In your first years after graduation, most states have you under the supervision of a fully licensed counselor. Each state is a bit different, but you usually get a temporary or limited license before full license. During that time, it is important to find a quality supervisor. Even if your agency pays for one, if you expect to transition into private practice eventually, it may be worth it to have a supervisor that is focused on the area you want to transition. Here are some questions that you want to ask:
- What is the breakdown of your client? How many, what types of issues? Themes and specialties that you focus on?
- What is your rate per session for clients?
- How have you grown the business in the past few years? Where is it going?
- What book recommendations do you have?
As you start this conversation, know that you have the power to determine your career direction. You supervisor can often be an amazing advocate for you. Especially if they are established in their field, it is a great way to build your skills and credibility
Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC is a therapist, counselor, psychologist, and owner of Mental Wellness Counseling www.mentalwellnesscounseling.com in Traverse City, MI. He helps angry kids, frustrated parents, and distant couples…and just about everyone else. He is a frequent speaker in the Traverse City area, Michigan, and nationally. He helps counselors in private practice through his blog www.PracticeofthePractice.com and through individual consulting.