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Green Hills with Blue Sky

About Me

"I've been getting supervision from Cris Powell for years now, and I can recommend her wholeheartedly.

She has decades of rich experience as a therapist, and has never stopped honing her clinical skills through

ongoing training and education. All of this, plus her goofy sense of humor and the obvious pleasure

she derives from her work, makes her just about ideal!"

I've been doing this work since 1986, and maintained a private practice in San Diego since 1995. I enjoy providing clinical supervision for psychotherapy interns, licensed clinicians, and psychoanalytic candidates, and I've served as clinical supervisor and administrator for UCSD Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry, Children's Hospital, Casa de Amparo, YMCA Oz San Diego, STEPS (juvenile sex offenders), Adult Protective Services, Inc., and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.                    

Throughout my career I have pursued the best training available so that my clients receive excellent care, including specialty training in attachment, trauma, communication, art therapy, play therapy, contemporary psychoanalysis, leadership and management, and many other areas. I enjoy facilitating workshops on various clinical topics for therapists, students, staff, teachers, and volunteers.

I enjoy consulting with both licensed and unlicensed clinicians, as well as leaders and managers in a variety of contexts. Newer leaders often benefit from coaching re: dealing with challenging group dynamics and high-conflict personalities in the workplace. 

The International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology featured my article, "The Juvenile Delinquent: Psychopathology or Self-Preservation?" in their Winter 2011 issue.


"I have always felt that Cris believed in me as a therapist. She has made our supervisory relationship a safe place to discuss (and learn from) failure as well as success. I come away from every session with Cris feeling invigorated, armed with a deeper understanding of what's going on between me and my patients, and confident about my ability to be effective as a clinician."


"With her warmth, intuitiveness, and wisdom gleaned from years in the field, Cris has enabled me to come to a place of greater peace and self-acceptance than I would have ever thought possible."


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