Adam Albrite, LMFT
While I admit this statement is awfully trite, the business of being a therapist literally found me. I entered the university a poetry major, figuring my unorthodox ideas would make more sense on a page; however, life happened, as it does, pushing me out of formal schooling. With a journal, my cheap guitar, and a best friend, I spent the next three years travelling, working odd jobs, in search for the meaning of life. I eventually returned to study communication theory and Black Feminist literature. Hoping to uncloud my brow, I later wandered through the looking-glass, bypassed the Jabberwock, met Gregory Bateson, and here I am.
The mental health profession thrives when collaboration privileges our unique backgrounds, contrasting the rich differences between each of us in the therapeutic situation. Supervision is no exception. Having trained under some of the best in the field, becoming a supervisor was a natural fit. I find the experience both challenging, given the seeds of double description, and rewarding once we see the harvest on the vine.
With a humble heart, I challenge new clinicians to transform the following three aphorisms into habitual practice: 1) Foster patience, 2) Read often, and 3) Be kind to yourself. Achieving a healthy relationship with your professional identity is nurtured by remembering a rather important clue—you already have much of what you really need to be an excellent therapist. Now it’s a matter of tapping into that and setting it free.
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AAMFT Approved Supervisor
- Valdosta State University: MS
- University of Louisiana: Ph.D. Candidate
- Gender Health and Wellness
- Work-Life Harmony
- Grief and Loss
- Men's Issues
- Reflecting Teams
- Developing Affirming Practice
- Ericksonian Brief