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Jorge Colapinto, LMFT

Faculty, The Minuchin Center for the Family   


Paula Ochs possesses that rare combination of intellectual discipline and spirited creativity that is key to promote change in others.  Her ability to zero in on the essence of problem situations, tap on her clients’ underutilized strengths, and push them to grow beyond the constraints imposed by themselves or others make her a very effective therapist as well as an invaluable resource to her supervisees.  


Edward "Wally" Weikert, LCSW, LMFT

Clinical Director, Family Service League, Bloomfield NJ


In the 26 years I have worked with Paula, she has always maintained a devotion and dedication to striving for excellence in the therapeutic process. This certainly includes her work as a supervisor as well as a therapist. If you want a supervisor who is knowledgeable, challenging, devoted, and empathic, and dedicated to your development as a therapist, you should take the opportunity to be supervised by Paula. This would be a gift to yourself.


Karyn DeBalfo-Ambrosio, MSW, LCSW

Family Therapist; Private Practice


Working in supervision with Paula Ochs for over ten years enriched my work and honed my skills as a family therapist. The family system is often quite complex and having the opportunity to be supervised experientially lends itself to a depth of perspective and perception that far exceeds case presentation and discussion. On many occasions I have utilized interventions such as sculpting and role play with families who were resistant to more conventional methods. The shift is often dramatic and eye opening to clients, and particularly powerful for children who can often better show, rather than explain, family issues to their parents. Chrysalis Supervision is both innovative and comprehensive. I would recommend Paula Ochs to any colleague who welcomes a challenge in their supervision with quality results.


Bridget Schirripa MSW, LCSW

Former Group Member


Choosing to join Chrysalis Clinical Supervision was one of the most enriching and rewarding decisions in my professional development. I have grown leaps and bounds thanks to this supervision group and I will be forever grateful for my time spent here. My ability to conceptualize cases, understand family dynamics, and find creative ways to join with difficult/resistant clients has improved greatly because of this group. Paula’s approach is direct and to the point. She challenges the group to step outside their comfort zones and has a great gift of developing confidence in new clinicians. Her commitment to this work is undeniable and I would recommend this group to any clinician looking for both a challenge and a great opportunity for growth!


Patricia O'Dell, MSW

Private Practice


Paula is a dedicated and gifted couples and family therapist and supervisor who is fully committed to the training of future generations of clinicians.  She provides her trainees with rich clinical opportunities that facilitate their growth with confidence and ease.  Paula is able to articulate the nuances of treatment in a manner that enable her trainees to experience the "aha" moments that are so powerful in clinical work.  She is a life-long learner who has studied with some of our profession's most treasured family therapists, both in North America and abroad, and generously imparts her knowledge, wisdom and skills to others.

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