My philosophy of supervision is that it is a contracted arrangement between a supervisor and supervisee, within which the supervisee feels supported whilst they discuss, in depth, their work with clients.
For me, supervision is a joint venture inspiring the desire to attend to the needs of the client and the context in which they are presented. I therefore encourage supervisees to use supervision to stand back from their work, reflect, and engage with the understanding that problematic situations often lead to the discovery of new meanings.
Supervision helps sustain the personal resourcefulness that is required to carry out the work as a counsellor or psychotherapist. In order for this to be achieved I refer to the functions of supervision outlined by Proctor. Supervisees can expect formative feedback as a developmental function of supervision increasing awareness of possible blind spots and vulnerabilities, which are inevitable when working with clients. From this, they can gain a greater understanding of both the client and their own reactions and responses. This brings clarity to their appreciation of the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship and also a comprehension of the consequences of their interventions.
In addition normative feedback serves to act as a quality control and refers to things such as ethics and professional norms. However, most important is restorative feedback. I encourage supervisees to reflect on the way the distress and pain of their clients affects them; inviting this to be addressed in supervision reduces the chance of the supervisee becoming burned out or overloaded.
Having supervised within CRUSE and other organisations, I obtained my Diploma in Relational Supervision from Ibis Consultancy and now offer both group and individual clinical supervision within my private practice.
Individual supervision is highly valuable. However, group supervision also has benefits which include the richness of peer feedback and multiple perspectives which are helpful to both personal and professional development. Details of fees and arrangements are available on request and are agreed collaboratively.
Individual charges are £45 per hour. £65 for the BACP recommended hour-and-a-half.
Please feel free to call or email me to discuss an informal, free, no-obligation meeting.