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Clinical Supervision

As an educator in psychology and psychotherapy for more than 20 years, a clinician since 2005, and a clinical supervisor since 2017, I strongly believe that the foundation of providing effective counselling for clients is based on a therapist’s ability to stay true to themselves and create strong therapeutic relationships. This is often done while staying in the present moment (Stern) with clients. Accordingly, my supervision philosophy emphasizes the therapist's ability to be with the client while at the same time being with themselves in the clinical setting. Linking theory to practice while considering the clinician's emotional reactions in the consulting room is important to help the supervisee critically reflect on their SEUS (safe and effective use of self). I support psychotherapy interns, RPQs, and fully licensed professionals as they journey to create or expand their professional identity. I emphasize self-reflection, case conceptualization, and skill building but also focus on intentionality when considering specific modalities and/or techniques.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and neuropsychoanalyst and hold a Ph.D. in Research Psychology (Neuropsychoanalysis). I also have extended training in individual therapies such as CBT, DBT, Humanistic, Solution-Focused, Trauma, Mentalization, Spiritually-Integrated, Polyvagal, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative, and MI, to name only a few. Furthermore, I have experience with neurodivergence and training in Trauma and Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). I am a clinical fellow in neuropsychoanalysis, and I will add this knowledge to my supervision if therapists are interested. But what is Neuropsychoanalysis?

Neuropsychoanalysis

Neuropsychoanalysis is a field of study that brings neuroscientists, psychoanalysts, and psychotherapists together to understand better the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. Integrating objective science (neuroscience) with the subjective experiences of clients in therapy can help both clients and therapists. The field was created in 1999 by Dr. Mark Solms, a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist. Solms sat on my Ph.D. committee and leads a clinical case conference supervision group I attend monthly to continue my Neuropsychoanalysis Fellowship.

Panksepp's Seven Emotional Systems

Neuropsychoanalysis is grounded on the work of Mark Solms (psychoanalysis/neuropsychology) and Jaak Panksepp (1943-2017), who discovered that animals and human brains are wired functionally and chemically to have seven primary emotional systems. These systems are attachment-based, adaptive, biological, and necessary for survival. These emotional systems expand, from a contemporary affective neuroscience lens, on the work of Freud's drive systems. Below are Panksepp's seven emotional systems, and you will note that there are two types of fear systems: 1) Fear/Anxiety and 2) Panic/Separation. What I do in supervision is help supervisees who are interested in neurodynamic support for their clients to understand better which type of anxiety their client might have Or what other emotional systems might be driving their presenting problems in psychotherapy. Depending on the most prevalent emotional system, the therapy may differ.
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Is anger driving your client? How might understanding the Rage system help? Does your client use addiction as a coping/defence mechanism? How might understanding the Seeking system help to support them? These are how I work with the various emotional systems.

Below is an interview with Dr. Mark Solms, the founder of Neuropsychoanalysis. He explains the field's clinical importance.

Supervision Goals & Options

The CRPO will approve individual, Dyadic, and Group Supervision hours as I meet the CRPO's qualifications. The goals of supervision are:
  • To provide support with Clinical Questions and Cases
  • To utilize Anti-oppressive practices and keep Ethics and Power Dynamics top of mind
  • To help supervisees continue to grow and reflect on their Safe and Effective use of Self (SEUS) in clinical settings
  • To help supervisees bring Transference and Countertransference issues to conscious awareness with clients and learn how to use it to support the clients and their own personal and professional development
  • To support new practitioners with Private practitioners - practice questions are welcome
  • To provide Collegiality and Support
  • To provide broad supervision with various modalities. My lens is psychodynamic, attachment, trauma-based, and relational. Still, I have experience and training to support other modalities as I work from a client-centered framework. Psychodynamic therapy is not a one-size-fits-all modality, nor are the other modalities (CTB, DBT, SF, IFS, EFT, etc., to name only a few); so, I take an integrative approach depending on what the therapist feels they might need for their client.
  • To facilitate case formulations using a "Compassionate Inquiry" lens developed by Dr. Gabor Maté, I completed his 10-week Suicide Attention Training. This non-pathologizing approach grounds my work with clients, students, and supervisees.
  • For the supervisor to facilitate the co-creation of a safe and welcoming environment for supervisees.
  • I do not Supervise cases below 16 years of age.
  • AS OF JUNE 21, 2024, SUPERVISION IS EXEMPT FROM HST!

Group Options

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  • Weekly, Bi-weekly, or Monthly support

  • 2-hour groups - Morning, Afternoon, and Evening options

  • Flexibility - Makeup sessions or credit for cancellations with some notice

  • 3-6 participants (Sometimes, we may have 7 to allow missed session make-up flexibility).

  • $85 for each group 2-hour session

  • Book four group sessions -$80 

  • Book 5 or more group sessions -$75

  • Complimentary 10-minute Crisis/Containment Support between sessions.

  • CRPO, CCPA, RCC form Completion

Dyadic Options

  • Supervision provided year-round

  • Weekly, be-weekly, or monthly support

  • Availability 9 am - 5 pm Mon-Thurs

  • Bring a partner, or let me match you

  • Fees are for 55 min
  • $85 per person 
  • Reduced Individual rates if you are also doing Dyadic supervision
  • Complimentary 10-minute Crisis/Containment support between sessions.
  • CRPO, CCPA, RCC form Completion
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Individual Options

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  • Weekly, be-weekly, or monthly support

  • Availability 9 am - 5 pm M-Thurs

  • Fees are for 50 minutes
  • up to $160
  • ​Reduced Rates for interns and new grads just starting to build income
  • Reduced rates, if combined with Dyadic/Group supervision
  • Complimentary 10-min Crisis/Containment support between sessions.
  • CRPO, CCPA, RCC form Completion
CRPO Supervision Information
 
  • The CRPO "recommends that a newer practitioner such as an RP(Qualifying) registrant receive approximately one hour of clinical supervision per week while a more experienced practitioner such as an RP working toward independent practice should receive a minimum of approximately one hour every two weeks" (March 2024 Communiqués). 
  • There is no requirement to do any group supervision to attain CRPO registration. All supervision can be individual or dyadic. However, if you choose to do some group supervision, you cannot do more than 50% of your supervision hours in a group format. (Groups must have no more than 8 participants). Insight-Online limits groups to You can mix and match individual/dyadic/group supervision.
  • Once members achieve RP status (450 DCC hours, 100 hours supervision), the CRPO recommends one hour biweekly, at least 50% of which must be individual or dyadic.
  • Once RPs have achieved 1000 hours of direct client contact and 150 hours of clinical supervision, they may apply to practice independently.​
  • Yorkville Students CAN use group supervision as part of their 200 INDIRECT HOURS. These hours can then be signed off for CRPO approval.

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Text or phone Kate 416-315-1418

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Email me: kate@insightneuropsychotherapy.ca

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