Michelle DesRoches, RP


Michelle is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is trained in both Gestalt and Spiritual Psychotherapy. For 23 years she was on the faculty at the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training, primarily teaching in their Spiritual Psychotherapy Training Program. She also enjoys her role as a case supervisor where she supports new therapists in refining their skills and launching their careers.

Michelle is also a Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner, also known as Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy (ADT). This psychosensory therapy is rooted in neuroscience and is a healing tool for trauma, triggers, fears and other amygdala-based issues.

Michelle leads supervision groups for psychotherapists who are looking for additional support as well as those needing to fulfill their CRPO supervision requirements.

Michelle is a member of OSRP.

Seminar Description

How to Get the Most out of Supervision: September 7, 2022

  • As a new psychotherapist, the process of getting started, working competently and effectively is one of our top priorities. It can be difficult to know what to do in new situations, and let’s face it, in the beginning, it’s all new. Supervision is one of those supports that you will put in place for yourself right from the start. Of course it’s a mandated obligation, but it can be so much more if you go beyond logging hours to truly understanding how to get the most out of the supervisory relationship. It can be a stage of your professional development that allows you to really come into your own authority as a psychotherapist.

    In the workshop, we will explore the following:

      • Why supervision is necessary and how to recognize when you need it.
      • What supervision is/what it isn’t. Common pitfalls. SEUS and areas of oversight and unawareness
      • CRPO’s expectations based on registration category
      • Types and benefits of various supervision options: individual/dyad/group/peer
      • How to choose the right fit for you, questions to ask a potential supervisor that you want to hire to help shape you (include things about CRPO)
      • Your obligation and role /your supervisor’s obligation and role
      • Working together with your supervisor to set learning/training goals
      • Parallel process between you and your clients, between you and your supervisor
      • Addressing theoretical differences with your supervisor
      • Addressing conflict, judgment, lack of support in supervision
      • What supervisors have to say about their jobs and their wish list for supervisees
      • SWOT (strengths/weaknesses/opportunities/threats) approach for uncovering their learning opportunities/goals
      • Going beyond supervision and seeking legal input