"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, working with adults and couples, children, adolescents, and families. I also provide clinical supervision and consultation to psychotherapy interns, licensed clinicians, and psychoanalytic candidates. I've served as a clinical supervisor at U.C.S.D. Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry, Children's Hospital, Casa de Amparo, Y.M.C.A. Oz San Diego, S.T.E.P.S. (juvenile sex offenders), Adult Protective Services, Inc., and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, CA, as well as Private Practice.
Throughout my career I have pursued the best training available so that my clients receive excellent care.
I have specialty training in attachment, trauma, communication, substance abuse, CBT, art therapy, play therapy, contemporary psychoanalysis, leadership and management, and many other areas. I enjoy facilitating workshops and retreats on various clinical topics for therapists, staff, and teachers who work with children and adolescents.
I enjoy supervising both licensed and unlicensed clinicians. I also provide consultation to leaders and managers in a variety of contexts, and coaching re: dealing with challenging dynamics and high-conflict personalities in the workplace. I provide psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and consultation via Skype, Facetime, Google apps and telephone.
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."