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Couples Therapy Supervision

Supervision & Case Consultation Groups – Online

  • Present a Couples Therapy case for discussion, direction or debriefing
  • Learn from other cases presented and the direction given
  • Ask questions related to your couples therapy practice or clinical skill development
  • Connect with colleagues also doing couples therapy
  • 15 Minute Q & A Time

THURSDAYS 9:30 am – 11 am & WEDNESDAYS 12:15 – 1:45 PM (starts Feb 28,24)
Maximum 6 Couples Therapists per group
$75 per person, payment by e-transfer, no later than 24 hrs before group
Registration Required
*all participants must complete and return a signed supervision agreement before attending. Feel free to register then click the button below to request a copy of the supervision agreement.

Confident Couples Therapist Workshop

This 1.5 hour workshop is a LIVE Online Event. Next date TBD.

Hosted by Elizabeth Lacey RSW
This Workship is For: Couples Therapists in the first years of practice & Group Practice Owners with Couples Therapists on their team

Perfect for couples therapist looking for direction and support in managing couples therapy dynamics and engaging couples in regularly occurring sessions. You will learn about being confident and directive in order to reduce emotional intensity and content overload in session and how to avoid taking sides in couples work.  Using a plan that works for you and your clients you will increase your effectiveness and your confidence.

Confident Couples Therapist workshop ticket for Nov 13, 23 with Elizabeth Lacey

Are you a Couple’s Therapist?

The demand for Couple’s Therapy in Ontario is higher than ever. Increasingly those requesting therapy have more than one long standing issue and start therapy because something happened that is more uncomfortable than their resistance to starting therapy. Needless to say, these couples are not at their best. Many are skeptical about couples therapy, yet without other options they cling to the hope that it will help them.

The couples therapist, especially those new to the field have their work cut out for them for sure! More than ever, it is important that you understand the feelings these couples present with. They need to know that you know what you’re doing. Many are desperate for a solution and to find hope for their relationship and family.

Couples need a therapist that can manage them and create space for different ways of being together

Explaining how you work with couples, in a way that is tailored to their needs and in simple brief language will ease some of the tension. It’s important that you be directive with them and establish a balanced connection with each of them – without taking sides. You do this by being as gentle as possible and as firm as necessary. They may resist at first, but as you establish yourself as a confident and capable leader right from the start, they will recognize that you know what you’re doing. Most will tell you afterwards, how relieved they were that you didn’t “cave into the pressure and intensity they presented with.” However, they will also tell you that they only know this in hindsight and that they are grateful that knew how to handle them.

To practice in this way, couples therapists need support, direction and encouragement from an experienced couples therapist in case consultation or clinical supervision. Being a directive leader can feel counterintuitive especially for therapists that haven’t worked with couples before or ones that are quiet and gentle as a therapist.

It is essential that you have a space to process this work and how it affects you. And to develop your way of working with couples. Getting this support in a group setting has the added benefit of interactions with peers engaged in similar work and the opportunity to learn from each other.

With over 15 years experience in full time private practice as a Couples Therapist, I know what it takes to help couples in counselling. I am passionate about helping you get good at doing the work you love and taking care of yourself in the process.

What You’ll get in Clinical Supervision and Consultation

In clinical supervision and consultation, in addition to helping when you get stuck, I will help you:

  • be a confident leader in the room and manage clients initial resistance to this
  • manage clients (often unrealistic) expectations
  • manage the interactions between the couple and the amount of information presented for discussion
  • set boundaries that keep the space safe and effective for you and them
  • navigate realistic goal setting with reviews that celebrate progress and inform the next steps with couples
  • establish your own system for working with couples as a directive leader

Will you Join Me and Your Peers?

I hope you’ll join me and a group of your peers online in a bi-weekly clinical supervision and consultation group designed specifically for Couples Therapists. You’ll have an opportunity to present a case and get direction and support from me and learn from the presentations of others as well.

When presenting a case for supervision and consultation you are asked to arrive prepared (outline provided). You are given a monitored time limit to ensure equal opportunity for everyone. There will be a 10-15 minute period for questions following case presentations.

This is an experience you won’t want to miss! I hope to see you there.

Please schedule a Free 30 minute Consultation Call with me before registering for this group to ensure it is a good fit for you and the group you wish to attend. For this call bring a case to discuss or questions about your couples counselling practice and see how you feel talking with me about it.

Supervision & Case Consultation for Couples Therapists

THURSDAYS 9:30 am – 11 am Maximum 6 Couples Therapists
$75 per person, payment by e-transfer, no later than 24 hrs before group
Registration Required
*all participants must complete and return a signed supervision agreement before attending. Feel free to register then click the button below to request a copy of the supervision agreement.

Helping Couples Therapists “Do What they Love”

Couple’s Therapy is not for everyone. You know this. Your peers say, “I don’t know how you do it.” They pass you referrals like “hot potatoes” and you happily receive them. Until…. the heat get’s to be too much and you start feeling the unwanted symptoms of burnout that come when you don’t have enough, or the right kind of support.

I’m here to help you. I will give you the support you need so you can continue doing the work you love. I will give you the tools and guidance I wish I had when I was in your place learning to do the work I loved. Together we will build on your strengths and develop practices that work for you to manage the heat of couples counselling.

You’ll have peers that get it too. You can learn from and encourage each other as you walk into the fire separately but together and a place to gather and celebrate your accomplishments. I hope you’ll join me – join us, on your thrilling adventure. You don’t have to do it alone ๐Ÿ™‚ (just like you tell your clients).

My Approach to Supervision and Consultation

  • direction tailored to each person’s level of skill, needs, goals and learning process
  • feedback offered in ways that honour and encourage the receiver
  • manageable, realistic and achievable goals in doable steps
  • I offer and maintain a safe space for learning, vulnerability, strength and to support growth
  • I encourage peer interaction, celebration of wins and the feelings that go along with it

Start with a FREE 30 Min. Consult Call
with Supervisor Elizabeth Lacey MSW RSW as see what you think.

“I met with Elizabeth for supervision and she was fantastic! She provided great insight and created a safe space to share with her. If you are looking for a supervisor who can guide and support you in a caring and constructive way, Elizabeth is perfect for the job.”

Individual & Dyadic Supervision and Consultation

Individual and Dyadic (2 people) Supervision & Case Consultation
Elizabeth Lacey MSW RSW Online using Zoom.
Individual Supervision – $175 per hour
Dyadic Supervision – $87.50 per person, per hour

Read More About Elizabeth Lacey MSW RSW here

Oakridge Counselling specializes in Counselling for Women and Clinical Supervision for Couples’ Therapists. With phone and online counselling in London Ontario and Online Services throughout Ontario

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