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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your approach to supervision?

My approach is to be unfailingly kind and to support therapists in developing their own strengths and their own voice as they work to be of service to their clients. I bring 40 years of study and experience to this work as well as the deep conviction that growth and healing is the natural result of good support and genuine caring. You bring your own training and clinical and life experience. Together, we work to refine your skills and/or to move cases that aren’t going forward as you would like them to.

What is your theoretical base?

People bring problems to therapy but they also bring their strengths. My training and experience have resulted in an approach that combines the principles of Positive Psychology, Adlerian Psychology and Systemic Family Therapy.

  • Positive psychologyis the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. Instead of looking only at what is wrong, it focuses on strengths and builds from there.
  • Central to Adlerian therapy is on-going guidance and encouragement for making the best use of an individual’s or family’s talents and opportunities. In the early 1900s, Alfred Adler emphasized the importance of equality in the therapist-client relationship and saw healing as a collaborative effort. Adler was the first among the founders of psychotherapy to champion women’s and children’s rights.
  • Systemic Family Therapyis grounded in the assumption that there are times when a problem does not lie in the individual but in the larger system of relationships that support and stress each of the family members. When that is the case, the “patient” is the family as a whole and therapy is designed to help the family make changes that reduce tensions and increase family members’ mutual understanding and support.

Current research about medical and medication related causes for what appears to be psychological distress is included in my thinking. Not everything is in someone’s head.

Is therapy supervision legally confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. That confidentiality extends to the supervisor-therapist relationship.  In supervision, identifying information is never shared, further protecting the privacy of the client.

Where is your office?

I no longer maintain a private office, preferring to meet supervisees in their own offices. There is no charge for my travel time.

What is your fee?

The first hour is free of charge. Just as the key to the effectiveness of therapy lies in the therapist-client relationship, the success of supervision lies in the trust and connection between supervisor and supervisee. During that first hour, we get a sense of one another and outline your goals and hopes for supervision. We might work briefly on a case to give you a sense of how I work.  If you decide to go ahead with regular supervision, we discuss frequency of sessions and outline a plan.

The fee per hour of supervision is $50.

Will you provide supervision online, by email or on the phone.

No. I’m old school. I believe that I get important information from meeting together with you in the room.

I would like to discuss working with you. How do I schedule a meeting?

Please call 413 575 5387.

If I do not answer, please leave a message. I always get back to people within 24 hours on weekdays and by Monday if you’ve left a message on the weekend when I’m often traveling or out of range. If you don’t hear from me, I’m not ignoring your call. Something happened with my phone or I’ve been out of range. Please call again.