My goal is to provide a collaborative, non-judgmental space where supervisees can work to discover areas of their practice where they would like to change, grow, and gently uncover their professional identity. I believe supervision is based on the relationship between myself and the supervisee where I serve as a case consultant, advisor, teacher, and guide.
I am committed to taking the time to develop curiosity about supervisees and assist them in the most supportive way. I provide a curriculum for each of my supervisees that I can tailor depending on your professional needs and areas of interest. Generally, supervisees who are self-led, highly motivated, and invested in their own growth are a good fit with me. I utilize a combination of methods during supervision including case studies, worksheets, readings, didactic/lecture, books, podcasts, documentaries, role-play, and experiential learning.
Often, issues arise in the supervision environment that are also occurring in supervisee's life, and we can experiment together to find new ways of being and interacting in the world. This can, at times, be uncomfortable, however my experience is that it enriches and is therefore a necessary part of the supervision process.
My theoretical orientation is relational, Gestalt, existential, somatic, feminist and person-centered. I specialize in grief and loss, trauma, body image issues, divorce, sexual issues, relationship issues, illness and end-of-life, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ* related issues, anti-racism and stress management.
I am aware of my whiteness and queerness and am committed to talking openly about how our social locations (as well as the social locations of populations we each serve) are impacting the work we do together. I am a fat positive, poly-friendly, kink-aware and alternative lifestyle friendly therapist. I have worked as a medical social worker in the hospital, oncology, and hospice settings, all both inpatient and outpatient. I am certified in Gestalt Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy. (I also have a certificate in Clinical Social Work Supervision through Temple University Harrisburg.)
I loved my time in supervision with Kelly. She has direct experience in the field in which I currently work, which was a huge asset to our sessions, and allowed more time for processing and support. She has a heart of gold, and never missed an opportunity to remind me of my worth or encourage me to relish in my victories, whether big or small. She also wasn't afraid to challenge me, and help me identify areas where I can grow and do more for myself and my patients. We spent our sessions processing tough cases, exploring new techniques, focusing on career development, and discussing readings/films of both her and my choosing. One of my favorite parts of supervision with Kelly was when she would incorporate somatic exercises or guided meditations. She encompassed a holistic approach to her work that I found refreshing and practical.
I will always feel grateful to have had time developing a clinical foundation with Kelly as a guide. I have so many thoughts... I think one of the biggest things I took away from working with Kelly, was insight into my tendency (and the tendency of so many people drawn to a profession like social work) to ‘pick up what’s not mine’... to do other people’s work for them, to fix things that aren’t my responsibility, to help in ways that might alleviate tension in the short term, when that tension was actually needed to serve a purpose that might help in the long-run. Not that I do this perfectly, but that foundation of healthy boundaries has been so helpful to me in my new position (and I think it sets me apart from some of my colleagues in a way that I’m really proud of). Also. Kelly's group structure is onnnnnnnn point. The current group I’m in is kind of a disaster - definitely makes me miss her leadership!
As a clinical supervisor, Kelly is the epitome of leading by example. She modeled what being a good clinician means throughout our sessions, providing me with so many ‘a-ha’ moments where the theory and content I had learned in school was embodied within our supervisory relationship. She held space for me and my work in a way that I now try to emulate for my patients. I felt validated, seen, and supported, while also being challenged to grow as a clinician and held accountable for maintaining healthy boundaries with colleagues, supervisors, and patients. She managed to be both highly professional in terms of organization, structure, and scheduling, while cultivating an intimate and genuine space where her supervisees could be their truest selves. She had a strong foundation of knowledge of medical social work and end-of-life/grief counseling, and her Gestalt background was so helpful in our meetings. Kelly held space for my feelings, my stress, and my anxieties, and helped me develop into a more confident, skilled clinician. I can’t recommend her highly enough.