Sue Christy COUPLES IN CRISIS SPECIALIST - ONLINE & TEL - SPACES AVAILABLE
I offer a warm, friendly and professional Person Centred/Integrative counselling supervision for counsellors, therapists and other helping professionals workng with individuals, couples and families, including those working in the voluntary sector. Supervisees come to see me from Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire and I offer flexiblity to meet the most demanding of schedules - offering sessions during the daytime, evenings, Saturdays or via Skype and FaceTime where appropriate.
The supervision I offer is a structured process of regular professional support that aims to promote your continuous personal and professional development through discussion and reflection. It is of huge importance that you feel comfortable and secure in your supervision arrangements and I pride myself in fostering a nurturing and holding environment for the supervisees I work alongside - no matter what your experience levels are.
My Supervision training by the British Psychological Society provided me with a good working knowledge of the main 5 models of supervision - Hawkins & Shohet, Waskett 4S Model, Padesky's CBT Model, The Proctor Functional Model and the Stolenberg & Delworth Integrated Developmental Model - (IDM). I am able to draw upon my knowledge and understanding of these models to ensure that are able to decide together which approach (or blend of approaches) will best suit your particular needs, re-contracting at regular intervals to keep in line with your development as a practitioner.
Essentially, the supervision I offer has three overlapping functions: supportive, formative, and normative, also sometimes referred to as restorative, educative and managerial. For example, helping you to reflect on what happened in a particular session with a client is in part a mutual monitoring of your practice. Talking about your work is also supportive as working with people who need help involves ‘emotional labour’. Supervision therefore offers you the opportunity to offload in complete confidence; it has been compared to ‘pithead time’, the opportunity for miners to wash off the grime from the working day, so that they do not bring it home!
In the same way that it is not our job as practitioners to tell our clients how to live their lives, as a supervisor I do not see it as my job to tell you how you ‘should’ practice. Rather I see supervision as a collaborative process in which I facilitate you to reflect on your work and thus develop a ‘super’-vision. As a professional person you have the responsibility for your own practice. Therefore, instead of telling you what to do, I help you reflect on all aspects of your work, thus enabling you to learn from your experience and work ethically, safely and effectively. Any actions that need to be taken may be discussed and reflected on together.
So as a supervisee you play an active role and need to prepare for each session beforehand Being told what may be going on, or what you should be doing may seem attractive, but will create dependency and prevent you from further developing your own knowledge and expertise. We learn best when we are actively involved, not when we passively receive someone else’s opinions.
Developmental Supervision- As a counsellor I am passionate about supporting practitioners in training and people who may have qualified relatively recently, recognising the often complex needs and difficulties you may face as you set out on your counselling career path. Although the same principle of mutual reflection applies, there is more emphasis on the educative function of supervision and the supportive role. We may even decide to share a client together to help build confidence and develop a clearer understanding of how each other works - an approach that is common with other helping professions but sadly lacking in counselling supervision generally. Our relationship is not unlike that of student –mentor, and I will share in your successes, help you when you wobble and share my resources and experience with you along the way!
Consultative Supervision - This is for qualified and experienced practitioners. Here the relationship between practitioner and supervisor is more collegial. The supervisor does not necessarily have to share the supervisee’s theoretical or practical orientation. Some people find it helpful to have supervision with someone from a different theoretical orientation, as they are less likely to share the same blind spots or ways of thinking. It may also enable you to widen your theoretical perspective.
How much supervision should I have? The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy stipulates that every practitioner should have a minimum of one and a half hours a month. The United Kingdom Central Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) stipulates a one to six ratio for students and those newly qualified. For experienced practitioners the UKCP leaves the frequency and amount of supervision it to be decided between you and your supervisor. Both the BACP and the UKCP recognise that the amount of supervision you need also depends on your workload, the nature of your work and, your level of experience. The higher your workload and the more stressful the nature of your work (such as working with severely disturbed, traumatised or abused clients, the more supervision you are likely to need.
I would love to get the opportunity to discuss your supervision requirements.
Sessions cost £55.00 for 1.5 Hours.