supervisor-bio

 Supervisor Bio

 

Lillian Chen, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in the states of Washington (#PY 60522189) and California (#PSY26850). Dr. Chen received her Master of Arts and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cal Poly Pomona University Counseling Center. Prior to joining UWB in the summer of 2017, Dr. Chen was a staff psychologist at the UCLA Counseling Center for 2 years.

I was trained in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral modalities, and I work with clients through an integrative approach. Since I was born in Asia and grew up in North America, I often combine Western counseling principles with Eastern philosophies. I incorporate conceptualizations and interventions from different theoretical orientations depending on the client’s presenting concerns, and I like to draw from stories and metaphors as part of my work.

I have experience with a wide variety of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, suicidality, perfectionism, racial and sexual identity issues, and relationship problems. My clinical specialties include grief and loss, multicultural counseling, and acculturation stress. Due to my bicultural background, I provide bilingual counseling and have expertise in working with Asian, Asian-American, and international students. 

I provide supervision based on a developmental model. Specifically, I give more instructions, concrete suggestions, encouragement and direct feedback to beginning therapists to help them build solid clinical groundwork. For more advanced counselors, I facilitate exploration of interpersonal dynamics, transference-countertransference, case conceptualization, and the pros and cons of different interventions. I challenge more advanced therapists to trust their own skills and to think independently, so they can develop confidence as a growing clinician. 

My supervision style tends to be more direct, structured and task-oriented. Clear communication lays the foundation for trust and transparency in a supervisory relationship, and it helps us stay on the same page. For example, I will inquire about your clinical interests, learning goals, and areas of growth at the beginning of the practicum to ensure that the training experience is tailored to your needs. I will review video recordings and case notes to prepare feedback before supervision, and I will collaborate with you to establish the agenda at the beginning of each meeting. 

By being open about my mistakes and lessons I have learned in the past, I hope to foster a safe and supportive space for you to discuss your clinical struggles. I will also encourage you to share your proud moments and to acknowledge your strengths. I believe that supervision is a bi-directional growing process, and each supervisee brings in their own expertise. I enjoy navigating through the unknown and figuring out challenging situations together with my practicum students. Some of my supervisees are my best teachers. The partnership and collaboration is what I enjoy the most about supervision, and I hope you will find this training opportunity rewarding as well!

To contact Dr. Chen, you can email her at lchen20@uw.edu.

Summer Garcia, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in the states of Washington (#PY60781022) and New York (#021522). I received my Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University and my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I joined the UWB Counseling Center in the summer of 2017 after falling for the Seattle area’s siren song of endless sunshine and lack of traffic. Before joining the UWB staff, I worked in college and community mental health in New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

I was primarily trained in the CBT and feminist schools of therapy. As a woman of color myself, I value the face validity and personal empowerment these approaches provide and I appreciate their utility in time-limited settings. I also draw from other theoretical orientations when appropriate and helpful for my clients.

I’ve worked with a broad variety of presenting concerns, ranging from more commonly seen depression and anxiety to higher acuity schizophrenia and chronic suicidality. I have a particular interest in sexual subcultures and have researched and/or worked with clients involved in sex work, kink, polyamory, asexuality, and other related communities. I also have training and experience in working with transgender clients and was part of a multidisciplinary treatment team focused on clients with gender identity concerns while on staff at Cornell University. I strive to approach all my clients with kindness, respect, and appropriate curiosity about their desires and goals. It’s an incredibly trusting and intimate thing clients do, sharing with us some of their most painful, shameful, and difficult experiences, and I want to be sure I honor the courage and strength that takes. 

In the same way clients trust us with their vulnerability, so do supervisees. I truly see supervision as a training opportunity and fully expect student clinicians to have areas of growth, situations in which they’re uncertain, and occasions where they need guidance. I hope supervision can be the place where we puzzle these things out together without fear of judgment or expectation of perfection. I utilize developmental and feminist supervision models to try to build a supportive, collaborative, and empowering environment where trainees can learn and grow. I’m also aware that much of the supervision I provide will be cross-cultural in nature, and I try attend to all relevant factors and work with the richness these differences can provide. 

I prefer a semi-structured approach to supervision where student clinicians and I can review taped sessions and case notes to help build case conceptualization skills. I also aim to help supervisees identify and work toward both short- and long-term goals as well as increase their knowledge of and comfort with professional standards and norms. I value humility and openness on both sides of the supervisory relationship. I believe strong therapists regularly question themselves, engage in self-reflection, and build flexibility. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from my supervisees and hope that we can help each other build and maintain habits that result in strong clinical work. I’ve also found a healthy dose of humor usually makes that work a little easier. 

I’ve been privileged to have worked with some wonderful supervisors who have shaped my personal and professional growth, helped me find confidence in my own skills, and been an excellent source of support and camaraderie. I hope I’m able to pay that forward and offer that level of support to my own supervisees. 

To contact Dr. Garcia, you can email her at sg88@uw.edu.

Rosemary E. Simmons, Ph.D., Counseling Center Director is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60478115). Dr. Simmons received her Master of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Center.  Prior to joining UWB in the summer of 2014, Dr. Simmons was the Training Director for the APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship program at Southern Illinois University Counseling Center for 12 years. She then served as the SIU Counseling Center Director for 8 years.

I was trained from a psychodynamic approach and conceptualize clients using attachment and interpersonal approaches. Therefore, my overall approach is based on relational models, however I use techniques and interventions from various schools of thought including third wave cognitive-behavioral (dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness), interpersonal neurobiology, and multi-cultural theory.

I have experience with a broad range of presenting issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, especially PTSD, personality disorders, and disordered eating and body image. My work with trauma led me to DBT and Interpersonal Neurobiology. DBT focus on mindfulness skills led me to the field of Buddhist psychology. The focus on radical acceptance, impermanence, compassion for self and others, and the “middle way” has been very useful in my own life and my clients. I read anything written by Daniel Siegel and work to absorb and integrate his writings into my clinical work and training seminars.

I take a developmental approach to supervision. I believe counselors in training work on numerous tasks throughout their development. I match what I do as a supervisor with the supervisee's needs. I begin supervision talking to you about your goals, strengths, and areas of growth. In addition to integrating knowledge and skills, I think clinical training experiences is where counselors in training discover more about their own personality and “find their voice” as a future therapist. What I mean by “finding your voice” is allowing yourself to be consistently who you are no matter if you are in session with a client, presenting a workshop or interacting with a colleague. This work is too draining if you have to be a different persona while at work.

How does this translate to what I do in supervision? First of all I work hard at creating a safe and supportive environment where you can truly be yourself and feel comfortable enough to be gently challenged. I think it is imperative to pay attention to your, the client’s, and my multiple identities and how those identities influence each of our world views and perceptions. I want to give you plenty of space to grow and explore while at the same time give you concrete suggestions regarding conceptualizations and/or interventions when needed. I view digital recordings, read case notes, and expect us to collaborate in creating the agenda for the supervision session. I will ask you about professional identity issues such as career goals and academic progress. I also view supervision as a place to vent when you are frustrated with a client, brag when you are proud of yourself or your client, and be saddened or angered about the details of some of your clients' lives. Lastly, I want us to be able to create an atmosphere and negotiate a relationship where you can get what you need this year.

To contact Dr. Simmons, you can email her at res2014@uw.edu.