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Corpus Christi LPC Intern Supervision

Cathy Armstrong, RN,MS, LPC-S

If you are looking an LPC Intern Supervisor with extensive mental health experience with flexible hours to fit your busy schedule with work, continuing education needs, and family life-- Please consider me as your supervisor! Phone: (361) 688-8200

Promoting competence, skills building, and confidence in the areas of:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy  Cognitive behavioral therapy follows the belief that when we change our thoughts this can have direct impact and influence on our emotions and our behaviors and actions. Aaron T. Beck, the psychiatrist thought to be considered to be the father of cognitive therapy, taught that a person’s thinking pattern are usually established in childhood and that certain cognitive errors could lead to distress and unhappiness.

CBT helps clients to unlearn negative reactions and learn new, positive emotional and behavioral responses to challenging and stressful situations. Clients are taught steps to take to break down overwhelming problems into small manageable parts and are taught to set short term goals that are reachable and attainable. Clients are shown ways to explore and challenge their thinking patterns that are no longer working for them and the therapist helps the person in treatment realize that their ways of thinking, feeling and reacting in challenging situations can be changed to have a happier and more positive outcome for the greater good of the client. Changing attitudes and behaviors can help clients learn ways to deal with specific problems and concerns in positive and productive ways.

CBT is a structured educational approach to build a therapeutic relationship where the client attending therapy benefits from a collaborative relationship and is able to disclose personal issues without fear of being judged and is helped to understand the issues creating distress without being told what to do and which choices to make.

CBT incorporates a variety of therapeutic tools to help evaluate emotional patterns and states. Homework assignments are common. Clients are encouraged to journal, participle in relaxation exercises,mindfulness, taught to challenge their own thoughts and identity when they are having :stinking thinking."

Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) is a modification of CBT for adolescents and children. Adults have the ability to explore and identify the differences between rational and irrational, logical and illogical thinking and reacting when given guidance. The play therapist using CBT must be able to understand where the child is developmentally and recognize if and when a child has attached any set of beliefs or meanings to a situation or event creating distress. The therapist must be flexible and use experiential approaches when adapting CBT to young children. Behavioral Therapy for child management of non-compliant behaviors can be taught directly to the parents or with the child. CBPT helps the child make a connection between words and behavior with therapeutic play using goals. Modeling is used to demonstrate behavior that the therapist wants the child to learn. Books, puppetry, and other techniques are used to help the child develop coping skills. There are a number of interventions the therapist uses in CBPT. The role of the parents is very important in CBPT.

Mindfulness  is the practice of awareness. MBCT (Mindfulness Based Behavior Cognitive Therapy) is based on the (MBSR)Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn that empowering for patients with cancer, chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, and gastrointestinal disorders as well with patients suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is ideal to help clients with repeats episodes of depression and unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy of unhealthy thinking patterns that impact our beliefs, feelings, actions and even our attitudes. Mediation practices in combination with an awareness of our attitudes  create mindfulness. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. The client learns to become aware of their moods, attitudes, thought patterns, beliefs, and actions to make positive changes. Mindfulness therapy can be very empowering.

 Clinical Hypnotherapy A clinical hypnotherapist has hypnotherapy training by a licensed professional rather than trained by a lay person that attended on line classes or a certification training workshop. There are many different courses available on the internet and weekend workshops or extended training courses that require travel to attend. Basically the difference between hypnosis certification and hypnotherapy certification are the requirement of enrollment.The educational level and entry training are different in the two disciplines. Both are trained to change a behavior but a hypnotherapist has knowledge also in how to implement healing using therapeutic hypnotherapy. I have advanced training in both clinical hypnotherapy and hypnosis. I have attained the status of "Fellow" with the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Advanced Standing with the International Board of Clinical Hypnosis. In addition I have trained with various institutes in the areas of infertility, natural childbirth,  obesity and pain management.

