Qualified as a clinical supervisor in both Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, I provide clinical supervision to registered interns seeking licenses in MFT and MHC in the state of Florida and to those seeking dual licenses (no additional fees).
As supervision is a necessary component of clinical practice at all stages of professional development, I also provide clinical supervision and support for licensed psychotherapists and practicing clinical supervisors in the non-profit, military and private sectors with utmost confidentiality.
With Masters and Specialists (Psy.D equiv.) degrees in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (from the University of Florida, with honors) and Florida licenses in both, I offer training and supervision in both intrapsychic (including psychodynamic/analytic) and inter-relational approaches to therapy.
Trained in a Task-Oriented Model of Supervision, supervision at Oceanside Family Therapy includes mastering technical skills and developing an integrated personal model of therapy in addition to a case presentation format. I offer a therapist-centered approach to supervision, supporting the therapists’ personal and professional needs in relation to their practice of psychotherapy and clinical development.
Contracted with several federal and non-profit agencies I provide or have provided ongoing clinical supervision to therapists at numerous military and non-profit agencies including: Gateway Community Services (served as in-house Clinical Director of TPC residential treatment, Detox and Adolescent Outpatient Programs); the Youth Crisis Center; Camelot Community Care; Family Foundations; United States Navy/Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Beaches Resource Center; Department Of Veterans Affairs; Breakthroughs Recovery; River Region; Daniel Kids; and to therapists in private practices.
In promotion of professional responsibility and activity in the field, I have proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as the Ethics Committee Co-Chair; the Northeast Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as the President & President Emeritus; and the Foundation & Oversight Committees of the Beaches Resource Center, A Full Service School.
I also serve as an in-house consultant at my husband's law firm, Story Griffin, Attorneys at Law, and have constant access to legal advice for difficult, legally impacted cases.
Nicole Story, Ed.S, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC, President of Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments, has been providing therapy and clinical supervision for over 20 years.
"Originally from Ireland, I offer a non-judgmental and supportive approach to therapy and clinical supervision with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures."
When selecting a clinical supervisor it is important for an intern to consider what s/he would like to be qualified to do once licensed.
AAMFT and ACA ethics limit the practice of psychotherapists to within their areas of expertise and training. Therefore, it is considered unethical to practice couple, child or with other populations or practices of therapy and assessments without adequate training under supervision of someone qualified in those areas.
Once licensed it is also encouraged that a therapist continue to train and obtain supervision in any areas that he or she may desire to branch into.
At Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments we offer experience and training in infant mental health, child therapy (including play therapy, theraplay and PAPT/Pet Assisted Play Therapy) adolescent therapy, couple and family therapy (including Gottman, EFT, Neuroscience, Attachment, etc.) and assessments for children and adults. We also are experienced in cultural issues, immigration and various court related matters. Ethical issues are also a paramount component of quality supervision, including knowledge of the Board and professional associations, which I have gleaned having served as the Ethics Chair on the board of FAMFT.
Regardless, of how seasoned a therapist is there are many reasons to maintain routine and occasional supervision throughout one's career. Ethical and legal dilemmas, personal stress, challenging cases, personal blocks, counter-transference and areas of specific competency are some factors to consider in order to provide the best care to one's clients.
Outside supervision is generally recommended for those in an agency setting as often the ethical decision making for the agency may be in partial conflict with the ethical obligation of the therapist, and the interpersonal relations of the colleagues and onsite supervisors may add stress to the already challenging caseload. An independent, experienced supervisor can assist with all of these issues in a supportive and diplomatic way.
Also training, mentoring and supervising clinicians in immigration evaluations, psychometric assessments for children, adults and families, and psychosocial reports for USCIS/Court.
If you are employed at a non-profit agency, please inquire for agency rates for supervision. Split sessions are also available for cost-sharing and peer support, when available.
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Nicole Story, Ed.S, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC, NCC, QS-FL, President of Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments, has been providing therapy and clinical supervision for over 20 years.
"Originally from Ireland, I offer a humanistic, non-judgmental and supportive approach to therapy and clinical supervision with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and cultures.
I was the Clinical Director at a 30 bed residential adolescent dual diagnosis treatment facility, 15 bed detox and 5 outpatient adolescent mental health and school-based programs, where I supervised masters and doctoral level interns and highly skilled clinicians. During this experience, I viewed clinical supervision, a cornerstone of supervised learning, professionalism, and development, as a sadly neglected aspect of clinical training.
After I left that directorship role, I began focusing more intensely on clinical supervision. As my background was with a highly diverse clinical population, in child, adolescent and family therapy as well as clinical settings, I adapted a task-oriented and meta-theoretical competency-based model of supervision and contracted with numerous non-profit agencies to provide "in-house" and private practice supervision to dozens of registered interns in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
Competency-Based clinical supervision offers a systematic approach that readily accommodates the theoretical and artful aspects of the supervisor's unique skills and clinical orientation. It combines enhancing supervisee self-awareness (meta competence) and incorporating a scientific attitude, focusing on the effectiveness of evidence based interventions.
I really enjoy helping supervisees develop and hone their clinical skills, judgement and authentic therapeutic presence while also navigating the ethical and legal journeys of psychotherapy. I am thrilled to watch (through my position as Administrator of the NE Florida Mental Health Therapists Group) my previous supervisees thriving in their own practices, and now leading groups and trainings throughout the state of Florida. "
I Supervise Doctoral and Masters level registered interns for their clinical internships while registered with the board to work towards their own clinical licenses to practice psychotherapy independently. I oversee all aspects of the registered intern’s work, even when the intern is employed in a non-profit agency, military hospital or private practice.
I have supervised dozens of interns, licensed clinicians and clinical supervisors of large non-profit agencies, child therapy agencies, Naval Hospital, and private practitioners, utilizing individual, small and large group modalities, in person and via Telehealth. I train therapists in specific modalities, educate interns on legal and ethical parameters, teach interns specifics for the license exams.
Education and training includes: clinical strategies; specific modalities; ethical boundaries; legal requirements; clinical documentation; duty to warn; mandated reporting; experiential strategies; systemic therapy; play therapy; psychodynamic theory; psychosocial assessments; psychiatric/DSM 5 & ICD 10 diagnosing; hypothesizing; designing, planning and conducting treatment; treatment review; managing crisis situations; multicultural sensitivity; gender identity sensitivity; and maintaining ethical, legal, and professional standards, etc.
Clinical Supervision for Registered Interns and Licensed Staff