Clinical Supervision for Masters Level Social Workers
As a therapist, I love being invested in the mental health community and one way I am able to do that is by working with LMSWs pursuing their clinical license. It is such a pleasure to help new clinicians learn more about themselves as therapists, develop their skill set, and help them prepare for a career in this rewarding field!
Finding the Right Supervisor
Finding the right clinician for your supervision is so incredibly important. I still remember my individual supervisor changing the way I felt about myself as a therapist. She helped me build confidence, recognize my own "stuff" that I needed to work through to be a good therapist, and helped me work through difficult cases so that I didn't feel alone with their care.
On the other hand, I briefly worked with a therapist who was offering group supervision that was a complete waste of time! I learned nothing and it was apparent he was only their to check off on hours and get paid. How discouraging!
If you are in pursuit of your clinical license- I hope you understand the value of supervision. I hope you view this as an investment in yourself and your future. All the requirements may seem overwhelming, but if done the right way, you will appreciate the experience so much!
Finding the Right Area of Expertise
When looking for a supervisor, it is important to find someone who has experience in your particular field of interest. I chose to go through a MSW program because the job opportunities are so diverse! However, that means we don't all have the same experience or expertise. Make sure you vet your potential supervisor before signing up.
My Areas of Expertise
Individual Therapy in Private Practice
I currently work full time as a therapist in my private practice, Empower Counseling & Consulting of Atlanta. I specialize in working with clients living with:
Trauma (particularly sexual trauma and childhood trauma)
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I am also EMDR trained and use that as my primary modality in session, as well as CBT, Mindfulness, and Strengths Focused therapy.
Medical Social Work
From 2011-2019 I worked in the medical field and have extensive experience in these areas:
Death and dying
Grief and loss
Care giving issues and support for terminal illness
Navigating Medicaid/Medicare, changes in levels of care, navigating the healthcare system
Financial resources (particularly for the elder population)
Advanced Care Planning (living wills)
Geriatric Social Work
During my time in the medical field, much of my work with with the geriatric population. It gave me experience with:
Dementia/Alzheimer's and cognitive decline
Hospice and palliative care
SNF and ALF issues
I also serve as a faith based therapist for clients who desire to incorporate Christian teachings and beliefs into their therapy.