In the state of Texas in order to obtain your LPC or LCSW clinical license you must complete 3000 hours of clinically relevant work under clinical supervision.
You will be cutting your clinical teeth at this stage of your career, which is why choosing a clinical supervisor will play an impactful role in your career, your clinical advancement, and can be one of your strongest advocates related to your future success.
Clinical supervision is best defined as a formal and professional working alliance that is generally between a more experienced and a less experienced clinician. In this alliance, the supervisee’s clinical work is reviewed and reflected upon, counter-transference experiences are explored, and the supervisee’s clinical skill sets are developed and enriched with a variety of aims. These include improving the supervisee’s efficacy with clients, protecting client welfare, providing clinical support and growth for the supervisee, and supporting the supervisee’s professional development.
When choosing a supervisor it’s important to first consider where your clinical strengths lie, where you would like to grow as a practitioner, what theoretical and development orientations are meaningful for you, and where you want to ultimately be professionally.
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I am an LCSW supervisor and an LPC supervisor with over 25 years of work in the field of Social Work. I’ve owned a private practice for over 15 years, and have supervised LMSWs and LPC-Interns for the past 10 years.
My clinical background is broad and varied, and includes work at the following:
- Darden Hills Foster Care
- Child Protective Services
- Williamson County Juvenile Probation
- Hays Council on Alcohol and Drug abuse
- The Austin State Hospital
- Central Texas Counseling
- The Lawyers Assistance Program
- The University of Texas Counseling Center
- The Texas Pharmacy Board
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- The Worker’s Assistance Program
- Capital Area Counseling
My supervision framework
What can I say; after 3 months of being an associate I had a caseload of 15-20 clients. I averaged between 5-7 referrals a week from the practice and I’m currently doing exceptional well in my career. I value growth both clinically and professionally and I have gotten that in spades.
I adhere to many of the core values that are represented in the majority of the healing professions. Values such as non-judgment, staying curious, continually learning and growing, a clients right to self-determination, and remaining strengths-based. This also includes looking at how culture, experiences of oppression, and systemic factors influence people, “starting where the client is”, and practicing in an ethically- informed way are each incorporated in my practice model.
I am a client-centered and Rogerian counselor at heart, with a heavy psycho-dynamic influence. I draw from other theoretical perspectives as well including, existential, relational, self-psychology, attachment, developmental psychology, modern-analytic, object-relations, jungian, transpersonal, and eastern.
Although, I shared some of my theoretical propensity, I consider myself much more of an assessment driven clinician than a theory driven practitioner. I work to help supervisees enhance their assessment skills, become even more attuned to their client’s needs and enhance their ability to deepen their work with clients. I encourage conversations regarding counter-transference and explore various techniques and ways to utilize your experiences in the room.
I work to offer simple yet impactful interventions that can help your sessions readily progress and create more clinical momentum. I take the role of supervisor seriously and also embrace opportunities for my own learning and influence from each member of the practice. I feel privileged to be able to practice psychotherapy and believe this profession to be a beautiful blend of art and skill.
When we are relatively new practitioners we want to focus on “starting where the client is” but as we develop a more advanced clinical skillset we also begin to strengthen our ability to know “where we are too”. By growing in confidence, enhancing your clinical wisdom, and helping you see the forest for the trees, supervision offers the opportunity to significantly advance your ability to truly help people.
Being a skilled clinician can require the focus of a surgeon, the improvisational skills of an actor, and the mindfulness of a monk. The path to becoming a skilled clinician is a developmental path, an interesting path, and a challenging path at times. It is the quintessential hero’s journey, labyrinth, or way of becoming. Everyone’s journey is unique and powerful in its own right.
As a supervisee you’ll receive
- Weekly individual supervision
- Bi-monthly group supervision
- Access to your supervisor throughout the day and into the night, if needed
- Being a part of a proven post-graduate system that will help you create a thriving practice
- Flexible hours
- Beautifully furnished office space
- Solid client referral stream
- Practice development
- Highlighted spot on the practice website to include your own video introduction
- Access to a professional marketing team
- Photo shoots
- Internet access
- Business consultation
- Networking events
- An opportunity to “interview” past associates
- Being part of a very supportive and enthusiastic team of skilled clinicians
What I offer and how you can benefit
The practice of Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates serves as an all encompassing and supportive private practice environment. Here supervisees can utilize their strengths, clinically mature, and establish themselves as professionals in the central Texas community.
