WELCOME TO MY SUPERVISION PROFILE
Since qualifying as a counsellor in 2001, I have gained experience through building an established private practice. You are welcome to make a non chargeable appointment to see if we can work well together.
Other work experience:
For five years, I co-facilitated an all-male 12-Step therapeutic rehabilitation programme of recovery from addictions for ex-offenders.
For four years I worked with Weight-Watchers International using my therapeutic skills as a weight loss consultant, supporting members with their eating issues and helping them to maintain a healthy weight and to function effectively, emotionally and physically too.
For four years I undertook the role of Senior Counsellor at Burrswood Rehabilitation Hospital. I worked with terminally ill patients together with other disabilities such as chronic fatigue syndrome, serious medical diagnoses such as MS and motor neurone disease. Other clients had complex mental health needs and personality disorders.
Although most of my work involves counselling supervision as well as pastoral supervision, I provide private counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples. Referrals come through EAP referrals as well as the Churches Ministerial Counselling Service and Barnardos Link Adoption Support. Others come through the directories where I am listed. I am also providing COVID Bereavement Support through the Kings College Hospital Charity and St Christophers Hospice.
Taking all this experience into consideration and learning so much through some of the most complex issues I have had to face, I believe I can offer supervision that is well grounded, rich, insightful and nourishing.
Over the years I have learned much through experiencing my own imperfections while in practice. The unfortunate times when errors have been made that were unexpected due to being tired, distracted, feeling vulnerable or inadequate. Its a myth to believe that we won't have these experiences at some point during our working lives. Sharing these in supervision, where appropriate, has proven to help so many of my supervisees. Some have had really high expectations of themselves to be the 'perfect' practitioner and busting myths can be an extremely helpful, exercise, especially when just starting out as a new therapist.
I work integratively using the following models:
Person Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, CBT and NLP. In addition to talking through client work introducing creativity to enhance it can be incredibly rich and powerful, giving deeper insight into the parts of clients that are affecting their lives. Also using imagery or objects relating the counsellor client relationship can be very powerful and enable my supervisees to see more clearly the transference and counter-transference between them.
I believe that a good working alliance is paramount to a successful supervisory relationship and that openness and honesty is an integral part.
I believe that effective supervision needs to be an enriching, enjoyable, supportive and collaborative experience. I don’t believe that supervision has to be heavy and serious always, as there needs to be an element of enjoyment and some humour within the ethical boundaries.
I can provide teaching within our sessions for supervisees who want to learn how to use effective creative tools or other models that they have not been trained in
Here is a brief outline of my supervision experience:
After graduating in 2001 with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling I then gained BACP Accreditation and UKRCP Registration. After seven years of varied experience gained through private practice and facilitating a intensive therapeutic programme at rehab with ex-offenders I obtained my certificate in Psychosynthesis Supervision. Since that time, while continuing to work privately with individual supervisees, I ran a supervision group offering support to helpline workers at the Croydon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre and Bromley Drug and Alcohol Service. I have also provided Diocesan Clergy Reflective Practice Supervision. I have continued to supervise groups at Cruse Bereavement - supervision of supervision, and St. Christopher's Hospice.
In addition to the therapeutic supervision that I offer, I have gained a certificate in Pastoral Supervision with APSE and offer this service to anyone who works in a pastoral capacity in any sector of the community including churches and to those of other faiths.
I offer face to face sessions with COVID Guidelines in place, telephone or Zoom appointments. I have availability for individuals or groups.
My fee is £50 per hour for individuals and £60 per hour for groups (max 4 persons per group).
I invite you to call me on 07747 742258 and book a 30-minute non-chargeable taster session, to experience a brief introduction to the supervision I can offer you. Its also a lovely way for us to meet and see if we connect well with each other.