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Shawna Fishman, LMFT, LAC Supervisor

Shawna Fishman, LMFT, LAC 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Congratulations on taking the next step on your journey to becoming a licensed therapist. You have chosen an exciting and rewarding career. I feel privileged to have had several amazing supervisors over the years who have helped me shape the clinician I have become. Finding the right supervisor for you is just as important as finding the right therapist. I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have had to supervise therapists early in their careers. I would be honored to join you on your journey.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. I have over 25 years of experience as a therapist and over 10 years as a clinical supervisor. My approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that every person is innately whole. However, trauma and emotional wounds cloud our natural ability to feel at peace with ourselves. I believe that supervision is a collaborative process where I will support and guide you to uncover your own wisdom as a therapist. My approach is direct, kind, non-judgmental, and strength-based.

My experience as a clinician includes work with adults, children and adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. I also have experience running groups. I have been trained in several therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye Movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic experiencing (SE), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Family systems therapy, and Positive psychology.

The clinical issues I have encountered include but are not limited to mood disorders, substance use disorders/addiction, borderline personality disorder, adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, women's issues, LGBTQ issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, parenting, infidelity, and life-stage transitions.

Qualifications 

  • School: Pepperdine University
  • Year Graduated: 1991
  • Degree:  M.A. in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy
  • License and State: MFT0001280 Colorado

Nature of Supervision

The purpose of clinical supervision is to monitor and ensure the welfare of clients, promote the development of supervisees' clinical and professional identity, evaluate the competence of supervisees and fulfill requirements for licensure. It is my belief that as a supervisor I must meet the developmental needs of the supervisee. I often alternate between roles based on the needs of the supervisee. In the beginning, I may take a more direct feedback approach, and as the supervisee gains more experience, my role may change into a more collaborative approach.

In my supervision, I require that students are directly observed by myself while providing counseling services to clients (known as "telesupervision"). This is to occur one time every three months on a date agreed upon between the supervisor and the supervisee. Tele-supervision is to occur a total of eight times during the span of the two-year supervision experience. The supervisee is required to obtain written permission from their client prior to the telesupervision taking place and have the signed document uploaded into the client's file.

During the course of completing 100 supervision hours there are two formats that can be implemented (upon availability):

  1. Individual Clinical Supervision: A primary supervisory relationship where the clinical work of the supervisee is under the direct, ongoing, and careful supervision of the supervisor. This will take place either in person or virtually as agreed upon by the supervisor and supervisee.
  2. Group Clinical Supervision: An adjunctive supervisory relationship where the clinical work of the supervisee is discussed in a group setting. The focus of group supervision is to provide additional support, direction, and feedback within the context of a group of professionals practicing similar types of clinical work. This will take place either in person or virtually as agreed upon by the supervisor and the supervisees.
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