My training and approach as a counsellor is relational, and I believe that quality of relationship and awareness of interpersonal patterns enacted within the counselling relationship is fundamental regardless of the specific therapeutic model. In supervision as in counselling I would aim to offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space for exploration, facilitating the supervisee to develop the personal style and approach which is most effective for them. At times this may mean exploring wider issues around the supervisee's personal and professional development, being open to new models, and reflecting on the interpersonal processes occurring between us.
As a counsellor I believe it is important to be aware of wider social relations impacting on clients' inner world and material circumstances - including the power relations which arise when someone seeks professional help, and the more limited choices available to those on lower incomes. Having worked for sixteen years in a variety of voluntary-sector agencies, I have worked with a very wide range of clients, some with severe and enduring mental health problems, and many on low incomes. As a supervisor, I am keen to support counsellors who, like myself, want to offer an affordable service to clients, or who find the costs of establishing themselves as counsellors to be prohibitive. I am therefore open to negotiating supervision fees according to the supervisee's circumstances - normally within the range of £20-£40ph at present.