted between therapist and supervisor. Working thus in the “parallel process’ provides another level of intensity and learning that promotes both professional and personal growth.
Each year the entire second semester of the Professional Roles class I teach at the California School of Professional Psychology is devoted to teaching senior graduate students how to do supervision. My philosophy of supervision is presented more fully in the chapter of my book that is devoted to the art of supervision (chapter 11).
I am available for consultation with both individual therapists and small groups of therapists.