Supervision - working together
I approach supervision as a shared learning space, a sacred safe container where we work together to understand your clients better, to explore ethical dilemmas and to develop your skills. I particularly love looking at the parallel process, transference and counter transference. I find it very rewarding, and often fun, to look at what is going on during the supervision that might be the client’s psyche at work. This is a collaborative process that requires us both to be open and share our internal experiences in service of the client. It allows you to see any blindspots around a client and to sense and feel what may be going on below the surface of the client/therapist relationship.
Learning and developing
It is my role to help you develop, to facilitate your process and learning, rather than to hold the answers as an expert. That said, there will be times where I will share from my previous learning or experience to suggest what may be going on for a client or a way to proceed. Equally, you may have previous experience or learning that you can share. In both cases this then provides the launch pad for new thinking or approaches that we can develop collaboratively.
Support and holding
I see supervision as supporting you and your clients, being on your side with the best interests of you and your clients at heart. Looking at supporting you first, this would include support in building your practice or in a quasi-therapeutic mode. This latter part would have as a context how your own development and psychological processes were affecting your clients. It would also include situations were you had strong feelings about yourself, such as thinking that you were not good enough as a therapist. My role here would be to help you disentangle your own process from that of the client, i.e., their counter transference, and to help you make use of that understanding in working with the client.
Another aspect of support is that of holding you in your work. Just as you need to hold your clients, working as a therapist and living with projections and counter transference takes its toll. Supervision provides an unseen presence during your actual work with the client. You will know that you have somewhere to turn for advice and to discuss a difficult client or situation. You are not alone in your work. Over time, supervision allows you to internalise your supervisor and to create your own internal supervisor.
My job is to help you build your confidence, competence and develop your authority as a therapist. I will reflect back your good practice and aid your self-development as a therapist. I will hold the longer view, seeing your progress from an external perspective, where perhaps it is difficult to see from within.
Working in your way
I work with counsellors and psychotherapists trained in different ways, such as person centred or analytical. I enjoy learning how others work, so welcome those trained in a different way to me. I tailor supervision to meet your personal needs and ways of working.
My Experience and Qualifications
I have worked as a peer supervisor for over a decade and about three years ago I started to take on therapists who paid me for supervision. I also work at The Institute of Psychosynthesis offering supervision to their students in groups.
I am listed as a supervisor by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) .
Contacting me and Fees
If you would like to explore working together in supervision, give me a call on 01494 814164 or 07981 473384
or use one of the methods shown on the 'Contact me and Fees'
page of this website. I charge £60 per hour for supervision.