Supervision & Consultation

Individual & Group Play Therapy Supervision
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Dates & Rates

Group Play Therapy Supervision:

  • Day: Second Wednesday of the Month (Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, etc)
  • Time: 9:30 to 11 AM, PACIFIC
  • Fee: $75 per session
  • Register Here (Search for the date and click on “9:30: RPT” to see if space is available, register on Counsol, and sign up for the group.)

Individual Play Therapy Supervision:

  • Fee: $150 per 50-minute session (virtual or in person)
  • Register Here (Search for available days and times, register/log in to reserve a spot.)
Facilitator: Dr. Emily Keller, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Dr. Keller offers play therapy supervision for individuals and groups.

As a  supervisor, I value honesty, trust, creativity, and intuition in the supervision process. I honed my approach to supervision while offering monthly two-day supervision groups as co-director of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy in Chapel Hill, NC.

My approach to supervision is to offer a strength-based application of the developmental supervision model through a gestalt play therapy lens. The role of the gestalt play therapy-oriented supervisor is similar to that of the gestalt play therapist. Specifically, the gestalt play therapy supervisor focuses on helping the supervisee expand their capacities for authenticity, staying in the here and now, awareness, exploration, and presence of the whole self as an integrated play therapist. 

To summarize, my approach to supervision is to help supervisees tune in to their body sensations, feelings, knowledge, experience, and intuition. This way, they learn to listen to and trust their subtle internal wisdom to guide them through play therapy sessions.

Learn more about Dr. Keller’s approach to supervision by reading the blog post The Importance of Nurturing Talent in Supervision


Nurture & Structure

Nurture and Structure

Growth and development along any axis of life require a balance of both nurture and support. I enjoy creating supervision environments that foster both nurture and structure. Specifically, for group supervision, I encourage participants to give and receive both support and nurture in a cooperative and abundant atmosphere.

Group supervision is structured as follows:

  1. Check-in involves sharing: How you are doing; significant events; brags (What are you proud of?); and a
  2. Declaration of what you would like to receive from supervision during the group play therapy supervision session. (Also, state if there is anything you don’t want to hear.) In some cases, play therapy supervisees will have arranged to share video/audio tapes/typed transcripts in advance.
  3. Individuals take turns sharing cases (following a specified format inviting awareness as well as self-reflection along a developmental continuum). Then, as each participant shares, other group play therapy supervision members are invited to give positive strokes and options they may want to share. The focus of group supervision is on creating safety to invite vulnerability, therefore negative feedback is not invited.
  4. The group play therapy supervisor shares a play therapy activity supported by play therapy theory. For this group, the play therapy theoretical orientation is primarily gestalt play therapy. The supervisor integrates theories related to her training in developmental theory, attachment theory, redecision therapy, transactional analysis, family therapy, expressive arts, and sand tray.

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