clinical supervision for counselors and social workers in Colorado and Washington
As a mental health therapist or counselor, you're struggling with figuring out the best approach for your clients and you're looking for someone to help. Perhaps you want to learn more about different theoretical orientations and intervention strategies to increase your clinical effectiveness. Or you're searching for quality clinical supervision to expand on the skills that you already have. Maybe you're new to the field and are looking for licensure supervision, or you're working in a place that doesn't offer much in the way of clinical support. You might even be a more experienced therapist but feeling isolated and wanting mentorship, burnout prevention, or clinical consultation. If any of the above describes you, you're in the right place. We can help.
Clinical supervision and clinical consultation for therapists, social workers, and counselors working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and older adults. Our clinical specialties include:
Our clinical supervisors and consultants provide supervision in various settings including private practice, agencies, non-profits, community mental health, hospitals, and schools, in these areas:
Solution focused brief therapy
Crisis & emergency work
What is the difference between clinical supervision and clinical consultation?
Clinical supervision is for licensure-candidate counselors and social workers such as LPCCs, LMHCAs, LMSWs and LSWs. Clinical consultation is for therapists who can practice independently and are already licensed, like LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs and LPCs.
LPCCs, LMHCAs, and LSWs: Quality clinical supervision for a licensure-candidate counselor or social worker can be difficult to find. You may have searched through various networking groups, asked colleagues, or contacted an ex-supervisor only to find out they are not providing what you are looking for. You need an effective, consistent, and experienced clinical supervisor who has specific training in providing clinical supervision. You’re also looking for someone you can learn and grow professionally from, and who can support you in making good therapy choices for your clients. Finding everything that you want in one person can be quite challenging! Based in Denver, our experienced clinical supervisors offer LPCC clinical supervision, LMHCA clinical supervision, and LSW clinical supervision throughout Colorado and Washington.
LPCs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs, LPs: Clinical consultation for beginning to advanced-level licensed counselors, psychologists and social workers can also be difficult to discover. You’re working in the field, managing your career and/or developing your caseload, but the work can be challenging at times. You have some difficult cases that you could use some formal consultation on, but you’re not sure where to look for this type of support. You want someone who is plenty experienced in working with licensed counselors and social workers to help you continue to grow, offer case consultation, and help you manage burnout. Based in Denver, our clinical supervisors offer online LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, and LP clinical consultation throughout Colorado, Washington and any state that you are independently licensed in.
Individual supervision and group supervision options:
Whether you're looking for individual supervision/consultation, group supervision/consultation, or a combination of both, we offer it all! You get to choose your primary supervisor from our list of trained and experienced supervisors, and that will be your main supervisor or consultant. Together you will determine the best course of supervision or consultation for yourself to fulfill your supervision goals and professional consultation needs!
Individual supervision & consultation:
If you are looking for individual clinical supervision or clinical consultation, you will set a regular time either weekly, biweekly or monthly to meet with your chosen supervisor, review your supervision or consultation goals, and get started developing the supervisory relationship.
Individual clinical supervision and consultation give you the opportunity to review clinical cases in depth, develop your personal therapeutic style, and refine your theoretical orientation(s). We can also help with program development and burnout prevention.
Our trained and experienced clinical supervisors continue to receive their own clinical consultation in various areas, because we believe in lifelong learning and ongoing professional growth.
Group supervision & consultation:
We also offer group clinical supervision and group clinical consultation for counselors and social workers throughout Colorado and Washington. If you are interested in our group supervision options, to either supplement your individual supervision or just attend group supervision, you have the option of joining one of our supervision or consultation groups.
Each supervision or consultation group contains up to 4 members so that everyone gets a chance to present cases, receive feedback, and discuss common clinical themes. Supervision groups are created based on your specializations/clinical areas of practice and your experience as a therapist.
Contact us for a free phone consultation to see which group would be a good fit for you!
Our Approach to Clinical Supervision and Clinical Consultation:
Clinical supervision and consultation in Colorado and Washington serve several purposes in the mental health field. We believe that the goals of supervision and consultation are to provide a safe and confidential place for supervisees to reflect on, review, and progress in their professional fields, and to explore personal responses to your work. Meeting with a clinical supervisor in Denver or online in Colorado or Washington supports personal and professional development, learning new skills, and offering a place to explore parallel processes happening between supervisees and their clients. Clinical consultation also offers a chance to grow your skills as a licensed professional, with a more experienced clinician.
