I have been qualified as a clinical supervisor (Diploma in Clinical Supervision) for fifteen years and currently supervise a range of counsellors and trainee counsellors in the South Devon area.
Supervision provides a container where the supervisee can be supported, validated, inspired and challenged in order to promote growth. It is also an arena providing the teaching of skills and theory, providing models and understanding. A place to check diagnostic “hunches" and formulate treatment planning, strategies and interventions. The supervisee's practice is monitored, thus ensuring the safety of both client and therapist. Finally it is a situation in which the supervisee can ventilate the frustrations of dealing with some of the more difficult clients.
When what happens in the room between supervisor and supervisee is openly negotiated, reviewed and available for comment by both parties, their primary work of supervision, the bringing of clients, happens in a much more productive and fulfilling way. A good working relationship has to be created so that it becomes safe to bring any issues.
I am an experienced, qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have an integrative approach to both supervision and therapy. I use Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, Humanistic, Person-centred, Gestalt, NLP and Energy-based meridian Psychotherapy (including EMDR) methods.
I am trained in, and utilise a number of different models of supervision, including those proposed by, Hawkins and Shohet, Holloway, Carroll, Clarkson, lnskip and Proctor, Heron, Zalcman and others. Supervision has many aspects, central to which is the relationship. Good supervision takes into account all the differing aspects as they become appropriate.