Clinical Supervision

At Keystone Therapy Group, we aim to cultivate the next generation of mental health professionals through comprehensive and compassionate clinical supervision. We are dedicated to providing a supportive and enriching learning environment where resident therapists can develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to excel in their careers. Grounded in ethical principles and best practices, we prioritize individualized mentorship and tailored guidance to help residents navigate the complexities of the field. With a commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development, we aim to empower each resident to become a skilled and empathetic clinician, capable of making a positive impact in the lives of their clients and communities.

Counseling Residency

Clinical Supervision is offered to Virginia Residents in Counseling, and only begin to accrue once approved by the Board. Supervision is open to residents working at other practices/locations, but is prioritized to residents who work for Keystone. Group supervision is offered as group members are available. Session fees vary depending on a number of factors detailed in our supervision contract. Supervision sessions are offered by Practice Owner, Kim Rippy, LPC and Kaitlyn Steel, LMFT.

At Keystone, Residents are encouraged to work with diverse populations to develop their counseling skills, including individuals, couples, families, groups, multiculturally diverse and LGBTQIA+. Appropriate supervision is provided by supervisors with applicable training in clients’ presenting issues.

If you are interested in receiving Clinical Supervision as a Resident in Counseling, please contact your supervisor of interest directly. Clinical supervisors can be viewed on our About Us page. If you are interested in joining Keystone as a Resident in Counseling, please email your interest, resume, and two letters of recommendation to Kim Rippy at [email protected].

Counseling Student Internships

Counseling Students receive a minimum of one supervision hour per week with an approved clinical supervisor, and attend regular consultation groups with all Keystone therapists. Students will provide individual therapy for adults and adolescents with a variety of presenting issues. Students will work with diverse populations, including members of multicultural and LGBTQIA+ communities. Students will work with children, couples, families, and groups as available.

If you would like to apply for a master’s level student placement, please submit your university’s practicum/internship contract, resume, and two letters of recommendation to [email protected]. Applications are due no later than 60 days prior to the practicum/internship start date. Placements must be a minimum of two semesters. Applicants must have previous clinical experience.

Meet Our Clinical Supervisors!

Practice Owner & Clinical Director

Virginia Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LPCs & LMFTs

Residency is all about exposure! To new clients, new techniques, new theories! You're not supposed to know exactly what you want to do or how you work as a therapist when you're in training. My job as a supervisor is to help you recognize your blind spots, teach you what you need to know, and point you in the right direction to "find yourself" as your own therapist!

My supervision style emphasizes a supportive and developmental approach, fostering a collaborative environment. I work from the Person-Of-The-Therapist model for supervision, focusing on your personal experiences with each of your clients, and how you area able to recognize and understand yourself as your greatest tool within the therapeutic process!

In the beginning of our work together, we'll focus on how to establish and maintain safety within the therapeutic relationship for both your client and yourself. We'll talk about ethics, administrative, and clinical guidelines for your work as a therapist. Then, we'll shift our focus to understand your personal experience "in the room" with your clients, and how you are bringing yourself into the therapeutic relationship. This helps us to identify your strengths, areas for growth, and the kind of therapist you naturally are so you are ready to practice independently!

Being a therapist requires a willingness to learn. Being a good therapist requires a willingness to grow. Being a great therapist requires full engagement in all aspects of their journey while maintaining a focus on their clients. At Keystone, we believe that if our clinicians are supported, encouraged, and empowered, our clients will naturally receive high-quality care.

I approach supervision through the person-of-the-therapist model, holding ethical knowledge and behavior in the highest regard. My supervision integrates direction, when needed, and processing to help clinicians make the best possible clinical decisions. In supervision, we will review client tapes, reflect on clinician experiences, brainstorm ideas for handling difficult issues, and more. Growing as a therapist, especially early in your career, can be daunting, but with collaborative, compassionate supervision, I believe all therapists can grow to effect significant change in our clients' lives.

Virginia Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LPCs & LMFTs