My preferred approach is Person-Centred and my degree training was Integrated (e.g. CBT, Gestalt, TA), thus I am able to bring a variety of theoretical orientations to both counselling and supervision, dictated by the needs of the client and the supervisee. I approach all supervisees with compassion.
I view the supervisory relationship as a common understanding of goals and tasks, within a strong bond of mutual trust and respect. I encourage a facilitative, interactive, supportive and safe environment for professional and personal disclosures. Supervisees worth, values and strengths are acknowledged. Feedback is given, boundaries are adhered to and space is offered in order to think and feel.
I aim to assist supervisees to: conceptualise clinical material and apply appropriate interventions, identify and manage transference, develop analytical, creative and self-awareness skills, plus clarify roles, responsibilities and ethical issues.
I encourage supervisees to: know and subscribe to appropriate codes of ethics, not over-work and to look after themselves, feel free to bring ‘bad’ work to supervision, reflect critically on their interventions with clients and be aware of how they can abuse clients.
I practice according to the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling. I require supervisees to be clear about working to a code of Ethics. I hold Public Liability and Professional indemnity insurance and recommend my supervisees do the same. I receive regular supervision and continuing professional development.
I believe each supervisee is different and flexibility around their individual needs is itself, a component of the Person-Centred Approach. For example, I may use F. Inskipp and B. Proctor’s approach based on the normative (‘good-enough’ practice), formative (development of knowledge and skill) and restorative (release for client-load stress) elements of the relationship between supervisor and supervisee.
Alternatively P. Hawkins and R. Shohet’s humanistic process model which springs from “ourselves as wounded helpers”, perhaps S.Page and V. Wosket’s cyclical structure (contract, focus, space, bridge, review) or Michael Carroll’s 7 tasks of supervision (To consult, teach, develop a ‘learning relationship’, evaluate, monitor admin, counsel, monitor ethical issues).
Please see BACP information sheet ‘what is supervision?’.
Supervision sessions are normally one hour in duration and are arranged on a four weekly basis. Individual requirements are discussed during the first session and can be reviewed any time.
The fee for Supervision is £75 per hour.