Supervisor Spotlight: Becky King

“I have found that throughout my career, there are unlimited possibilities for making positive changes as a therapist or administrator and that being a helping professional is one of the greatest things that we can do a human beings.”

Becky King is a licensed clinical social worker, consultant, coach and policy advocate based in the state of Utah. Her path to success and leadership began when she worked as a secretary for Valley Behavioral Health, a nonprofit network of clinics in the Utah area. She attended the University of Utah, earning her Master’s in Social Work, as she worked as a case manager and, later, therapist, focusing on substance use disorders.

The work was not only rewarding, but personally resonant. “Some of my family members also struggled with substance use and mental health disorders, so I wanted to learn more about how I could help them,” she recalls. She specialized in substance use disorders treatment and gender-responsive programming for women and girls, utilizing a Trauma-Informed Approach in her work.   

A natural change maker, Becky is currently a Program Administrator at the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “I now have the opportunity to help make system changes that help improve policy, programs and practice related to substance use disorders and mental health in Utah and across the United States through my national work with the National Association and State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.”

Massage for Mental Health 

Becky lists empathy, safety, and empowerment as her top three values as a supervisor. She remembers first learning about the importance of self-care from her own practicum advisor. She said that unless we took care of ourselves as therapists, we could not adequately help our clients,” Becky says. The point was further made when her advisor used a supervision session to take her to the local School of Massage for a massage. “I thought this was such a great way to demonstrate self-care through an actual activity that we did together!”  

When it comes to feelings of counter-transference or self-of-the-therapist issues, Becky focuses on awareness and empathy, encouraging her supervisees to be honest with themselves and recognize where their own values or past is playing a role.

Resources, Resources, Resources

And if you are interested in resources, Becky is ready to share. She recommends a number of free publications and info sites that are helpful for therapists early in their career, including the following:  

She also is passionate about other professionals who have greatly influenced her work and who she credits with motivating her to be a better person:  

Brené Brown, LCSW, Ph.DResearch Professor at the University of Houston where she holds I hold the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. She has spent the two past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I admire Brené Brown since shares information regarding topics that most people tend to avoid – vulnerability and shame, which greatly impact our lives. Brené is a great storyteller and knows how to share inspirational information in an informative way. You can get more Brené by following two Facebook accounts, one dedicated to her quotes, one focused on her Netflix special, The Call for Courage.

Mel RobbinsCoach, author and talkshow host. Mel Robbins started her journey through her own struggles and challenges in life, which led her to become one of the best motivational speakers of our time.  She is also an exceptional coach who has helped many individuals make positive changes in their life. I admire Mel because she is down to earth and uses a direct approach to tackling real life issues. She is dynamic and has a great personality, which I enjoy. You can follow her on her Facebook page.

Lisa NicholsLisa Nichols is one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers, as well as a media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached nearly 80 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, Lisa’s courage and determination has inspired fans worldwide and helped countless audiences breakthrough to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential. I am inspired by how she used her own story to help countless individuals. She has a way of sharing that is entertaining, inspiring and informative. You can follow her on her Facebook page

Stephanie Covington, LCSW, Ph.DDr. Stephanie Covington is a clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer.  Recognized for her pioneering work in the area of women’s issues, Dr. Covington specializes in the development and implementation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Covington is not only an international icon, but one of my personal friends who has inspired me to implement gender-responsive, trauma-informed programming for women and men.  She is a pioneer in her field of work, which is used around the world. Most of all, Dr. Covington truly cares about people and continues to help others in her 70s. She is truly dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of many individuals. 

Becky learned about Motivo when she was looking for online opportunities to provide clinical supervision. She is the first supervisor from Utah to join the Motivo community! 

To get in touch with, or learn more about Becky’s work, you can follow her on her personal Facebook page, her business Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

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Emily Donahue

Emily Donahue

Emily Donahue holds a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. She works as a limited permit therapist at a private practice in Brooklyn, earning her clinical and supervision hours for full licensure. She has a special interest in women and alcohol use and her dream is to meet Irvin Yalom one day.

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