 Jungian Therapy  Carl Jung, analytical psychologist was a great contributor to the field of mental health. He developed a learning style  theory of psychological types designed to categorize people in terms of various personality patterns. Jung’s theory focuses on four basic psychological functions:Extraversion vs. Introversion, Sensation vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, Judging vs. Perceiving. This later lead to the Myers Briggs Inventory used in various mental health settings.Jung developed the  original work for what was later called the "active imagination from his own personal journey. Material from the unconscious mind is actively engaged by the ego consciousness in the dialogue. This is the framework that many therapist use when included guided imagery and visualization with their clients. Symbols can emerge from the unconscious that can have expression and interact with the consciousness. This is used in Jungian analytical play therapy with both adults and children. Writing and drawing were used to facilitate healing and change. Jung believed in the collective unconsciousness and that this concept was important to take into consideration when working with children. He believed that children are impacted by parental unconscious influences ,spiritual influences, cultural heritage influences, and that these influences could even have a bearing on future vocation. Jungian therapy is very complicated and will be explored in depth during supervision upson request.

ACT  was introduced in the late 1980s by Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. ACT​ incorporates Mindfulness and Eastern ideas and techniques.

DBT In the 1970s, Marsha Linehan developed DBT with the aid of certain Western and Eastern spiritual influences and includes mindfulness.

Marriage Counseling   Learn to create your own style, your own intake forms, choices of assessments in working with couples. Identify which models of therapy you relate to best, which ones fit to your own ease of style. Learn to respond and not react when things get heated in the therapy session. Learn to beware of the traps of triangulation that come your way and step up and regain control of a session when it goes south on you. Learn how to help with the empy nest, estranged adult children, and audultry.

Family Counseling  Learn to utilize the tools you were taught in graduate school. Feel comfortable working with families experiencing trauma, divorce, death, illness, elder care, blended families, substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, abuse, and violence. Learn how to build family relationships, teach boundary setting, healthy communication, and self-esteem.

Couples Therapy Learn to do pre marital counseling, teach conflict resolution, work with couples with issues of cheating, lying, gas lighting, substance abuse issues,  mental illness problems, blended family issues,  coping with abortion, and much more.

Training and advanced techniques in Play Therapy (Prescriptive Play Therapy), Sandtray, Jungian & Gestalt Play Therapy

Relationship Building with Teens and Tweens Lean to read the cues, when to refer to the mental health and behavior hospital and when the child is simply reaching out for help, love, and attention. Feel confident in making diagnostic assessments, creating, treatment plan, building a rapport with the client and the family. Lean when to refer out. Learn how to help others create a healthy family and find their strengths.

Learning to set goals  Learn that there are the therapists goals and the clients goals and that they might not be the same. Learn when you need to set tighter boundaries if your client is not following the goals on the treatment plan. Lean when and why to modify and change the goals and review the reason the client was initially seen for therapy. 

Set limits and create success in working with children of all ages having Behavior and Conduct Disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression and Complicated Grief. Assessment, Diagnostics and Treatment Planning for Clients with Mood Disorders and Personality Disorders.

Learn to create a private practice. Learn to identify and find your own blind spots as a therapist and learn to step aside your limitations to create success with your clients.

About Me

I offer counseling, life coaching, and hypnosis to individuals, families, couples, and groups. My practice offers clients and interns a place of acceptance, exploration, compassion and understanding for those seeking healing, insight/clarity and personal growth. I offer advanced training and supervision to licensed professional counselor interns as well as professionals in other CAM, health and wellness disciplines. 

 

I began my professional career in Registered Nursing and Clinical Hypnotherapy. I furthered my education and obtained both secular and non-secular degrees, certifications, and licenses. I am an integrative psychotherapist and use expressive arts and holistic therapy, Jungian therapy, CBT, DBT, Gestalt therapy, family systems, and ACT frequently in my work. I am very solution focused when working with couples, families, and children. I  provide counseling and psychotherapy for children, teenagers, college students and adults as well and training for various  health professionals. I include various forms of self-expression in my work and incorporate the use of meditation and guided imagery. I am an author of E Books for my clients and have created worksheets to promote insight, clareity, improved relationships and personal growth. I offer workshops, trainings, and retreats in Jungian Therapy, Energy Psychology, Spiritual Development, Mind, Body Health and Wellness. I am available to speak on the topics of Metaphysics, The Laws of Attraction, Identifying Your Blind Spots, Self-Sabotage, Finding Your Own Compass, Marriage Strengthening, Couple Communication Enhancement, and Relationship Building. Weekend mini workshops are offered to interested individuals on how to build a thriving private practice, emotional intelligence, emotional healing, improving your intuition, Chakra Work and Creating Balance, the use of Mandalas in therapy, and Energy Psychology. Learn about the use of holistic healing and expressive arts and how to apply the use of Mindfulness, Meditation, Creative Visualization, and Affirmations with your clients and for use in your own life.

