Professional Disclosure Statement

Dr. Maranda Griffin, LPC (#3303), LMHC (MH15873)

I am excited about the journey we are about to embark upon.  This document is designed to provide you with information about my educational background, theoretical orientation, and experience as a mental health professional and clinical supervisor in order to ensure that you understand our professional relationship. I view our relationship as a collaborative one and I hope that by reading this disclosure you feel better equipped for this experience.

Education:  I received my doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University (2011), my master’s in Counseling and Psychology (1999) and my bachelor’s in Elementary Education (1996) from Troy University. Additionally, I have also attended specialized training programs, workshops, and conferences in various mental health and substance abuse areas topics to acquire specialized clinical knowledge and skills.

Licensure and Certifications: I am a licensed professional counselor (Alabama) and a licensed mental health counselor (Florida).  I have held certifications in Juvenile Sexual Offender Counselor, Co-Occurring Disorders Professional – Diplomate, Certified Addictions Counselor, and Mediator.

Counseling and Supervision Experience: I have worked in the field of counseling for twenty years, as a clinician, a supervisor of clinicians, and within state government coordinating mental health services.  My agency related work experiences have primarily consisted of working with survivors of sexual assault, substance abuse, and perpetrators of sexual violence within private mental health clinics and within legally mandated secure facilities.  In private practice, I have worked with couples, individuals experiencing anxiety, and woven faith principles as requested by the client.  I have direct experience working with adolescents and adults through individual, group, and family counseling.  Since 2011, I have provided instruction to students enrolled in clinical mental health masters’ program to include practicum and internship students.  I am skilled in the use of distance counseling.  These clinical experiences have offered me vast opportunities to work with most types of mental disorders. I have also provided supervision to counselors and case managers in an outpatient and residential setting.

Professional Association Memberships: I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and the Florida Counseling Association (FCA). In addition to my professional affiliation, I often engage in scholarship through publication and presentation within the profession.

Philosophy and Theoretical Orientation:  I approach supervision from a collaborative framework with an emphasis on personal as well as professional counselor development. I believe a counselor’s level of personal development affects his or her ability to provide counseling services, which are critical so that impairment does not compromise the counselor-client relationship.  I believe that supervisees developmentally progress as a result of their clinical experiences which are not resigned solely to service delivery but also through collaboration, consultation, and supervision. As a supervisor, I assume many roles, to include: teacher, evaluator, consultant, and counselor. Specific attention is placed on skill development and professional growth to ensure competency in five major domains: counseling skills, conceptualization and planning skills, supervision consulting skills, evaluation skills, and professionalism.    My counseling orientation is heavily influenced by cognitive-behavioral approaches to counseling. I respect the supervisee’s theoretical orientation and will attempt to broaden the supervisees’ theoretical framework by periodically encouraging the supervisee to view clients’ problems and concerns through alternate theoretical viewpoints to improve and broaden clinical knowledge and skills.  The counseling theories that guide my supervision style are Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  The supervision models that guide my supervision approach are Relationship Models, Interpersonal Process Recall and Developmental Models.