LPCCs: Clinical supervision is required for licensure-candidates in the state of Colorado, and all LPCCs are required to obtain 2000 clinically-supervised hours of work post-master’s degree within a minimum of 24 months, prior to applying for an LPC. A total of 100 hours of supervision is required from a licensed supervisor, with 70 of those hours face-to-face. While many agencies offer free or paid clinical supervision, there are many others that do not. If you are in private practice or work at an agency doing clinical work that does not provide clinical supervision, you may be looking for a clinical supervisor. We offer LPCC individual supervision and LPCC group supervision.
LMHCAs: Licensure-candidate LMHCAs are required to have clinical supervision in the state of Washington. All LMHCAs are required to obtain 3000 hours of clinically supervised work or 36 months of full-time clinical work prior to apply for an LMHC. A total of 100 hours of supervision is required from an Approved Supervisor in Washington, with 1200 hours being direct client work with individuals, couples, groups or families. If you are searching for a clinical supervisor, we offer LMHCA individual supervision and group supervision that can count towards your indirect client hours.
LSWs: For all licensed social workers, clinical supervision is required in the state of Colorado, and all LSWs are required to obtain 3,360 clinically-supervised hours of work post-master's degree within a minimum of 24 months, prior to applying for an LCSW. A total of 96 hours of supervision is required from a licensed supervisor, at least 48 of which must be face-to-face individual supervision. In addition, at least half of your 3,360 clinically-supervised hours of work must involve treatment diagnosis, assessment, testing, or counseling. If you are doing clinical work at an agency or private practice that does not offer clinical supervision, you are likely searching for a clinical supervisor. Your options include individual LSW clinical supervision and LSW group supervision.
LPCs, LMHCs, LMFTs, LPs and LCSWs: Even if you are already licensed as an LPC, LMHC, LMFT, LP or LCSW, it is good practice to have regular clinical consultation or supervision. Working in private practice, or at a job that provides little clinical support, can very quickly lead to burn-out or even you working outside of your scope of practice if you do not have adequate clinical consultation. Supervision can be a powerful, trans-formative experience, much like therapy itself, with the right fit between therapist and an experienced supervisor. Our licensed clinical supervisors invest in their own ongoing clinical consultation because we believe in the value and investment of good clinical supervision.
clinical supervision models we utilize:
At Firelight Supervision, we specialize in providing clinical supervision and consultation to licensure-candidate therapists and social workers, and therapists and social workers who are already licensed. Our supervision and consultation is safe, confidential, and professional. We value personal and professional growth, skills development, and the evolution of insight, and we provide this within the confines of the supervisee-supervisor relationship.
As a supervisee, you can expect to be heard, challenged, and supported throughout the supervision process, regardless of what model your supervisor is drawing from.
We draw from a variety of supervision models, including:
Skills Based Model – This is a client focused model with the goal of skills acquisition such as case conceptualization and intervention strategies.
Personal Growth Model – This is a therapist focused model with the goals of increasing insight and awareness of how personal issues affect therapeutic relationships. The focus is on the development of a counselor as a person.
Process Oriented Method – This is a process focused method with the goals of helping supervisees integrate skills and personal awareness to help facilitate effective relationships with clients. Parallel processes are identified and worked through, and conceptualization on a big-picture level is emphasized.
Psychotherapy Based Models – This model follows the framework and techniques of the specific psychotherapy model/theory being practiced by the supervisee and supervisor. Examples of such would be cognitive behavioral therapy supervision or person-centered supervision.
Developmental Model – This model conceptualizes the supervisee as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced counselor, and the supervisor adjusts interventions accordingly. There are progressive stages from novice to expert, and each stage has discrete characteristics and skills.
Each of our trained clinical supervisors draws from the above models as needed, and fits supervision needs to your unique self as a counselor.
Why choose us:
We are passionate about your growth and development as a professional in the counseling and mental health field. Whether you are just starting out on your clinical career or have been in the field for years, we want to support you in your sustainability in the field, providing high quality and ethical clinical care to your clients, and exploring alternative career opportunities. All of our supervisors have "been there, done that" and have extensive experience in a variety of different settings and populations.
We also offer a community of learners through our twice a month email newsletters that provide you with helpful clinical tips, career advice, and short articles about pertinent supervision and consultation concerns. We also highlight one therapist per month to help create connection and increase awareness of your clinical work. We are excited to welcome you to our supervision and consultation team and cannot wait to get started working with you!
other services available at catalyss counseling:
Catalyss Counseling is a group therapy practice that focuses on meeting adults counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide depression counseling, anxiety treatment, therapy for caregiver stress, grief and loss therapy, stress management counseling and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum depression or anxiety, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.