I am an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor. My core counselling training integrated psychodynamic, person centered and cognitive behavioural approaches. I have also trained as an eating disorders specialist, and have several years experience working as a counsellor online (via video, live webchat and email), and over the telephone. In addition to this, I spent three years working as a counsellor for young children which gave me insight and experience in using the creative arts in therapy, including sand tray, guided visualisations and the use of art, poetry and writing in therapy. I spent 5 years working specifically with addiction and spent 3 and a half years working as a counsellor in university settings. I also work as a lecturer and tutor on London counselling degree courses.
As a supervisor I am qualified with a Diploma in Integrative Supervision from the Minster Centre. I have experience supervising groups at a bereavement charity, as well as individually in private practice.
I describe my supervision philosophy as panoramic (for want of a better word) integrative and supportive. Let me explain...
Panoramic: I try to hold multiple perspectives when looking at the material brought by the counsellor. This approach is described by Shohet & Hawkins as the 'Seven-eyed model', which incorporates 7 different modes or perspectives:
Mode 1 - Focus on the client and what and how they present.
Mode 2 - Supervisee's strategies and interventions.
Mode 3 - Client-supervisee relationship (including transference/countertransference issues)
Mode 4 - Focus on the supervisee.
Mode 5 - Supervisory relationship.
Mode 6 - Supervisor process.
Mode 7 - Wider work context (including organisational context, and the wider world of the
Integrative: I see the integrative model both as a therapy approach, and as a philosophy. It is an appropriate approach for the endless diversity of the human condition: no two clients will ever be the same, and so a way of working is needed that allows for flexible thinking and creativity. This philosophy translates well to supervision since an intersubjective perspective allows me to comfortably supervise a wide variety of counsellor approaches.
Supportive: In the caring professions, emotional fatigue and burn-out can be common. I see it as an important part of my role as a supervisor to offer much needed emotional support, and to help the supervisee to keep self care as a priority.
Please do contact me via email or phone if you would like to discuss things further without obligation. Look at my website http://www.compassion-counselling.com/clinical-supervision.php to view some recent testimonials from supervisees.
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