“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do” (Dr. Benjamin Spock)
Dr. Portela enjoys providing individual and group supervision to counselors working toward counselor licensure and/or their certification in play therapy. She has experience providing clinical supervision to counselors serving children, adults, couples, and families in diverse settings. She offers new therapists as well as seasoned mental health professionals opportunities for case consultation and professional trainings in play therapy, Sandplay™, couples counseling, group work, and human sexuality.
Dr. Portela works from a developmental framework of supervision. She believes that supervisees change and develop as they progress through their clinical experiences. Supervision is a dynamic and collaborative process that helps professionals refine their skills, their professional identity, and grow their counseling practices.
Dr. Portela’s theoretical framework for counseling and supervision practices is integrative in nature. She selects concepts and methods from a variety of theoretical orientations, depending on which is most applicable to the situation. Dr. Portela’s counseling approach is founded in the psychoanalytical/psychodynamic perspective that assumes people’s needs for connection/attachment, intimacy, and relationships. Just as a secure attachment facilitates a child's development, a trusting relationship between supervisor and supervisee is the foundation for an effective supervisory relationship. She strives to create a non-judgmental environment by genuineness, empathy, and unconditional acceptance of supervisees and clients. It is her goal to challenge her supervisees’ biases and help them develop more effective skills to become the best psychotherapist you can be.
In preparing for our first supervision appointment, please review and complete the forms bellow. Completed forms may be mailed or scanned and submitted via e-mail. They also contain the answers to the most common questions:
In addition, please bring to our initial session:
- A copy of your license (if applicable)
- A copy of your liability insurance