High Quality Supervision for Those Working Toward Gaining a License
I provide high quality supervision for those who have gained their Master’s Degree and are working toward gaining a License as a Professional Counselor. It is important that you find the "right" fit for you. As a result, I require a face to face meeting where we can discuss your needs, what I can provide and your level of experience. I do provide fee based individual and group supervision.
Supervision Process and Approach
Paula's personal approach to supervision provides an environment of growth for a counselor to honestly evaluate their work performance and counseling skills, helps build a professional identity, and explores ethics, skills, and best practices. Supervision will be a mixture of case review, collaborative problem solving and support. As your supervisor, Paula will serve as teacher, consultant, mentor and evaluator. This process may include assessing your objectivity and professional boundaries with clients, exploring your personal awareness, the importance of establishing and maintaining trust of clients, and walking the path with your clients to meet the client where they are. Paula creates a "safe space" in which you can look at your skills and take the risk of trying those new ideas and methods to enable yourself to grow clinically. Supervision is also the time to address issues, such as counter transference, that affect your work.
Supervisor's Background and Credentials
Paula began her post graduate career working at a rural community mental health agency in Southeastern Ohio. In this setting, Paula worked with a variety of age groups and diagnoses, providing individual and family therapy. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2004, Paula has worked at Mercy Behavioral Health as a Milieu Therapist in Behavioral Health Classroom in a Pittsburgh Public Middle School, Behavioral Specialist in "Wrap-Around" Services, an Outpatient Therapist and a school based therapist. In 2006, Paula gained her LPC. In 2008, Paula held a Psychiatric Social Worker position at Friendship Academy, a partial hospital program and Approved Private School. Concurrently, she began working with Achieving in Higher Education (AHEADD) where Paula provided academic and social coaching, supervision, and became the Assistant Director of this National Program. In 2011, Paula opened her own private practice and obtained a coaching certificate as a Life Coach and Executive Functioning Coach. In 2015, Paula became an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh's Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program.