Supervisor Spotlight: Ronnette White

Ronnette White, LCSW-S, LISW-S, is a therapist with over a decade of experience, who is licensed to supervise in both Ohio and Texas. She’s eclectic in her approach and truly enjoys utilizing a variety of treatment modalities, including family and marital therapy and evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, to enhance and improve the quality of life for her clients. 

Ronnette earned her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on military and veterans from the University of Southern California. USC was the first program in the country to offer a Military Social Work specialization track, offering an opportunity for  “students [to] explore evidence-based methods for helping those who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours,” according to the school’s site. 

Before shifting her work exclusively to talk therapy, Ronnette worked in a variety of social work positions, including gang intervention in Los Angeles and community education for women’s issues.

A Life of Learning

She later landed a position as a therapist at an outpatient mental health clinic. In this role, she describes her primary responsibilities include taking mental health histories, offering brief psychotherapy, marital and family counseling, crisis intervention, and supportive therapy, as well as providing evidence-based psychotherapies and case management. 

A lover of learning, Ronnette has prioritized attending various trainings over the years to gain a deeper knowledge and expertise in sub-specialties like education and consultation, depression and anxiety, and working with populations with severe mental illness. As a supervisor, she practices what she preaches and “hope[s] that new professionals will develop a passion for advancing the profession through life-long learning” as well. 

Preparing the Next Generation 

Ronnette sees her supervision role as one which inspires “new professionals to learn the importance of self-care, advocacy, and ethical patient care.” Her top three values when it comes to her practice as a supervisor are to: 

1) Be steady and reliable; we are all busy and it’s important for supervisors to make time for supervisees. 

2) Find the balance between supporting and challenging the supervisee; it’s important to ask supervisees to operate at their highest level of potential to be the best version of themselves they can be. 

3) Recognize the expertise of all parties and be willing to learn something from someone else. 

A strength-based supervisor, Ronnette clearly displays respect for and confidence in her supervisees. She recalls the best piece of advice she received from her clinical supervisor was “do the right thing by the person in front of you every time.” She went on to elaborate that sometimes you’re not going to be able to change your or their environment or circumstances, but that that should never stop you from doing your best.  “I remind myself of this statement when I find myself getting distracted or frustrated by the systemic challenges that we all face working in an agency,” she says. 

In line with how passionately Ronnette feels about advancing the counseling profession through continued education, she learned about Motivo from a colleague who was excited about the use of technology for clinical supervision. After doing her own research and being very impressed with what she found, she  signed up. “It’s great for people like me who are licensed in multiple states (Ohio and Texas). I really enjoy supervision utilizing the online platforms. These platforms allow providers to seek the right person for their supervision vs. being restricted to supervisors who are geographically convenient.”

To learn more about Ronnette and her professional experiences, check her out on LinkedIn.

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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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