Clinical Supervision for When a Different Perspective is Needed
While we may try to deny it, even helping professionals can get stuck. From burnout, to challenges in one’s personal life, to simply needing an outside perspective of what is happening within the therapeutic relationship with their clients, there are a number of reasons why outside support may be needed. That is why I provide professional supervision to music therapists and other therapists who want to engage in a different style of clinical supervision.
With a desire to help cultivate the next generation of helping professionals, I also provide supervision to music therapy and counseling students in the Metro Denver area. However, I do not provide music therapy clinical practicums or internships at this time.
A Contemplative and Creative Arts Approach to Clinical Supervision
Approaching a difficult situation from a contemplative or creative mindset can yield insights that might otherwise be unknown if one relied solely on their “thinking mind.” That is because problems sometimes require that we take a step back from the situation so that we can see a bigger picture of what is happening. By taking a contemplative and creative arts approach to the supervision process and to the supervisory relationship, we will work together in helping you tap into your own wisdom and knowing. Coming to a place of greater knowing, you can move forward in a fulfilling, positive direction.
Examples of how contemplative practices and the creative arts may be incorporated into the supervision session include:
- Mindfulness Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness meditation in sitting or walking forms can help us come into the present moment more directly. From a place of grounded awareness, we can approach the situation with greater curiosity, acceptance, and compassion.
- Improvising: Improvising can take the form of vocal improvisation or instrumental improvisation. The instrumentation we utilize is determined by you and what you think the situation requires. The music we create together serves as a form of communication, where your mind can be focused, yet free to explore possibilities within the music.
- Music Listening and Lyric Analysis: A precomposed song can sometimes provide another perspective of a person and what they find important. By listening to a song that you determine as representing your unique circumstances, we can than explore deeper meanings and insights through engaging in lyric analysis.
Contact me to find out more about the supervision services I provide.