Supervision Supervision: Psychotherapy is both an inexact science and an art form. It’s practice comes with a great deal of responsibility. The therapist must be willing to engage in a constant learning process as well as maintain a position of neutrality and compassion for the needs of their patients. Such a position is often a challenged to sustain.

Clinical supervision affords a therapist the opportunity to to view both their patients and themselves in alternative ways. It is the chance to revisit a the relationship with the patient or a confounding situation and develop a fresh approach that will expand the treatment possibilities. Transference and countertransference are components that we work with throughout our therapy careers and no one is too experienced to further examine them in a treatment relationship. Our patients’ growth, as well as our own, continually go hand in hand.

Many years ago, a supervisor told me, “Do good work, and the rest will follow”, meaning my practice would grow and I will find it continuously rewarding. Whenever I, or anyone I supervise expresses doubt about their practice, my inclination is to return to this credo before discussing pragmatic ways to self-promote. If the therapist believes in their work and is open to self-exploration, self-promotion naturally follows with greater ease and creativity.

-Peter C. Turco, LCSW-R