Clinical Supervision

in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dynamic, Supportive, & Fun Supervision

for Florida Registered Interns

Congrats, becoming a Registered Intern is super exciting! You finally get to put the skills you learned in grad school into practice.

Get ready to navigate a whole new world within the mental health field with lots of unexpected twists and turns along your professional development journey. It's really important that you have a strong system of support around you during the next few years. There will be amazing moments and really tough ones too. 

According to research, novice clinicians are most at risk for compassion fatigue and burnout, so it's vital to have a qualified supervisor that you feel comfortable with who can help you successfully navigate this journey toward licensure. 

Supervision is an invaluable resource for novice clinicians setting you up for long-term success. Supervision should support you where you are now while also preparing you for the next steps along your professional journey such as opening up a private practice or program in the future or becoming a supervisor one day.  

What is Clinical Supervision?

Clinical supervision is a process of providing training, oversight, and education by a licensed clinician to a clinical trainee. Supervision often takes the form of regular meetings between the supervisor and supervisee to discuss details regarding session content, develop and refine specific clinical skills, and process difficult or stressful components of clinical training.


Supervision is an essential component of one’s professional development and occurs throughout the duration of training.


Supervision for Florida

Chapter 491 Clinicians 

In the state of Florida, Chapter 491 Clinicians (Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns, Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Interns, and Registered Clinical Social Work Interns) are required to accrue 1,500 supervised clinical hours in the span of no less than 2 years. This is a serious commitment and considerable thought and care needs to be used when deciding on how to accrue the supervised hours.


What is this clinician’s expertise? What are their clinical experiences? What model or approach to supervision does the clinician utilize? Clinical supervision is an investment, and the importance of making informed decisions when it comes to supervision cannot be stressed enough.

Supervision for Registered Clinical Social Worker Interns with Sheilah Ledesma, LCSW

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Congratulations on completing your MSW! You're on your way to applying and mastering the skills you gained during your graduate program. This is such an exciting and new chapter of your life as a clinician!

Next stop, licensure! Now it is time to find a supervisor who is knowledgeable and can support your professionals goals.


Selecting a supervisor who is the right fit will help you to feel prepared and confident as you actively pursue licensure and your goals as a clinical social worker. Receiving supportive supervision will equip you and help you further discover what areas of social work you are truly passionate about and who your ideal clients are. 

Meet Sheilah Ledesma, LCSW - Florida Qualified Supervisor


Sheilah Ledesma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is truly passionate about the field of clinical social work. She is a Florida Qualified Supervisor and owner of Lighter Living Counseling in Fort Lauderdale, Florida located within the beautiful offices of Bayview Therapy. She offers a unique approach and has an expertise in the world of private practice.

The registered interns she has worked with have experienced positive results including passing their licensure exam, building confidence in their clinical skills, and pursuing their passions in this field.


Supervision with Sheilah will be held either twice a month for two hours or once a week for one hour. She is flexible and will collaborate with you to accommodate your schedule. 

If you are interested in pursuing your LCSW license and would like to start receiving  supervision with Sheilah, please call us at 954-391-5305 for your complimentary consultation. 

Supervision for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns with Dr. Jeff Mandelkorn

Dr. Jeffrey Mandelkorn

Clinical supervision is a critical aspect of one’s clinical training. I am a Qualified Supervisor for individuals who are Mental Health Counselor (MHC) Registered Interns who require supervision for their clinical work.


I value the journey of supervision and I find each supervisor-supervisee relationship to be rewarding and progressive for both the supervisor and supervisee. I work hard to develop and maintain a safe space for supervision to occur. Effectiveness in supervision includes genuineness and openness, as well as predictable, consistent expectations and standards of evaluation. 

I use a developmental model of supervision that focuses on three main components: normative, formative, and restorative. Normative components refer to areas related to the governing laws and standards of therapy. Formative aspects involve the application of knowledge and skills of a specific therapeutic approach. And restorative components refer to emotional and psychological impact of working in the field of mental health.

What to Expect With Dr. Jeff Mandelkorn's Supervision

Trainees vary in their training experiences and personal attributes, and these differences lead to varying strengths and growth edges. Early in the supervision, I gather information regarding the trainee’s previous training experiences, assess the trainee’s skills and needs, and establish the frame of the supervision. I employ didactic and psychoeducational components when clinical knowledge and skills acquisition are needed. I also use process components when addressing difficult, emotional clinical content.


During the course of building a supervisor-supervisee relationship, I strive to create a warm, welcoming environment. This not only facilitates a connection between the supervisor and supervisee, it also provides a safe and non-judgmental place to explore and refine the trainee’s strengths and growth edges. I use de-identified case examples to provide context when explaining clinical theory and practice, reading materials when appropriate, and strategies to manage difficult emotional aspects of the clinical training.


Registered interns can expect an enriching and engaging supervision experience. Supervisees can expect a consistent, warm, and structured approach to supervision. Supervisees receive education and information on evidence-based treatment approaches, guidance and feedback with their clinical cases, and a safe professional relationship to approach work-related stresses and compassion fatigue. Many of my previous supervisees expressed increased knowledge and confidence in their clinical skills.


If you’d like more information, or if you are seeking a Florida qualified supervisor in pursuit of your license as a mental health counselor, please contact me at 954-391-5305 for your complimentary consultation.


In addition, visit my page for more information about my services. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Supervision for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns with Tatiana St. Germain

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Being fresh out of school can be full of excitement and a little bit scary. You find yourself feeling relieved from finally being done with classes, papers and grades. However, the fear of the unknown of what is next, getting a foot in the door, doing whatever it takes to get the job done and applying what you learned at school can bring a lot of emotions. 


I remember like it was yesterday... I was lucky enough to get into the substance abuse and mental health field right after graduation of my Masters in 2011. I was excited and anxious about what was coming for me.


Mental health was and still is at the core of what I love, but knowing how to maintain a balance and breaking out of the pre-programed expectations common to those entering the field took me some time. Through the years, I learned that besides being open minded to understanding human behavior and decision making, I needed to be open hearted to working on myself and doing my own healing as well.


I believe in the power of being committed to finding your own path as a therapist while being true to your authentic self, your values, your passion and not forgetting that you are human too. I am very excited for your journey on becoming a licensed therapist and learning not only how to help others but how to prepare yourself through this professional process. 

What to Expect With Tatiana St. Germain's Supervision

As a supervisor, I will offer you not just the practical, clinical, and ethical guidance you need in the profession but also the support you need to overcome the self-doubts and fears that you may experience. I believe that self-care in this profession is best practice and a necessity. Part of my approach as a clinical supervisor in the field is to promote, support, and model the self-care that is needed to be the best human you can be to help others. 


I deeply care about providing support, guidance, and helping you harness your clinical skills. I will be there for and with you through the whole process of your training to become a clinical counselor.  I also provide heart centered hypnosis so if you're interested in offering hypnotherapy, we could discuss that as well. 


As you get ready to pursue your Mental Health Counselor Registered Intern status and start receiving supervision, please give me a call at 954-391-5305. I'd be happy to set up a complimentary consultation so we can discuss whether we would be an ideal fit. 


In addition, visit my page for more information about my services. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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