Couples Therapy Supervision

Help Couples In Therapy

…without feeling like an Imposter

Couples Therapy Supervision – Weekly Online Group Meetings

  • Present a Couples Therapy case for discussion and direction
  • Learn from other cases presented
  • 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
Max 6 ppl per group
$75 pp, payment by e-transfer, no later than 24 hrs before
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.

“If you’re looking for a supervisor who has truly been there and done that, look no further than Elizabeth Lacey.”

“Elizabeth gave me professional support, mentorship and guidance when I saw couples in my practice. You can do all the training available, but nothing can prepare you for the reality of what couples bring to therapy. That is why her expertise, skill and wisdom were invaluable. In fact, while working under her supervision and seeing couples, I was rated as one of the Top 3 couples therapists in the city! Now, running a busy group practice, I have Elizabeth supervise my couples therapists.

– Jordan Thomas MSW RSW, Founder London Trauma Therapy

Confident Couples Therapist Workshop

Now Available for ON-DEMAND VIEWING

– On Demand Viewing
– Presentation Slides
– A Workbook
– Audio only for on-the-go listening
– FREE 30 Min. Supervision Consult Call

Hosted by Elizabeth Lacey RSW
This Workshop is For:
Couples Therapists in the first years of practice & Group Practice Owners with couples therapists

Perfect for couples therapist looking for direction and support in developing your way of doing couples therapy. In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • increase client retention rates and successful couples therapy outcomes
  • manage couples therapy dynamics
  • engage couples in regularly booked sessions
  • BE confident even when you don’t FEEL confident
  • be directive in order to reduce emotional intensity and content overload in sessions
  • avoid taking sides in couples work

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 often 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 couples therapy will help them.

Couples therapists – especially those new to the field, have their work cut out for them for sure! It’s important that you understand the feelings and experiences couples are presenting with. They need to know that you know what you’re doing (even if you’re not sure you do). Many are desperate for a solution and need a sense of hope for their relationship and their 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 – in simple, brief language will help them settle into that first session. It’s important to 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.

Remember they’re not at their best

They may resist at first, but as you establish yourself as a confident and compassionate 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 you knew how to handle them.

What Therapists Need

To practice in this way, couples therapists need support, direction and encouragement from a more experienced couples therapist in case consultation and clinical supervision. Being a directive leader can feel counterintuitive especially for therapists that haven’t worked with couples before or for very long and those that are quiet and gentle by nature. While finding your way as a compassionate yet directive leader I encourage therapists to “focus on being as gentle as possible and as firm as necessary.” Remember, being firm is not being mean. It is treating the couple with respect and expecting them to manage their emotional intensity and behaviour.

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 that are engaged in similar work and the opportunity to learn from each other. While you won’t give or receive clinical advice to peers (only supervisor does this) you’ll have interactions with peers and learn from each others questions and case presentations.

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:

  • become a confident and compassionate leader
  • manage and clarify clients (often unrealistic) expectations
  • manage the interactions between the partners
  • manage the amount of content and prevent content overload
  • set boundaries that keep the space safe and effective for you and them
  • set realistic goals with couples
  • do effective review sessions that celebrate progress and inform next steps
  • establish your own way/style of working with couples

Will you Join Me and Your Peers?

I hope you’ll join me and a group of your peers in a group designed specifically for Couples Therapists. You’ll have an opportunity to present a case and get direction and support and learn from the presentations of your peers.

When presenting a case please arrive prepared. You will get a monitored amount of time to ensure everyone that has a case to present gets enough time. Following case presentations, we have a 10-15 minute period for questions and to highlight key take aways.

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

Please schedule a Free 30 minute Consult Call with me before registering for a 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

THUR 9:30 am – 11 am & WED 12:15-1:45 PM Max. 6 PPL
$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. You don’t have to manage this alone.

I’m here to help you and to give you the support you need so you can keep doing the work you love. You will get the tools and guidance I wish I had when I was in your place learning to do the work. 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 as you learn from and encourage each other all within a space that invites you to celebrate your accomplishments. I hope you’ll join me – join us, on your thrilling adventure. You don’t have to do it alone 🙂 (just like you tell your clients).

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 and Business Mentoring for Couples’ Therapists. With phone and online counselling in London Ontario and Online throughout Ontario