Support & Guidance toward your Certification in Sex Addiction Therapy
Congratulations on your journey toward your CSAT Certification!
Welcome to our CSAT community! Working toward certification is a rewarding process, however, it can feel as if you are learning a new language. Because there are many concepts, tools and tasks to learn, the process may feel overwhelming at times.
My goal as a CSAT supervisor is to meet every candidate where they are in their training process and professional growth. No matter if you are a student or a seasoned clinician.
I enjoy supporting each candidate as they develop confidence and skill in understanding and professionally executing the tasks and tools needed in this complex specialization.
In addition to my clinical work with men and women in sexual recovery, I also have extensive experience in working with betrayed partners and spouses, and speak and teach nationally on this topic, and co-authored "Facing Heartbreak" with Dr. Stefanie Carnes.
For those candidates who are interested in adding group therapy to your practice, I have many years of experience in facilitating recovery groups and workshops, and am highly skilled in the Formal Disclosure process. As a CSAT supervisor, I enjoy teaching candidates how to organize and facilitate both men's sexual recovery groups, and recovery groups and workshops for partners and spouses. My groups have been filled with a wait list and going strong for over 10 years. I work from a trauma model vs. a co-dependency model with partners.
During our work together, I will help you develop a deeper understanding of the task model with practical client application. I am here to support your learning how to best support each stage of recovery for both the addict and partner including:
Exercises & Materials
Clinical Boundaries and Self Care
Legal and Ethical Concerns
My Supervision Style
Here is a bit about who I am as a professional: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California, the founder of Growth Counseling Services, the co-author of, "Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts", the author of, "The Creative Clinician: Exercises and Activities for Clients and Group Therapy", and, "From FairyTales to Facelifts: Learning to Love the Image in the Mirror" workshop. I am an experienced Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a CSAT Supervisor certified through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
I truly enjoy supporting other therapists and clinical colleagues achieve their professional goals. The feedback that I receive on my supervision style is that I am, "supportive, knowledgeable, experienced, organized, structured, focused, creative, and responsive" - you can read more about my supervision support from other candidates here.
Other Areas I will Support as your Supervisor
Now in my 50's, I have a wealth of knowledge and business skills as a former corporate executive, and design business owner that include marketing and networking, as well as starting and maintaining a successful fee for service private clinical practice with an average clinical wait list of 6-8 weeks.
Additionally I am a national speaker, facilitate couples workshops, and a 5 star Amazon author. I write and consult on developing multiple income streams for clinicians, and have created several income streams including my popular e-book, "The Creative Clinician: Exercises and Activities for Clients and Group Therapy."
I share all of this here because as part of my supervision role I am passionate about fostering and supporting these dreams in the wonderful candidates and clinicians I am honored to work with. I sincerely believe that each therapist can realize their professional vision and make a great living at this important and very challenging work we do!
My Theoretical Orientation
My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative and Humanistic, with an emphasis on affect neurobiology. I love teaching other clinicians how to "speak brain" in understanding addiction, compulsivity and impulse challenges. It is also important to understand that "sex addiction" is not yet recognized as a diagnosis in the DSM V. We are hopeful as a CSAT community that with ongoing research this will change. In the meantime, in order to support the highest level of clinical care that is both legal and ethical, I encourage you to learn more about this here.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have taken time to address FAQs from candidates here please take a moment and read through the questions and answers provided. Once you have read through this page, and the FAQs you are welcome to contact me if you would like to set up a first supervision. Due to my schedule and time zone differences, I am best reached via email. If you email me with a question that is answered on this website, I will re-direct you here, so please do take few minutes to read through this supportive information and the FAQs.
A Little About Who I am
When I am not in my professional role I love getting outdoors! Hiking, swimming in the ocean, pilates and dance are activities that make my heart smile.
I also love to travel or just hang out with friends and family over dinner. Writing, music and creating have been life long passions for me. Oh, and chocolate...chocolate is most definitely on the list of top favorite things!
I am an advocate for animals and have 2 rescue buddies: Stanley and Pi who like to curl up next to me and bring a lot of joy and balance into my life.
Thank you for taking some time to get to know a little more about me as a person, therapist, and CSAT supervisor!
CSAT Supervision Fees
My fee is $165 for a focused 50-minute individual supervision session and I conduct these sessions via phone on Monday and Friday mornings (Pacific Standard Time). You are welcome to visit my testimonial page to hear how other therapists and CSAT's have have been supported in their work with me.
I occasionally facilitate group supervisions with 2-4 candidates and am happy to slide my fee per the allotted session time for group supervision. Please note that 2 candidates will have a full hour with the time split between each candidate and will be billed at $125/per candidate; a group of 3 will require 90 minutes of time split between each candidate and will be billed at $110/per candidate; a group of 4 candidates will require 120 minutes and this time will be split between each candidate and will be billed at $100/per candidate.
When facilitating individual or group supervision, I offer this support on Monday or Friday mornings scheduled in advance. Because our supervision will focus on tasks, tools and practice management, as well discussing clients that you are working with and applying this information to your client cases, I do not provide SKYPE sessions due to confidentiality issues. We will meet via the phone.
CSAT Supervision Forms
The following forms are needed in order to begin supervision for your CSAT certification with Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S.
Set Up Your First Session
If what I have shared here resonates with you, and you are interested in working with me as a supervisor, depending upon my current availability (please note that I typically have a wait list for supervision of about 4 weeks), I ask that we set up a first supervision session. After working together in this session, we will see if it feels like a good fit moving forward for both of us.