Supervisor Spotlight: Catrina Drinning-Davis

Catrina Drinning-Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (LPC-S) who provides therapy and supervision in Texas.  

An avid reader, life-long learner and helper at heart, Catrina started her career journey in another field, but found herself feeling unfilled, which isn’t to say she didn’t have a lot on her plate. “I worked full time, went to school and was a single mom of two daughters,” Catrina recalls of her path to counseling. 

After earning a Bachelor’s in Management, she went on to complete her Master’s in Counseling at Dallas Baptist University. “It was an amazing experience for me,” Catrina says. “As we all know graduate school in our field really makes you look at yourself, your family of origin and your path. I grew SO much doing this time!”  

Throughout her nearly decade of experience, Catrina has worked in a variety of settings and populations. “I worked in drug treatment (both in jail and at an agency), in acute clinical settings, in private practice, and I completed my practicum in a domestic violence agency,” she says. And while she knows she thrives in a number of different environments, she also knows the type of client she gravitates toward. 

Tough Cookies 

“I excel when working with clients who I call ‘tough cookies.’ These are women who are very strong, they are direct, they take on the world!  But they also hurt because they feel that they need to carry it alone. I enjoy working with these clients because they are willing to do the work, they are willing to be honest with themselves.” 

As a supervisor, Catrina values collaboration, ethical consideration and standards and the journey of growth. 

The best piece of advice she remembers receiving in her own supervision was to “Never work harder than your client! Starting out as a therapist, and even sometimes as a seasoned clinician, it is difficult to not work harder than our clients. Afterall,” she says, “we cannot do it for them.”

When attending to self-of-the-therapist issues, Catrina has noticed that most of the supervisees she’s worked with “seem to have a good sense of themselves, probably due to the journey of grad school.” She observes how her supervisees generally show up with a level of awareness of their own situation and work diligently to not over identify with clients. “If this problem does occur,” she says, “we work through it. If things are stirred up for the supervisee, I recommend they attend their own therapy to address the issue.”  

Thinking Outside The Therapy Box 

As an active, engaged clinician, Catrina belongs to “many, many” therapist groups on Facebook and LinkedIn and is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.

“I look for suggestions [in the groups], and I Google and Google,” she says of her process. “I’m currently exploring ACT, Russ Harris’s ACT Made Simple Facebook page is a great resource. I also look for things outside of the therapy world to draw inspiration and share with my clients.  I think sometimes we get stuck in ‘therapist-y’ things and forget to look at other resources that may resonate more with our clients.”

A personal practice that Catrina turns to in her work is her faith. And while she carries her faith in everything she does, she is also a big believer in meeting her clients where they’re at and what they believe in. This approach allows Catrina to tailor the therapy she does for each client. A prolific reader, she always has her clients in mind, sharing books and articles that speak to what they are working through. She recommends Psychology Today, digital libraries and Audible as accessible resources for this. 

Developing New Clinicians

When the state of Texas changed its rules to allow for 100% online supervision for LPCs, Catrina was one of the innovators who jumped on the virtual bandwagon.

It was a Facebook post that brought Catrina to Motivo. “I was ecstatic to find Motivo through a Facebook group!” she says. “Supervision online is the future! We are pioneers here. I really do wish this would have been an option for me as a supervisee. It would have saved me so many hours on the commute and time away from my girls.” 

Since matching with her first Motivo supervisee in the summer of 2019, Catrina has grown her supervision practice to include individual, dyadic, and biweekly group supervision sessions—all online! One of her first supervisees, Sandra Morris, has quickly become an MVP LPC intern. 

“Catrina ensures we know how to contact her and when we do she actively responds,” Sandra said. “She goes above and sends worksheets and other resources to us via email. I value that she values us and allows us to be ourselves.”

Think Catrina might be the perfect supervisor for you?

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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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