Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments
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 other populations of therapy or assessments of such 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. Nicole Story is also experienced in cultural issues (and speaks French, German and Spanish), immigration evaluations, various court related matters and has served as Ethics Chair on the board of FAMFT and President of NEFAMFT.
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.
Meet the Supervisor
Qualified as a clinical supervisor in both Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, Nicole Story provides clinical supervision to registered interns seeking licenses in MFT and MHC in the state of Florida and to those seeking dual licenses in both.
As supervision is a necessary component of clinical practice at all stages of professional development, Nicole 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, she offers training and supervision in both intrapsychic (including psychodynamic/neuroscience/CBT/EFT/mindfulness) and inter-relational (family systems/strategic/structural/attachment) 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. This therapist-centered approach to supervision, supports the therapist intern's personal and professional needs in relation to their practice of psychotherapy and clinical development.
Contracted with several federal and non-profit agencies Nicole Story provides or has 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 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, she has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 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.
She also serves as an in-house consultant at her husband's law firm, Max Hunter Story, PA, and has constant access to legal advice for difficult, legally impacted cases. Well versed in substance abuse and dual diagnosis she served as the Clinical Director of a dual diagnosis 30 bed residential treatment facility, 14 bed detox/stabilization unit and several outpatient and school based programs and manage a staff of over 50 employees and a budget of over $500,000. She was trained and certified in best research practice methods at the University of Miami Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and was part of a National Institute of Drug Abuse clinical study in BSFT with Hispanic/Latino teens in Miami.
If you are employed at a non-profit agency, please inquire for agency rates for supervision (includes individual and group supervision). Split sessions are also available for cost-sharing and peer support, when available.
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 humanistic, non-judgmental and supportive approach to therapy and clinical supervision with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and cultures."
Fees for supervision: For most interns (unless contracted through a non-profit agency directly with several interns on the contract) a contracted rate of $500/month (due in advance) covers four hourly sessions/month for a total of 48 hours/year. This rate includes supplemental phone calls (within reason) and the supervisor being "on call" for crisis cases, DCF cases, child abuse questions, domestic violence questions, Baker Act questions, Marchman Act questions, etc.
Contracted Monthly Rate
Four one hour sessions
One hour session
Individual Split with another Intern
15 minute phone consult
First 15 minutes
30 Minute Consultation
30 Minutes of Telephone Consultation
45 Minute Consultation
45 Minutes of Telephone Consultation
Agency Rate Individual Supervision
One hour session for contracts with agencies which provide the interns liability insurance and cost sharing with other interns/split sessions, etc.
Increments of $10
Supervision Inquiry Form - Please Complete:
Thank you for submitting the request form, if you do not hear back within a few days please follow up, sometimes forms are not submitted correctly.
*According to the U.S. Department of Education's International Affairs Office's, "Structure of the U.S. Education System: Intermediate Graduate Qualifications, (Feb 2008), the Ed.S., as a degree, is level equivalent to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D./D.Psy.).