Erika Lawal UKCP
I'm an Integratively trained psychotherapist and supervisor who works pluralistically, seeking to adapt my practice to the needs of those I am working with at any given time. I have UKCP accreditation as both a Psychotherapist and Supervisor (Humanistic & Integrative).
I conceptualise my role as a supervisor as a layered sandwich, with functions held together and given shape and meaning by outer layers constructed thus:
- Supervisory Role
- Supervisory Relationship
- Following the Clinical Cycle
MODELLING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
A multicultural overview is fundamental to the way in which I work and goes far further than the usual references to race, ethnicity and religion. My definition of a multicultural approach is one that recognises the importance of the shared beliefs, behaviours and mores that help shape individuals’ views as they come to define themselves as members of a particular group or society and may include gender, sexual orientation, class, age, disability (Deaf culture), political affiliation and social tribalism in addition to those variables already described.
Role, Relationship and Clinical Cycle are all elements of a way of working in which I will move between being consultant, teacher and counsellor as and when appropriate. This means that I am able to offer adjust the range and type of support offered in a way that matches your own level of experience of a supervisee while allowing and encouraging you to move towards increased understanding of, confidence in and responsibility for your own practice. This is all done within the context of modelling reflective practice in which you are encouraged to feel safe to explore both strengths and weaknesses by being shown that these are also dilemmas for experienced practitioner/supervisors.
In practice, a typical supervision session would see you checking in before going on to survey your caseload, either with reference to individual cases or by exploring emerging themes or patterns. There is normally the opportunity given to explore what I refer to as "big issues' or dilemmas that exist within practice.
I work with training, novice and experienced practitioners, offering face-to-face and online supervision across a range of platforms.