Interview with Natasha Collins, Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

2.) KP: You also provide clinical supervision to other therapists; can you briefly share what it’s been like to do that?

Natasha: As part of the program I described, I supervise a group that is comprised of both Masters level clinicians, as well as Bachelor level mental health professionals.

This has been a shift because for the bulk of my professional career, I have worked directly with individuals and their families, providing the direct, clinical intervention. I’ve been supervising clinicians for a little under two years at this point.  One thing I really like about this role is that I’m able to oversee many more cases than I could personally hold myself. So, I feel like it’s really enabled me to broaden the range of challenges and issues that I see. Now, it’s through the eyes of my team members, with whom I consult very closely. I have a working knowledge of what’s going on in any case we have open and I give direction and feedback about the types of clinical interventions we may need to do.

So I’m still able to feel connected to the direct clinical work, which I really appreciate and enjoy.

KP: I can see how it would make sense for you to want to reach a broader population by supervising other therapists, having done the direct therapeutic work for years.  And it sounds like it’s a nice blend for you now with the recent opening of your private practice, where you work one on one with clients.

Natasha: Yes, I kind of have the best of both worlds now.

Next Section: 3.) At Seneca center, you’re working with youth who have gone through some really tough times; they’re often referred to as “at-risk youth.” Can you talk more about the specific types of struggles these youth are facing?

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