The process of supervision mirrors that of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in that it is held within the frame of a relationship. Within this context trust and vulnerability unfold over time, which allows for the free flow of thoughts, feelings, and associations. This material is examined for the conscious and unconscious articulations of the patient’s conflicts, imaginings, and yearnings as well as for the therapist’s affective and cognitive responses to them. Discussion is then possible regarding the if, when, and how of intervention. Just as each psychotherapeutic relationship is a unique construction, so too is each supervisory relationship.
Although grounded in Freudian theory, I would describe my clinical style as eclectic, incorporating aspects of object relations theory, self-psychology, and relational theory. Additionally, I tend to listen to patient material through a developmental lens which can help elucidate areas of developmental arrest.
My particular clinical interests include the phenomena and utility of somatic countertransference, the existence of dissociative states in the patient and analyst, the relationship between the creative and analytic process, and the exploration of non-phallic, embodied experience and representations in practice and in the literature.