"I have been trained in clinical supervision, and over the years have offered supervision for practicum students, interns, Masters level counselors seeking supervision for licensure, parish pastors wanting to grow in pastoral counseling skills, and other therapists who desire to be accountable and intentional in their development as professionals. I have taught a continuing education course on mentoring through ESD101 and been a mentor to counselors in school, agency, and church settings."

Most therapists do their best work when they are doing counseling and receiving counseling, giving supervision and receiving supervision, reading books and writing one. Supervision serves to protect the public, build the skills of therapists, and allow Dr. Ray to give back to the community. He has taught courses and interns about all the things he wished he had been taught in graduate school, about the pragmatics of the business of counseling, and the how-to’s of the art and science of psychotherapy. Dr. Ray has hired interns, counselors and a psychologist to work on his team, and helped each of those team members to grow. Just as the heart of psychotherapy is a healthy relationship, so is the heart of supervision to build and maintain a healthy relationship, with the goal that what is learned in the safe “laboratory” of supervision can be passed along in the counseling work of the supervisee.

Group supervision (if allowed by licensing laws) offers more interpersonal relationship dynamics, reduces the fee per participant in the group session, and allows more feedback to the one presenting a case. Individual supervision offers more time for in-depth exploration of issues, a more safe environment for exploration and growth, and a stronger therapeutic alliance in the session. A balance of group and individual supervision can provide the benefits of both formats. Dr. Ray said, “My most respected supervisors have been the ones who demonstrated compassion for me and my clients along with an appropriate rhythm of confrontation of my defenses or barriers to growth, which is what I want to give to my clients and to those I supervise.”

To explore supervision options with Dr. Ray, call 509-466-6632.

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Dr. Ray Smith


Ray Wm. Smith, Ed.D
9507 N Division Street Suite A
Spokane, WA 99218-1556

Phone: (509) 466-6632
Fax: (509) 466-0117
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Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
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