Message from the Supervision Team:
Thank for your interest in the University of Louisville Counseling Center as a practicum site.
An important part of the Counseling Center’s purpose on UofL’s campus is contributing to the training of students in mental health-focused graduate programs. In support of the Counseling Center’s overall mission, the training program provides opportunities for students to join our team in providing mental health services to UofL students.
We offer year-long Therapy practica from Master’s and Doctoral students from UofL’s Counseling and Human Development programs, Doctoral students from Spalding University’s Clinical Psychology program, and Master’s students from the UofL Kent School of Social Work. We also offer semester-long (Fall or Spring) Assessment practica for students from both clinical and counseling doctoral programs. While we would be open to partnering with other mental health graduate programs, this would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Introduction to the Supervisory Staff:
Gabrielle Billings, LCSW – Counselor Intermediate
My approach to therapy is eclectic, drawing especially from Motivational Interviewing, CBT and Systems Theory. I have a very holistic and collaborative approach to counseling. I look at all aspects of a person’s life to work with them to determine their goals and what will work best for them to achieve those goals.
I love providing supervision. I like to tailor supervision to each student and their needs. My approach is generally to have students start slowly and then increase their workload and case difficulty as their skills and confidence increase. I work to make supervision feel safe and challenging for students so that they can increase their clinical and professional skills as well as build their self-awareness.
Rachel Evans, ATR, LPCC - Counselor
As a registered art therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, I take an integrative approach to my clinical work. I tend to pull from person-centered, CBT, and motivational interviewing techniques, and I particularly enjoy incorporating art therapy interventions into counseling sessions. Much like the way I approach therapy, I tailor supervision to meet each student where they are in terms of skill and level of experience. I will work with you to identify your individual goals as a developing clinician and professional, as well as challenge you to try different techniques as you explore your own theoretical orientation. I also emphasize the importance of learning the practical "behind the scenes" work we do as clinicians, including developing good note writing and time management skills.
Geetanjali Gulati, Psy.D., HSP – Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director of Clinical Services
I primarily use CBT and Motivational Interviewing techniques in my work, but also incorporate dynamic and attachment theories in development of a case conceptualization. The focus of my supervision is usually to provide a student the opportunity to develop their own clinical orientation and also learn different approaches to clinical work. I take a very pragmatic approach to supervision with a focus on learning hands-on clinical techniques, as well as the ‘how-to’ of therapy. I also emphasize learning good note writing and focus on the student’s development of their own clinical techniques.
Sarah Kolb, Ph.D., HSP – Counseling Psychologist
I approach supervision much in the way I approach therapy. I take a very collaborative approach and tailor my approach to meet the supervisee’s individual needs and developmental level. I place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, and will challenge students to attend to the relationship with their clients. In therapy, I take a predominantly CBT and interpersonal/psychodynamic approach. I encourage students to explore their own theoretical orientation and to try different theoretical approaches, and to be willing to tailor their style to the client’s needs. I am very willing to give directives regarding clinical techniques to try and selecting appropriate assessment measures, but I will also challenge students to explore their own ideas about how to proceed with clients and explore the thought process behind these decisions. I truly enjoy working with students and watching the process of growth and development of confidence in their role as clinicians.
Meghana Suchak, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist, Associate Director of Training
I conceptualize my clients from the lens of psychodynamic, interpersonal and systemic theories. Having said that, I am happy to work with supervisees who take a different approach. As a supervisor I know that some of you are still trying to figure out the intricacies of therapy. My job will be to get you to think about those intricacies critically from various perspectives (be it your notes, case conceptualization, or even ethical issues).
Through supervision I would like to help you develop your voice both inside and outside the therapeutic realm so that you can go on to have a successful practicum experience with us at the counseling center.
Aesha L. Uqdah, Psy.D., HSP – Clinical Psychologist, Director
I generally use Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Multicultural theories and interventions in my clinical work. I feel that these approaches translate well into my approach to supervision. I like to take a collaborative approach and modify supervision to meet each trainee's needs, while providing a safe space to challenge themselves (and me). I encourage trainees to consider all aspects of diversity and reflect on their experiences of their clients when developing conceptualizations and treatment plans. My goal is for our students to have a supervisory experience in which they feel both supported and challenged as they continue to build their professional and clinical skills.
How to apply for Practicum:
We have filled all practicum positions for the 2020-21 academic year.
We interview prospective practicum students during the spring semester prior to the fall in which the practicum placement begins. After receiving applications from interested students we will contact candidates for on-site or virtual interviews. We will interview candidates until we have filled all available practicum slots for the academic year. The number of slots available each year varies based on available staff resources. The application for Fall 2021 will be made available in Spring 2021. You may contact the Training Director, Dr. Meghana Suchak with any concerns or questions email@example.com.