Supervisor Spotlight: Dr. Tyon Hall

Dr. Tyon Hall is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Florida. She is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor candidate and earned both her master’s and PhD in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. With over 15 years experience, plus certificates in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Dr. Hall demonstrates her commitment to providing help and healing to families in need, as well as the wider community. A passionate, engaged advocate, she was the first African American President of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, ending her post in 2019.

Community = Family 

“My work has always centered around community. Because families make up the community, becoming a family therapist was a natural fit,” Dr. Hall says. A master trainer under the famed Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Dr. Hall owns and operates her own private practice, The Abdon Group

She has developed a niche in working with couples who experience high conflict due to trauma. “I enjoy supporting couples as they do the difficult work of healing within their relationship,” she says. 

Take Your Time & Stay Curious

As a supervisor, Dr. Hall lists collaboration, cultural competency and ethical treatment as her top 3 values. She is generative in her supervision, offering her own experiences as learning tools and providing connections to those who are just starting out or need additional support. Additionally, she approaches her supervisees from a place of strength, reminding them of all they are capable of in the room.  

“I hope new professionals understand the value they have to offer and display the confidence and wisdom to challenge individuals, families and communities to be their best,” she says. 

When issues of countertransference or self-of-the-therapist arise, she works to identify triggers and then hone skills to manage the response in session. She provides a safe space for supervisees to explore their “stuck” feelings.

She easily recalls the best piece of advice she remembers hearing as she was establishing herself: “Take your time and stay curious.”  She also recommends that early career therapists utilize reference books and take workshops to continue learning, citing Brené Brown and the Gottmans, whose research-based approach inspired her to earn her doctorate, as some of her personal favorites.

“[Brené Brown’s] work centered around trauma and empathy speaks to the heart of why I practice family therapy. I believe families are strengthened through the exploration of their imperfections,” she says. 

Embracing technology may be one of the ways Dr. Hall stays curious herself. “I was unsure about the experience of online supervision, but it has been great,” she says. “The team is supportive, and it has allowed me to connect with interns who would otherwise have a difficult time locating a supervisor due to their geographic location.” Through Motivo, Dr. Hall can expand her community and impact even further. 

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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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