Ever wonder why some clients seek you out for counseling, devote hours of their time and pay good money ... just to avoid doing what you know would be helpful? This happens due to ambivalence about change. Since we all experience ambivalence about change (in fact our brains are hard-wired to resist change) therapists need good skills for helping their client’s resolve ambivalence from within. Toward this goal, clients benefit from understanding the inner narrative they have developed and utilizing therapy to help in reexamining their narratives.
I’ve been supervising therapists for over 25 years and am a CEDS approved clinical supervisor. Consultees/supervisees will receive a complimentary copy of my book A Clinician’s Guide to Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side and my Ambivalence workbook and Narrative workbook as we utilize concepts and techniques from them in our discussions. I am available for Distance Consultation through Doxy.me or Zoom.
I have written and presented on the topic of dealing with resistance (framed as ambivalence) for many years and I offer individual and group supervision and consultation which focuses on specific strategies for getting unstuck with your clients by helping them resolve their ambivalence about change. I utilize many strategies and theoretical perspectives but particularly like using narrative therapy as a tool for change. Click here for information about a 5 hour CEU workshop on narrative therapy that I did for The Knowledge Tree.
Consultation for Mental Health Clinicians
Dr. Linda Buchanan is an incredibly gifted clinical supervisor. I had the very fortunate experience of being a supervisee of Dr. Buchanan’s during my doctoral and post doctoral training in psychology. As a supervisor she has an ability to help the clinician understand all sides of a clinical dilemma- both the patient’s conflict and also the clinician’s conflict. I have been grateful throughout my career for the good fortune of learning under the supervision of Dr. Buchanan. An opportunity to engage in supervision with Linda is like winning the clinical lottery. Anne Moore, PsyD
Dr. Buchanan provides a great balance of both support and challenge for supervisees by encouraging independence and confidence while also providing availability, empathy, and expert guidance. I learned so much from her personally and professionally and her supervision guided me toward a fulfilling path as a clinician. Angela Schaffner, Ph.D.
I am indebted to her for providing such excellent clinical supervision. I would not be where I am in my career as a therapist without her guidance early on. I love helping individuals to resolve the ambivalence that keeps them stuck, and I can't wait to check out her new book! MaryAnn Green, RD, LDN, LPC-MHSP
Dr. Buchanan has an amazing capacity for empathy with clients. She is able to put herself in someone else’s position both intellectually and emotionally. In supervision, she often demonstrates by role playing which allows the Clinician to experience the power of her empathy. Tharpe Click, MS, LAPC, NCC
There are two things I especially appreciate about Dr. Buchanan’s supervision. The first is the breadth of her knowledge and experience, which allows her to move seamlessly from discussing higher-level issues such as the therapeutic relationship to discussing the finer details of a particular technique. The second is her clear approach to supervision: Rather than confine our discussions to the specific issue at hand, she always seems focused viewing that issue in a broader context; this means I’m getting not only guidance on this case but a framework for becoming a more effective therapist. Taylor Trussell, APC
What I like best about supervision with Dr. B. is that she is able to share her wealth of knowledge and experience in practical ways that bridge the theory-to-practice gap that often occurs in educational coursework. She gives suggestions of how to phrase challenging topics with clients, and their families, that has enabled me to be “on their side, without taking a side”, help them come to their own conclusions, and work with ambivalence. Carlyne Moody, LMSW
During my one year of internship, under direct supervision with Dr. Buchanan, the experience has been truly rewarding. Her commitment to teach, guide, and explore various counseling techniques has helped me develop my own sense of style as a future professional counselor. Her compassion to promote growth through awareness, freedom, and challenges has given me the confidence to pursue my future goals in the mental health field. You will receive the highest level of leadership under her supervision! Su Jong Chang, Psychotherapist Intern