Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments
"I Supervise Doctoral and Masters level registered interns for their clinical internships while registered with the board to work towards their own clinical licenses to practice psychotherapy independently. I oversee all aspects of the registered intern’s work, even when the intern is employed in a non-profit agency, military hospital or private practice.
I have supervised dozens of interns, licensed clinicians and clinical supervisors of large non-profit agencies, child therapy agencies, Naval Hospital, and private practitioners, utilizing individual, small and large group modalities, in person and via Telehealth. I train therapists in specific modalities, educate interns on legal and ethical parameters, teach interns specifics for the license exams.
Education and training includes: clinical strategies; specific modalities; ethical boundaries; legal requirements; clinical documentation; duty to warn; mandated reporting; experiential strategies; systemic therapy; play therapy; psychodynamic theory; psychosocial assessments; psychiatric/DSM 5 & ICD 10 diagnosing; hypothesizing; designing, planning and conducting treatment; treatment review; managing crisis situations; multicultural sensitivity; gender identity sensitivity; and maintaining ethical, legal, and professional standards, etc."
Therapist Clinical Supervision
Due to the pandemic and updated Florida statutes, supervision is currently being offered via Telesupervision on a face to face platform. This is subject to change as appropriate.
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. It is considered unethical to practice couple, child or other populations of therapy or assessments of such without adequate training and supervision under someone qualified in those areas.
For example, child trauma, family systems, pet assisted therapy, immigration evaluations, ADHD assessments, ASD, adult trauma, forensic, etc.
Therefore, it is an investment in clinical practice to train under a supervisor experienced in areas of practice in which you wish to practice.
Training Supervision denotes the process of supervision with early stage therapists. Training supervision is typically what one thinks of when defining supervision, as all individuals in training receive supervision. However, more advanced therapists regularly seek out supervision as well.
Consultative Supervision is another option that a supervisor may extend their work. Specifically, in this regard, consultative supervision refers to the process of a more experienced, and often independently licensed professional, seeking consultation from a seasoned and expert practitioner to provide feedback to the professional in specific clinical applications (Morrissey, 2015).
Supervisors often receive consultation on their clinical practice and supervision from peers and more experienced practitioners. Consultation can also be used when solidifying a new skillset after they have received training and supervision for that new skillset. As a consultant, I can provide alternative case conceptualizations, help consider ethical considerations, and guide the therapist or supervisor to new readings and trainings that might be helpful.
Therefore, when 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 basic French, German, Spanish and Irish Dialects), 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, agency experienced supervisor can assist with all of these issues in a supportive and diplomatic way to benefit both the intern and the agency.
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 provides 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.
Also trained in Competency-Based Supervision, she utilizes evidenced-based practice (APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice, 2006) that draws on sound theory, uses empirically supported procedures, considers supervisor and supervise expertise, and is sensitive to culture and context.
This is a transtheoretical approach that has been the gold standard in supervisory practice for two decades. (The Practice of Competency-Based Supervision, 2007) It combines enhancing supervisee self-awareness (meta competence) and incorporating a scientific attitude, focusing on the effectiveness of evidence based interventions.
Group supervision offers camaraderie and support, also available in Telesupervision
Telesupervision offers ease of scheduling.
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. She also contracted with Hope Haven for 7 years and Miller and Quinones - Child Psychiatry.
She serves as an in-house psycho-emotional damages 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 non-profit mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis she served as the Clinical Director of a dual diagnosis 30 bed residential treatment facility, with a 14 bed detox/stabilization unit and several outpatient and school based programs, managing a staff of over 50 employees and a budget of over $500,000.
She was trained and certified in post-graduate 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.
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 as the President of the Foundation & Board Member of the Oversight Committee of the Beaches Resource Center, A Full Service School.
She has also served as a speaker and lectured at local continuing education workshops and at universities including FSU School of Social Work/Graduate School, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL and served as an Adjunct Professor, at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL.
Connected with a vast network of clinicians, she is Administrator of the Jacksonville/NE Florida Mental Health Therapists FB/Meta group of almost 800 licensed clinical members and of the Kids Therapist Network FB/Meta group.
Split sessions are also available for cost-sharing and peer support, when available.
Finding a supervisor who is an expert in clinical supervision, clinical practice, theoretical approaches, legal and ethical issues and who can help you fulfill your clinical career goals and best practice, is an investment in yourself.
Nicole Story, Ed.S, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC, NCC, QS-FL, President of Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments, has been providing therapy and clinical supervision for over 20 years.
"Originally from Ireland/UK, 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.
I was the Clinical Director at a 30 bed residential adolescent dual diagnosis treatment facility, 15 bed detox and 5 outpatient adolescent mental health and school-based programs, where I supervised masters and doctoral level interns and highly skilled clinicians. During this experience, I viewed clinical supervision, a cornerstone of supervised learning, professionalism, and development, as a sadly neglected aspect of clinical training.
After I left that directorship role, I began focusing more intensely on clinical supervision. As my background was with a highly diverse clinical population, in child, adolescent and family therapy as well as clinical settings, I adapted a meta-theoretical competency-based model of supervision and contracted with numerous non-profit agencies to provide "in-house" and private practice supervision to dozens of registered interns in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
My experiences as an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College, and in the Multicultural & Diversity Affairs and Couple & Family Clinic at the University of Florida (one way mirror and ear piece post-masters supervision teams) strongly influenced my views on the importance of taking a direct approach to competency-based education and training with an experiential approach to integrating academic learning into clinical competencies.
Competency-Based clinical supervision offers a systematic approach that readily accommodates the theoretical and artful aspects of the supervisor's unique skills and clinical orientation. It combines enhancing supervisee self-awareness (meta competence) and incorporating a scientific attitude, focusing on the effectiveness of evidence based interventions.
I really enjoy helping supervisees develop and hone their clinical skills, judgement and authentic therapeutic presence while also navigating the ethical and legal journeys of psychotherapy. I am thrilled to watch (through my position as Administrator of the NE Florida Mental Health Therapists Group) my previous supervisees thriving in their own practices, and leading groups and trainings throughout the state of Florida. "
A public testimonial of an example of a case where the registered MFT intern worked directly under clinical supervision with this supervisor for several years.
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 (optional - due in advance) covers four hourly sessions/month for a total of 48 hours/year plus in between session phone calls and crisis calls.
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.
Session rates and phone call rates, if not opting for the monthly rate are itemized below. In person rates are $175/hour, Telesupervision rates are $125/hour.
Contracted Monthly Rate (optional & not required- covers all sessions & crisis calls)
Four one hour sessions
One hour session
Group Supervision 3-6 supervises (60-75mins)
One hour 15 min session, includes Telesupervision
Split Individual (60-75mins)
Individual Split with another Intern
15 minute phone consult (case staffing/abuse/harm/legal etc.)
First 15 minutes
30 Minute Consultation
30 Minutes of Telephone Consultation
45 Minute Consultation
45 Minutes of Telephone Consultation
90 mins Individual Supervision
One hour and 30 mins intensive session.
Increments of $10
Supervision Inquiry Form - Please Complete:
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*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.).