LPC ASSOCIATE SUPERVISION
Licensed Professional Counselor
Texas Board Approved Supervisor
Are you looking for your supervisor?
Congratulations on making the next choices for your career and professional identity.
Choosing a supervisor is an important piece of your professional development and an important relationship for this upcoming stage in your counselor journey.
Your supervisor should be your biggest advocate, your most constructive critic, and a stable piece of your support system. Choosing one should be a journey of it's own to figure out what kind of relationship you need to be successful as a counselor and to continue to foster whatever sparked your interest in the helping profession of counseling.
WOULD WE BE A GOOD FIT TO WORK TOGETHER?
THE SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP
Just as in counseling, the relationship is the most important piece of the supervision experience. In order to feel supported in your personal and professional growth as a counselor and as a helper, I am a firm believer that fit is just as important as supervisory theory and clinical approach. What you need to fit with your supervisor may vary depending on your theoretical orientation, your professional goals, and your target demographic. Please take your time in selecting the right fit for you in this journey: ask questions, interview the potential supervisors, interview their other supervisees, and ask for references. Be as picky of them as they may be of you.
Where possible, consider your identities and intersectionalities when interviewing also.
I know for sure there are not enough supervisors of color to meet the needs of all the Associates and upcoming graduates, so we sure don't have enough if you have more than one marginalized identity. Which makes the research and interview so important!
Commitment to Mental Health Equity & Culturally Informed Training
The field of counseling is overwhelmingly white, eurocentric, and colonized. Although rates of historically marginalized groups are increasing in counselor training programs, the number of educators from the same groups are not increasing as quickly. Burnout rates among counselors is already staggering and the rates of burnout and discrimination among Black, Latino, Indigenous, and counseling students of color has increased especially throughout the post MSJCC counseling era (Basma, DeDiego, Dafoe, 2021; Basma et al., 2021). Teaching, counseling, supervision, and support for counselors-in-training of color by counselor-supervisors of color is lacking
The Multicultural and Social Justice counseling Competencies (Ratts et al., 2016) is a start, however, counselors have been called to action and called to task. Our job now is to use these as guidelines and as fuel for the fire of social justice, equity, and inclusion in the world of counseling (Singh et al., 2020; Singh, Appling, & Trepal, 2020; Nassar & Singh, 2020).
I am committed to a continuous learning journey of cultural awareness, anti-racist teaching & learning, becoming culturally informed, and broaching to learn how to lean into cultural wellness as the client defines. I am always learning and I will never learn it all or be culturally competent. If you think you are already culturally competent, then we would not be a good fit to work together, as we are all racist, colonized, and on a journey of unlearning.