INTERVIEW WITH DR. WALTON

1. What is your area of expertise as a coach?

  • mental health professionals
  • individuals engaged in unhealthy substance and behavioral addictions

 

2. So, what is coaching all about?

Coaching is a partnership between, you and me, the coach and the client, focusing on creating personal solutions, arriving at individual answers, and discovering options which work. We are not talking about therapy, mentoring, sponsoring, or consulting.

 

3. Are you a competent professional?

In the past 20 years, I have supervised and coached over 100 interns and clients. This is what two satisfied clients had to say:

a. I am a LMFT who began pre-licensure supervision with Janice Walton. Prior to finding Janice I interviewed many supervisors to find strength in multiple areas of therapy. Janice is amazing! She was open to any situation, any scenario, and any problem! She was comfortable discussing absolutely anything! She’d offer ideas and suggestions that were outside the box, while not neglecting the easy solutions. She took the time to get to know me, as a therapist and person, which allowed her to encourage my growth, both personal and as a therapist. She offers a unique combination of experience, idea’s, (sic) and resources. She has been so helpful that post-license I continue to utilize her strengths and knowledge as a mentor and a coach. On a five star rating system, she comes in at a 7! ~ Cheri Rohlman LMFT, CHT

b. “After my graduation, I started my 1st job as Marriage Family Therapist in Nov 2010, and it wasn’t until May 2012 that I had my first supervision… During the year and six months, it was challenging for me to help my clients without any support, and I very much missed having a supervisor. Since my work is overseas, we do supervision through Skype. Our sessions are one hour in duration. At first I wasn’t sure how supervision would work, but after the initial few minutes, I was put to ease as I was having my supervision as if you were present with me in the room. We don’t mention client names to protect confidentiality, we discuss each case in detail, the sound and visual is clear, and at the end of each session we agree on the next supervision date and time. As such, I wholeheartedly recommend supervision through Skype for anyone seeking such service, and with sincere appreciation and respect recommend Dr. Walton as supervisor.”

 

4. Where does Coaching take place?

Coaching can take place on the phone, or through chat, email, Skype, and FaceTime. We can tailor a program that uses one or more of these methods – whatever works best. As mentioned previously each has pros and cons; all are possible.

 

5. I work for a substance abuse program; do you have expertise in that area?

My areas of expertise include: addictions, legal and ethical issues, domestic violence, child and adult sexual abuse, PTSD, attachment issues, aging and the elderly, juveniles, cultural diversity, and online supervision.

 

6. What is neurolinguistic programming or NLP? I have never heard of it.

NLP is a theory which explores the relationship between how we think, communicate, and behave. It can be a powerful change agent that can transform the way people think and act with a focus on health, positivity, and a person’s beliefs.

 

7. I have not done online coaching previously. Will you work with me?

I am very willing to work with people whatever their skill set or experience.

 

8. Do you provide referrals?

Yes. When necessary.

 

9. What computer software will I need?

It depends on your choice of medium. For instance, you may need to install Skype.

 

10. Can you help me with software installation?

No. However, software, such as Skype is easy to download and most software includes easy explanations as to how to install it.