I strive to create the safe and trusting relationship that research has shown is fundamental to effective supervision and training. I encourage therapists to integrate evidence from research into their work.
Since research has also shown that the most relevant variable in effective psychotherapy is the patient-therapist relationship, supervising entails exploring the therapist’s abilities to establish a safe and trusting environment with the patient/client. Often, this will mean recognizing therapist private and behavioral reactions to the client, the client’s values, behaviors, and relationships.
Drafting practice guidelines for psychotherapy has taught me that understanding the cultural and personal context of a client or couple is essential to appropriate care.