Within my clinical supervision and consultation practice I specialize in trauma therapy, counselling and art therapy competency development and supervision to counsellors in working in rural, remote, northern and indigenous communities.  I work with clients in British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta and Saskatchewan. All of the work I do is offered online so that you can access services easily and conveniently from your virtual office space.

The clinicians I work with range in experience levels: from early career therapists seeking supervision hours for registration (with CATA, CCPA, BCACC, etc.) to those who are far along in their career path and are seeking to rejuvenate their practice.

Many access clinical supervision to assist with the following challenges:

  • Stress in agency or private practice
  • Managing symptoms of secondary stress phenomenon such as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and/or burn out symptoms
  • Moral injury and ethical decision making
  • Early career therapists seeking support and guidance
  • Support in starting a private practice
  • Managing professional and personal isolation
  • Desire to advance clinical skills
  • Worry about clients outside of work which can manifest as pre-occupation distraction, sleep disturbance
  • Managing the challenges and practice issues that accompany rural and northern practice
  • Art therapy supervisees often review client artwork to gain deeper insight into art therapeutic process; this may include discussion of new and unique art directives
  • Professional isolation that sometimes accompanies clinical work in northern, remote or rural contexts

Although my approach includes an orientation towards strength-based feminist supervision principals, I work to meet your unique needs and goals. 

Some of benefits reported from engagement in supervision are as follows:

  • Concrete actions, resources and tools that can be immediately applied to case work
  • Provision of resources, literature and psycho-educational material
  • Discussion and review of protocols for clinical files and note writing
  • Advancement of skills and competency development
  • Emotional support
  • Confidence, validation and a recognition of the skills that you already bring to the practice
  • Increased awareness of the skill areas that may be ripe for development
  • Creation of a professional development plan
  • Awareness and separation of personal triggers from client issues
  • Assistance in managing burnout which can support longevity in the field
  • Increased energy that can be put towards enjoying and being fulfilled in your work
  • Personal growth
  • Completion of post-graduate supervision hours for registration with:
    • Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
    • British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA)
    • British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselling (BCACC)
    • Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)
    • Alberta Counselling Therapy Association / College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA / CCTA)

What I bring to the work with you:

 A very deep well of passion and whole-hearted belief in the value of clinical supervision. I have relied heavily on work with wonderful and competent supervisors during some very difficult times in my career. I found this process invaluable in terms of supporting my professional work and my own personal wellness. I believe that therapy is actually a triadic process that involves client, counsellor and supervisor; without the latter, a critical piece of the work is missing.

  • Experience teaching at 4 graduate institutions which keeps me in contact with literature on counselling and supervision research including what works and current best practices.
  • This also helps me to stay in touch with what therapists are concerned about
  • It helps me to assess and differentiate developmental levels in the learning journey and to know what therapists might need at different stages.
  • I have conducted mixed methods doctoral research in which I have systematically looked into what counsellors across the career span are looking for in clinical supervision and what they report as being helpful. This supports me in working from a counsellor-focused perspective in clinical supervision.
  • I have spent the majority of my own career in rural and remote contexts and I understand the unique challenges and gifts that come with these contexts.
  • Graduate training in Art Therapy and in Sandplay Therapy
  • Graduate training in Transcultural Psychiatry
  • Graduate training Counselling Psychology
  • Fifteen 15 years of front-line clinical experience working cross-culturally with complex trauma including work with immigrant and refugee families and work with indigenous communities across the northern and interior regions of British Columbia.
  • Work experience in a broad variety of contexts including Employee and Family Assistance Programs, insurance companies, government, non-profit community based and academic environments
  • Ten years of experience supervising professional and para-professional mental health counsellors and art therapists in a variety of work-place settings and at varying stages of career development.
  • Experience as a contracted supervisor for multiple non-profit agencies across British Columbia.
  • Experience teaching graduate counselling and art therapy practicum students in British Columbia and Alberta
  • Continuing education training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Somatic Experiencing Trauma, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Doctoral studies in how technology intersects with clinical supervision, clinical education and online learning.

How I work:

 The clinical consultation work I do with you is offered through online through encrypted video-conferencing technology. 

 Online consultations are booked by email and held through VSee.com

  • Phone sessions can also be arranged
  • Afternoon and evening time slots available
  • We usually begin by looking at what goals you would like to accomplish in your work with me.
  • A plan might include scheduling sessions to meet the required hours for registration, or it might include identifying skill areas or stressors that you would like to address to enhance your professional life.
  • This could also include specific competency areas that you might want to address as you work towards registration or licensing with a professional body (CCPA, ACTA-CCTA, BCACC, CATA, BCATA).
  • At the beginning of each session I ask you to bring a series of questions that you might want to address. We set the agenda and use your time efficiently address your inquiries.
  • With client permission and the use of appropriate and secure technology review of live and /or video-taped sessions may be possible.
  • With client permission, Art Therapy supervisees may want to use session time to review client artwork
  • Payment is made via online banking.
  • My hourly rate is $126.00 gst included.

To book a consultation contact me at (250) 847-0390 or email m_slipp@hushmail.com