Thomas P. Beller, PhD

Class of 2016


The Emergence of the Clinical Self in Supervision (2016)

Thomas P. Beller

This research describes helpful experiences in psychoanalytically-focused supervision as described by supervisees. Studies on subjective experiences of supervisees are extremely limited. This qualitative study uses three stages of data collection in order to describe the essence of helpful experiences in clinical supervision as described by thirteen clinicians who were in the role of clinical supervisees either in the present or the past. The participants from the study were drawn from four disciplines in the field of mental health and were from the three largest metropolitan areas in California and a small town in Oregon. The findings were broken down into 12 themes. Implications of this study strongly suggest new guidelines for supervisory training.