Supervisor Spotlight: DeAnna Hight

DeAnna Hight, LCSW, LCSW-C, RPT-S, is a clinical supervisor, with a specialization in play therapy, licensed in Virginia and Maryland. A passionate advocate for children, DeAnna knew from a young age that she was going to be either a counselor or veterinarian. As a teenager, she decided to pursue early childhood education, with the idea that she would operate a daycare or preschool. That all changed after she reported her first suspected case of child abuse, though. 

An Ace of Hearts

“I decided to become a social worker, first in child advocacy, and later in private practice,” she says. “So the journey began!”

DeAnna went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Metropolitan State University and a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver, with additional training and education from the Family Therapy Training Center of Colorado.  

While DeAnna started her career with the mission to help traumatized children (which she does, particularly through the use of play therapy and expressive arts), one thing DeAnna loves about the social work profession is the diversity of interests, populations and opportunities available in the field. 

When it comes to DeAnna’s top 3 values as a supervisor, she cites the acronym: ACE. “ACE, by definition, is ‘a person who excels at something,’” she explains. “My goal is to mentor others to be the best they can be, through Acceptance, Curiosity and Encouragement.

Tailor-Made Supervision

She also shares some of the best wisdom she received when she was in supervision: 

“Trust the process” and “Don’t ask your client to do anything you have not done yourself.”

In order to help therapists become more aware of counter-transference or self-of-the-therapist issues, DeAnna uses exploration and discussion without judgement through parallel process; she also encourages journaling and use of the expressive arts.

Additionally, DeAnna is individualized in her supervision work, basing recommendations for reading, resources and further training on interests, learning styles, strengths and needs of the supervisee, as well as working with the presenting problems and themes from supervisee’s clients.  

Some of DeAnna’s biggest professional influences are Eliana Gil, who DeAnna describes as “incredibly knowledgeable and intuitive; she is very calm and calming; she models acceptance and curiosity; most importantly – she makes it safe to feel vulnerable, providing the opportunity to experience what our clients experience = increased awareness.” She also likes Tony Robbins for his energy, positivity, and influential, strengths-based style of motivation. 

DeAnna learned about Motivo while searching for HIPAA-compliant ways to provide clinical supervision online. A self-described “late bloomer with technology,” she challenged herself to get onboard and adapt. She initially thought that it would be something that younger generations would prefer, but found additional benefits for all ages when shelter-in-place orders rolled out with the Coronavirus pandemic. 

And while she loves in-person work, she knows the practical value of online supervision in terms of saving time, money and offering convenience. 

Think DeAnna 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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