Supervisor Spotlight: Mindy Maxwell

An experienced clinician and supervisor in Washington state, Mindy Maxwell, MHP, LMHC, likes to describe herself as “a social worker in a licensed mental health counselors body.”

Which is to say, when you work with Mindy, you get the best of both worlds: a therapist schooled in a variety of clinical practices who really sees people in their context and how they show up in the world, as well as a solutions-focused, systems-oriented thinker who understands crisis intervention and how to match clients in need with the resources available to make a difference in their lives. 

Mindy attended both undergrad and grad school at Seattle University before commencing a 24-year-long career in community mental health where she worked as a leader helping populations with serious mental illness (SMI). “I really like to work with people at all levels on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs,” she says. 

Today, Mindy’s work looks a bit different from the first phase of her career. A self-described generalist who loves variety, she runs her own private practice working with adults and families dealing with issues found in higher-functioning populations, like life transitions, feelings of “stuckness,” as well as anxiety and depression. 

The Work of Relationships 

As a supervisor, Mindy places great value on safety, trust and agency in the room. She recalls the fine line her own supervisor walked with her in terms of giving direction while also emphasizing the importance of her own instincts and willingness to try new things. “You can’t have only one tool in your toolbox,” she says. Further elaborating that a supervisor “probably could just tell you what to do, but that wouldn’t actually help.”

Mindy believes that there has to be the space for a supervisee to try a variety of interventions and know that some may work and some may not. Which is why trust in the supervision relationship is so important when you are starting out. There has to be a comfort-level in place for supervisees to be able to critically examine their work and admit when maybe something didn’t go how they wanted it to. “You want to be able to go back to your supervisor and say ‘This is what I did and it wasn’t so hot.’” Additionally, her breadth of professional experiences has resulted in the cultivation of ethical perspectives that are not only beneficial to her supervisees, but the clinical field as a whole. 

In terms of transference and countertransference, she highlights how therapy itself is “the work of relationships.” When a supervisee experiences these feelings, she talks it through with them and normalizes it – it’s all part of the job! She also attends to everyday stressors, like work-life balance, and is happy to share with supervisees the behind-the-scenes of running a private practice and all the ethical, business and practical considerations involved in being “the boss.” 

The Power of Access 

A big reason Mindy is drawn to tele-supervision is because she wants to offer more pre-licensed clinicians wider access to experienced therapists, particularly those in rural areas. 

“One of the things that I bring to the table is that I grew up in a very small town and for me, access is an issue. I know what that’s like. And this brings down the barrier of access for people,” she says. “Plus, [face-to-face video] is a great way to be able to see somebody, be able to join with them and still have that connection that, as a clinical supervisor, you want to have.”

Tele-supervision also has the added bonus of avoiding traffic! Located outside Seattle, Mindy’s aware of how long the commute can be in her area and how hard it often is for people to be able to find the time to balance all the things they need to do. 

Since Washington is a state that allows for 100% online supervision for LMHC, Mindy has been able to grow her supervision practice in just a few months. She matched with her first Motivo supervisee in the Fall of 2019, and she now has a total of four supervisees, including one dyad and another about to get started. Beyond tele-supervision, she sees this as a great learning experience for getting comfortable online if someone ever wants to offer tele-therapy services. “You see more and more insurance companies paying for tele-health,” she says. The field is only growing! 

Think Mindy might be the perfect supervisor for you?

We’d love to introduce you to Mindy through a free, 30-minute video call. Click here to let us know if you’re interested in connecting with her or one of our Motivo team members.

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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