Clinical Supervision Hamilton
Rob offers clinical supervision for psychotherapists, social workers, and spiritual care workers, both new and experienced, whether you are a novice therapist looking to fulfil your hours to qualify for the college, or a seasoned counsellor looking to deepen your practice.
Rob’s approach to supervision is less about nitpicking about treatment protocols, and more about growing the person into the next phase of their maturity as a clinician. The general model is trans-theoretic, and oriented towards stages of change. The work of a therapist demands multiple dimensions of skill and versatility, and as most clinicians recognize, grad school only gives the most rudimentary beginnings to it all. Rob hopes, in supervision, to give the formation and mentorship that he wished he had in his earlier days as he was finding himself as a therapist.
Developing as a therapist is about finding a balance between the science and the art of healing. You can get the science in schools and continuing education trainings in all the different modalities out there, but integrating it all into your own unique, eclectic style often takes a huge amount of time and practice, not to mention insight. Clinical supervision, with creative evaluative measures and earnest integrity, can significantly reduce the challenges facing a counsellor, and provide crucial objectivity when dealing with difficult issues with clients and theoretical perspectives. Additionally, providing insight into professional and business tools is an essential part of learning in this field that is rarely touched upon in academic forums, and Rob recognizes that a good therapist is also a successful one who can therefore reach and help many people.
“What I love most about supervision is helping a person become a confident artist in their work, adept with many tools and blending them seamlessly in a relational way of being with the client that feels honest, intimate, and easy. You may know all the right ways to apply CBT or EMDR, but how you apply it, in a relational and human sense, is what provides the context for the greater part of healing, and certainly, the largest factor in not burning out. I am not here to teach you my way of doing things, but to help you find your own way. I want to help nurture clinicians who are on their way to becoming not just sufficient workers in a helping profession, but masterful healers who will create, in time, ripples of great change in their communities.”