Sandra Mckeever MBACP (Snr.Accred.) UKRCP., MSc., PGDip., Cert.ED.,
I am a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, with a Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and MSc in Counselling and I offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists using an integrative approach, with a particular focus on the humanistic and transpersonal modalities.
I have supervised counsellors for a number of years in my private practice and within training settings, where I have worked as a counselling tutor and lecturer, from basic introduction to counselling courses, through to Foundation Degree level. In these settings I have delivered lectures on all areas of counselling, along with running personal development groups and monitoring skills sessions, lesson preparation and marking.
I was also the Level 4 Qualification Leader at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, and an assessor on level of qualifications so have a particular understanding of the qualifications offered by this awarding body. As a result of my work within the field of training I have a good understanding of the demands placed on trainees, and those beginning in private practice and on those who are working as counselling trainers.
I have attended training in supervision with Robin Shohet and with CTSD (The Centre for Supervision Training) in Bath. I work primarily with an integrative relationship model of supervision based on Hawkins and Shohet 7 eyed model. My focus is on supporting the supervisee to work safely and ethically with their clients whilst also attending to the needs of the client. Alongside this I see my role as supporting the supervisee to achieve their own potential within the profession. To do this I recognise the importance of the relationship within the work and I offer a safe, nurturing, non judgemental space, allowing supervisees to be open and honest in all the material they bring to their sessions. I have experience of assisting others successfully through the accreditation process.
I bring to supervision not only my own experience of working with a diverse range of clients in different settings (GP practice, an agency working with eating disorders, working with young people in a FE setting) but also my experience as a trainer and assessor.
I have continued with ongoing CPD, most recently attending a one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson on working with domestic abuse, another with Nick Duffell on working with boarding school survivors and recently completed Babette Rothschild's one year training on working with trauma and PTSD, Last year I attended the first annual conference on pluralistic conference at Roehampton University.
Alongside this I have a background in paganism, particularly Shamanism and Druidry, and other areas of alternative spirituality. I have a particular interest in the connection between body, mind and spirit, the shamanic understanding of mental ill health, and continue to study and write on these areas. To date I have articles published on counselling training and on prayer and in December of last year my first book was published, co-authored with ex colleagues, 'A Student's Guide to Therapeutic Counselling', a text book for counselling students at Diploma level upwards.
For those outside the area, and where attending face to face sessions would not be possible, I am happy to offer online work.