Dr. Asha Dickerson is one of Motivo’s “power” supervisors; an LPC and NCC with a PhD in Counselor Education, Asha provides telesupervision for multiple agency groups, as well as individuals. Based in Atlanta, Asha also consults, speaks and runs workshops on topics ranging from how to talk about sexual trauma to cultural competency in therapy.
Asha’s professional experience began when she worked in Child Protective Services in her home state of Alabama. Through this work, she observed how a parent’s substance use was often the primary reason their child/children were in foster care. Asha’s caseload consisted of older teens, many of which would run away back to their families of origin. Asha knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of these kids, so she went back to school and earned her Master’s in Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Later, she earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Auburn University.
Due to her experience in CPS, she focused her clinical specialities in multiculturalism and diversity, as well as family counseling in addiction treatment. As a supervisor who puts cultural competence in the forefront, Asha stresses the importance of addressing one’s bias in the room. “Your version of success is not always your client’s version of success,” she says. “Cultural issues and stereotypes need to be addressed up front.”
She also focuses on practicing what you preach in self-care. She has witnessed many therapists talk to their clients about self-care, but never take care of themselves! “It makes me sad to see new professionals come into the field all bright-eyed and bushy tailed and then gain 15 pounds and lose their hair after a year.”
To help build rapport and trust with her supervisees, Asha models open communication and self-reflection. She makes a point of learning about her supervisees personal lives, which attunes her ear to cases she thinks may be triggering for a new clinician or cause issues of countertransference. She appreciates group work for supervision because she sees how members of the group often pick up on countertransference and help each other with awareness.
Asha cites her own internship supervisor, Dr. Solange Ribiero, and licensure supervisor, Dr. Michael Brooks, as two of the people who inspired her the most in her career. “[Dr. Ribiero] trained me in Adlerian Therapy and was willing to work with me one-on-one when I decided that was my theoretical orientation,” she remembers. Dr. Brooks is a past-president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and Asha recalls resonating deeply with his views on the importance of cultural competence and social justice advocacy in supervision. He also taught her boundaries and the importance of saying “no.”
Additionally, Asha turns to her peers for support and questions in areas of counseling she is interested in learning about. She has been a passionate and avid adopter of technology in health care and through the National Board of Certified Counselors, where she was named an inaugural 2019 Minority Fellow, she met colleague Michael Jones. In Michael, she has found a go-to resource of “invaluable telemental health training and experience.”
Reaching out, getting involved and asking questions are all ways Asha has grown and cultivated her skillset and career. Coming full circle, Dr. Ribiero is now her colleague at Adler Graduate School.
She also believes in saving time as an act of self-care, which is part of what drew her to Motivo. “Supervision through Motivo is both convenient for supervisees and for me,” she says.”I’ve never met anyone who wanted to fight Atlanta traffic after work to meet with someone to talk about work some more!”
For more ways to get in touch with Asha, you can follow her on Instagram at @dr_ashasd or Facebook. She turns to social media for a laugh – enjoying Therapy Notes on Facebook for the memes. She also appreciates Therapy for Black Girls on Instagram.
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