Current LPC Interns are being supervised in the areas of : Career Counseling, Career Exploration, PTSD, Personality Disorders, Abuse, Human Trafficking, Individual Counseling, Group Therapy, Behavior and Conduct Problems, Marriage and Family Counseling, Substance Abuse, Sleep Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Suicidal Ideations (Major Depression).Evening and Weekend Supervision is available. Skype is offered as well as face to face sessions following board rules.

Former LPC Interns have gone on to work in school settings, facilities community organizations, forensics, and private practice.

Populations in my counseling and wellness practice: 

Individuals of all ages for general psychotherapy, hypnosis, educational trainings, workshops, family therapy, couples counseling, marriage counseling, relationship repair coaching, expressive and creative therapy using play therapy, sandtray, painting, storytelling, collage, guided imagery,  life coaching, and, doula mentoring and training, corporate business professional coaching, and lpc internship supervision. I do have some clients with serious mental health issues that are referrals from Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Gulf Coast Behavioral Center, Bayview Behavioral Hospital, and local psychiatrists and nurse practitioners.

I work with a variety of clients and many have relationship issues going back to family of origin problems, mother-daughter relationship issues, partner abuse, infidelity, pornography, addictions, and parent child relationship problems. I also work with families that have relationship problems with siblings, in laws, and children (of all ages.)

As you begin your journey as an LPC-Intern and you are looking for a supervisor that is experienced in the mental health field, makes you feel at ease, has flexible office hours, please consider me as a candidate. It is my goal to provide supervisees with a safe and supportive atmosphere for weekly supervised meetings (face-to-face, individual, group, skype) to process your cases, provide you with clinical feedback, and build your professional identity following the ACA Code of Ethics and the LPC Boards Rules. These rules are very important as they apply to your  license as a LPC Intern and mine as your LPC Supervisor. I am here to teach, support and provide help to you as you accrue those 3,000 hours towards full licensure. I find great pleasure working with LPC Interns and find great pleasure in helping them create a bright future for themselves. If you are wanting to know how to create a private practice after you complete your hours, I am here to help you create that practice of your dreams.  If you need help in understanding the ICD 10, DSM V, or  need additional training in diagnostics, I can help relieve your stress and anxiety about making clinical mental health diagnoses.  If you need further training and education about various theories and when and when not to apply them, I can help you feel much more competent in that area too. 

In Working With Children

If you have interest in Play Therapy we can discuss options, as to whether you want to spend your money in "one place, " to become a registered play therapist. We can explore the financial and educational challenges that are actually not required to do Play Therapy and lean the truth that certification for being a registered play therapist is not required to offer play therapy or needed to be a highly effective child therapist. We can discuss insurance challenges doing play therapy and progress note format required by insurance companies that will keep "you safer" when you use play therapy models and techniques and your use of the electronic record. We will discuss your progress notes when working with individuals, with an emphasis in children's play therapy and couples counseling sessions should you be subpoenaed and your records be entered into the court/judicial system.

In learning more, training more and growing more in the area of Children's Mental Health you will learn how to fully conduct a therapeutic interview, assess for pediatric mood disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADD/ADHD, potential learning disorders, developmental delays, abuse, neglect, grief, and problems within the family system. 

If you are working with children you will learn to apply behavioral counseling, family counseling, group therapy, group play therapy, family play therapy, and prescriptive play therapy. You will learn about play therapy models used frequently in Texas and why they are so popular. You will learn about prescriptive play therapy, expressive and holistic play therapy used frequently in other states in in Canada. 

