Copyright 2012 Denice Colson–Trauma Education & Consultation Services, Inc. ++ Do not copy without written permission
Hi! I’m Denice Colson.
I’ve been in the counseling field since 1982 and have worked in a variety of therapeutic venues. I’ve lived with adolescent girls in a residential wilderness setting; worked in psychiatric hospitals with children, adolescents and adults; I’ve worked in outpatient counseling settings with groups, individuals, families and couples. I also design and conduct continuing education training for professionals.
I specialize in trauma recovery, which has been the focus of my counseling practice
since 1992. For my dissertation in 2011/2012 I developed my own integrated model,
Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery©. I have self-
My Philosophy of Supervision
I most closely ally with the developmental models of supervision. I believe that as a supervisee you will go through periods of development in your process of “becoming” a clinically sound and personally confidant professional counselor. I see my role as one of providing guidance, support, and challenge.
Guidance means that I will make recommendations regarding professional and personal development as we discuss cases and work situations. If you are having a particularly difficult time with a client, I may recommend some techniques, books or articles, or specific training areas. While we will do case management, supervision is not really about clients, but about you. As you progress from early stages to middle and later stages in your development, I will do more listening and less guiding, encouraging you to make decisions about treatment and development more on your own.
Support is very important during supervision and beyond. I want to provide a supportive
environment and not a fearful one. I want you to be able to discuss your successes
and your failures without feeling judged or condemned. I want you to leave supervision
feeling encouraged and challenged to grow as a person and as a counselor. Should
you experience on-
While guidance and support are important to development, no one grows without challenge.
I will encourage you to use critical thinking and creative problem solving while
applying your theoretical model to cases you present in our meetings. I will ask
you to clearly articulate your personal theoretical model and eventually develop
it in writing. I will encourage you to think outside the box, explore new ideas and
views, and examine transference or counter-
I believe that relationship is at the heart of what makes counseling work, but that technique is also important in the process of counseling. I lean more toward a psychoanalytic model than a cognitive behavioral mode. I have developed my own model for counseling, Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery© and, if you attend training in that model, I will also guide you in the proper implementation of this technique.
I believe strongly in the integration of spirituality in counseling, and specifically practice Christian integration. I follow a philosophy of “continuum” of care discussed by the American Psychological Association when it comes to spirituality in counseling. Spiritually avoidant care is unethical, spiritually conscious care is the minimum requirement, spiritually integrated care is ideal, and spiritually directive care requires specialized training in the specific spiritual discipline in which the client is requesting direction. I will help you to practice at the level in which you are allowed and/or desire to practice.
I’m also quite open and love to discuss and answer questions of any kind. Although I cannot ethically develop a personal friendship with my supervisees, I hope that we have a friendly relationship and enjoy spending time together in supervision.