In turn you will receive the following:
- You don’t have to wait to start a private practice
- You’ll get referrals
- You can earn a viable income in private practice as an LMSW or LPC-Intern
- You receive mentoring while being a part of a thriving practice
- You get support and infrastructure
- You get the benefits of clients branding, and advertising
- You receive flexibility and ability to cultivate your own clinical interests
- When you receive your LCSW or LPC you can take your clients with you
“I started working with Louis after a year of post-graduate work in agencies and treatment centers. Although I was giving up the stability of agency work, I could sense the eventual burn out and feelings of professional dissatisfaction if I stayed on my current path. I was ready to start practicing psychotherapy in an emotionally and financially sustainable way. After almost two years as an Associate Psychotherapist under Louis Laves-Webb’s supervision, I felt confident and prepared for the challenge of independent private practice as an LPC. Louis and my fellow associate psychotherapists are among my most trusted colleagues, and I feel supported every day by the personal and professional skills I acquired during my time there.
In clinical supervision Louis advocated for development of emotional responsibility, self-regulation, and strong assessment skills. He emphasized strengthening my capacity to sit with clients no matter what they brought into the room. Although this sounds simple, to cultivate these abilities I often had to confront my own blind spots, assumptions, and subconscious/unconscious “stuff” in supervision. Because Louis practices what he preaches, it was easy for me to trust his feedback, even when It was challenging to hear. And, I was able to use my experience of working through discomfort in supervision to help me work through clinical challenges with clients.
Working with Louis has given me a solid start in the process of becoming the clinician I want to be. I have the confidence, skill, experience, and community I need to thrive and grow professionally for years to come.”
Rachel Patterson, MA, LPC
“Starting a private practice can be intense for well established psychotherapists and completely overwhelming for new practitioners. Working at Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates has been an incredible opportunity to gain clinical wisdom and learn how to start my own practice.
Louis is an incredible supervisor and psychotherapist. He provides weekly individual and biweekly group supervision. He is gifted in guiding one’s clinical development, which I have experienced and witnessed in the other Associates. He is talented at holding the space for the emotional work of becoming a psychotherapist while challenging and pushing one to grow clinically. He also brings his insight, experience and different perspectives to supervision that have added value to my practice.
Not only will I leave feeling confident in my ability as a psychotherapist and business owner, I will have a network of incredible clinicians that I can turn to for consult, referrals, and support. I have not heard of another opportunity that provides such a strong foundation to help new practitioners build a private practice.”
“Being a good supervisor is hard. It means not just listening well and validating, but also probing and exploring. It means simultaneously assessing both the case your supervisee is presenting, and also that supervisee’s capacity and level of development. It means caring enough to challenge your supervisee, albeit in a supportive way.
This is what Louis does. He supervised me for two and a half years. He rolls up his sleeves for every session. He helped me see things about myself that I needed to address in order to be an excellent therapist. With his depth-oriented, psychodynamic, approach, he illuminated me on the important role of the unconscious.
When I presented client cases to him, he would quickly come up with questions and interpretations that I would not have arrived at on my own. Louis made me feel that he believed in me, while also guiding me towards areas for growth. I’m a better therapist and a better person than I was when we first started working together.”
Supervision with Louis is intense. Initially, this may seem daunting. In truth, this is precisely what is needed to engender supervisees with the insight, resilience, flexibility, and confidence to transition gracefully into independent private practice. Louis guides supervisees through a process of self-discovery by way of in-depth exploration of the intersections of the clinical, personal, and entrepreneurial.
Louis offers supervisees motivation with accountability; support with responsibility; and encouragement with conscientiousness. I believe Louis has a unique supervision style that has spurred growth in areas that were not examined as closely in the past. With six months of supervision remaining, before I begin my transition into full clinical licensure and independent practice, I feel confident in my ability to earn a living while practicing competently and ethically and offering a valuable range of services to my clients.
It is difficult to imagine a more ideal situation for masters-level clinicians who feel passionately about their own independence and about offering psychotherapy in private practice. In short: Louis has helped me to come into my own as a psychotherapist, and nothing less is required of clinicians who choose to practice independently.
Patrick Turbiville, LMSW
“Working with Louis has given me a solid start in the process of becoming the clinician I want to be. I have the confidence, skill, experience, and community I need to thrive and grow professionally for years to come.”
Rachel Patterson, MA, LPC
“When I presented client cases to him, he would quickly come up with questions and interpretations that I would not have arrived at on my own. Louis made me feel that he believed in me, while also guiding me towards areas for growth. I’m a better therapist and a better person than I was when we first started working together.”
“Louis is an incredible supervisor and psychotherapist. He is gifted in guiding one’s clinical development, which I have experienced and witnessed in the other Associates. He is talented at holding the space for the emotional work of becoming a psychotherapist while challenging and pushing one to grow clinically. He also brings his insight, experience and different perspectives to supervision that have added value to my practice.”
“What can I say; after 3 months of being an associate I had a caseload of 15-20 clients. I averaged between 5-7 referrals a week from the practice and I’m currently doing exceptional well in my career. I value growth both clinically and professionally and I have gotten that in spades.”
With six months of supervision remaining, before I begin my transition into full clinical licensure and independent practice, I feel confident in my ability to earn a living while practicing competently and ethically and offering a valuable range of services to my clients.
Patrick Turbiville, LMSW
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