I am looking forward to supervising new LPC Interns that are insightful, show sound judgement in making choices about internship sites, are motivated to learn, and dedicated to professional growth. I supervise LPC Interns that do not have an in-house supervisor. If you are interested in me being your LPC Supervisor, please call me to schedule an appointment and bring your resume with you. You can phone me at (361) 688-8200 and leave a message if I am conducting a session or workshop training.

I look forward to hearing from you soon! I have a contract that you need to read and initial before signing me on as your new LPC Intern Supervisor. The contract is considered valid for up to 60 months while obtaining your required 3000 hours of supervised internship. The contract can be broken by either party by putting a request in writing.

LPC Supervision includes:

  • Mandatory weekly one hour sessions (60 minutes)
  • Exploration and review of counseling techniques, evaluation of your clinical skills, application of theories to use with your clients, guidance in clinical diagnosis using the DSM 5 and ICD codes as well as frequent review of board rules and the professional code of ethics.
  • Assistance with licensing paperwork and documentation of clinical hours. Review of case notes, documentation and treatment plans
  • Review of billing code of ethics for LPC Interns. LPC Interns are not legally allowed to receive direct payment for services from insurance companies. The name of the LPC Supervisor in now required on outgoing billing done for payment for a LPC intern. I am responsible to inquire as to how you will be paid for your services at your internship location. My name is required to be on letter head if you are receiving money from revenue that is being billed under your name.This is a new board requirement and I will be happy to explain this to you when we have our first meeting.
  • Skype supervision, group, and face to face individual sessions.

    According to the Texas LPC Rules, LPC Interns can apply live internet webcam supervision from individual or group settings each week, however, no more than 50% of your total supervision hours, and no more than 50% of your total group supervision hours can be via this method. (No more than 50% of the your total LPC Intern supervision hours can be from group supervision).                              

  •  Where are you now?
    Do you have a masters degree or PhD in counseling or psychology from an accredited university and completed all coursework and practicum as required by the LPC Board? Have you successfully completed and passed the National Counselor Exam (NCE)?
    Do you have an intern site where you have access to providing counseling services to individuals, couples, families or group one to one? Have you obtained the packet for application for Internship?
    Did you get your supervisor to review,  help you complete and sign the supervision contract with you?
    Have you completed and mailed your application for temporary licensure, Practicum Documentation, and the Supervisory Agreement Form along with a copy of your supervisor’s license to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors?
    Sit back now and wait! It can take from four to six weeks before your application is approved and your experience begins working with your LPC Intern Supervisor.

The process of supervision involves deepening your therapeutic skills, knowledge of process, theory, ethical standards and application to a variety of clients. Supervision helps by giving you with feedback with case reviews as you grow into your role as a professional counselor. I will help you set goals for your growth along the way and ensure that you are well prepared for independent licensure as a professional counselor. Together we will  create your personal career-related goals that will be part of the supervisory process. 

Requirements to Start Supervision:

  • Copy of Current Resume
  • Copy of Transcript
  • Practicum Evaluation From Your Supervisor
  • Copy of Score from National Counselor Exam (NCE)
  • Copy of Temporary License
  • Copy of Liability Insurance
  • List of Counseling References
  • Signed Supervisory Agreement Form
  • Licensing Paperwork to Send to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

LPC Intern Fees for Supervision
As your LPC intern supervisor, I am available to you via texts, telephone calls, emails and I am available to consult with you in emergency situations on your intern site. The fee for my service is a flat rate of $200 per month and is due at the beginning of each month. I accept local checks and no longer accept debit cards or credit cards. I am required to meet with you weekly and your weekly rate is $50.00.

If you need to break down the payments in two separate installments for the month you are allowed to make payments on the 1st and 15th of each month. Clinical supervision is an investment in your time and career, take your time, check out the various local supervisor and see what each has to offer. You are important and you deserve to have a postive learning experience.

The following information is given credit to the Texas Board for LPC Licensure and may be helpful to you. Please read the information regarding rules and regulations from The Texas Department of Health in Austin Texas... http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_rules.shtm
"SUBCHAPTER F.
EXPERIENCE The forREQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE.
§681.91. Temporary License.
(d) An LPC Intern may have no more than two LPC board-approved supervisors on file at any
given time.
(j) A person holding a temporary license will provide no direct counseling services unless acting
under a supervisor agreement as stated in §681.93 of this title (relating to Supervisor Requirements).
Supervision is complete upon the LPC Intern receiving the regular license. Supervision shall continue
after completion of the 3,000 hour and until the LPC Intern receives their regular license.
(k) A supervisor must submit the change of site/supervision form into the board office for
approval before commencing supervision at a new site or with a new supervisor. Without an approved
supervision form on file with the board, supervised hours may not be counted toward licensure.
(l) An applicant coming from another state, who has earned post graduate supervised experience
in another state, may submit either their application file from the other state showing their post graduate
experience or have their experience documented on Texas board forms.
§681.92. Experience Requirements (Internship).
(c) An LPC Intern may not complete the required 3,000 clock-hours of supervised experience in a
time period less than 18 months.
(d) The 18 month time period shall not be decreased by excess practicum hours that are applied
toward the supervised experience hours.
(e) The internship may only commence after:
(1) the completion of a graduate degree in counseling or a related field;
(2) the completion of a planned graduate program in counseling of at least 48 semester
hours with 60 semester hours as of August 1, 2017; and
(3) the completion of the examinations required.
(g) The LPC Intern must receive direct supervision consisting of a minimum of four hours per
month of face to face or live Internet webcam supervision in individual (up to two Interns) or group (three
or more) settings for each week the intern is engaged in counseling. No more than 50% of the total hours
of supervision can be live Internet webcam supervision and no more than 50% of the total hours of
supervision may be received in group supervision. No more than 50% of the total hours of group supervision may be live Internet webcam supervision.
(h) Supervisors, during supervision, shall review board rules and note such on logs.
(j) The board may count excess practicum hours toward the experience requirements of this subchapter if:
(1) the hours were part of the applicant’s academic practicum or internship accumulated after the commencement of the applicant’s planned graduate program;
(2) the hours are in excess of the 300-hour practicum required by §681.82(c) of this title (relating to Academic Requirements); and
(3) no more than 400 hours can be counted for excess practicum.
(n) To upgrade from the LPC Intern status to full LPC, an LPC Intern must submit the supervised experience documentation form, proof of passing the Texas Jurisprudence exam within two years prior to upgrade and the upgrade fee if applicable.
§681.93. Supervisor Requirements.
(a) All internships physically occurring in the State of Texas must be comple(a) All internships physically occurring in the State of Texas must be completed under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. The supervisor must have held the regular license in good standing for at least 36 months from the date of issuance.
(c) A supervisor under this section must have met the following requirements.
(1) A licensee seeking approval to be a supervisor must meet the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, successfully complete 40 clock-hours of training in the supervision of professional counseling or mental health services as set forth in this subsection; and shall submit a $100 processing fee. Application for supervision status must be submitted within 2 years of completing the 40-hour supervision course or within 5 years of completing a doctoral level supervision course from an accredited university. The initial supervisor approval will expire on the day the licensee’s regular license next expires. Renewal of supervisor approval will begin and expire on the same dates as for the regular license. A renewal application must be filed with the board, accompanied by a $100 renewal processing fee. The 40 clock-hours of training shall be met through the following:
(A) a graduate course in counselor supervision taken for credit at an accredited college or university; or
(B) continuing education programs meeting the requirements of §681.142 of this title (relating to Types of Acceptable Continuing Education). (2) The 40 clock-hours shall be completed over a time period not to exceed 90 days and
(d) A board approved supervisor shall maintain and sign a record(s) to document the date of each supervision conference and document the LPC Intern’s total number of hours of supervised experience accumulated up to the date of the conference. The record shall reflect the approved site where the hours were accrued and the content of the supervision."ted under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. The supervisor must have held the regular license in good standing for at least 36 months from the date of issuance.
(c) A supervisor under this section must have met the following
"SUBCHAPTER J. CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.
§681.141. General.
(f) A licensee holding the supervisor status must complete 3 hours of continuing education in supervision every two years"

Best of luck to you, Cathy Armstrong, RN, LPC-S Telephone (361) 688-8200