Michael Padraig Acton
Michael Padraig Acton B.Ed., M.Ed. (Psych.) Hons., M.A.C. Psych., P.D. C. Psych., BACP (Accred), MBPsS
Therapy can be extremely rewarding and extremely challenging. I like to consider and share these extreme states and everything in between during supervision for students and new or experienced practitioners; it is about the context of clients and practitioners and how this impacts the relationship between you, the therapist, and your clients while observing effective frameworks for safety and efficacy.
I view supervision as a process. Collaboration and a strong relationship, where we can explore what’s happening together, is the key to effective therapeutic work. Simply put, a therapist who is supported and helped to think outside the box, and is generally clear about separating their stuff from their client’s, will do great work. Therapy demands much of the people involved. Supervision needs to offer a holding space, time for affirmation of what is going well and an ability to share what could be. Impacting on the success of all supervisory work is the safety of therapist, clients and the supervisory process.
Therapists in training
I have supervised students of counselling psychology, analytic psychotherapy and Rogerian certificates and diplomas, both psychodynamic trainees in placements and those taking their first certificates in the counselling process.Worksheets and reports can be completed, scanned and returned by email, as required, without issue.
Therapeutic orientations during supervision
If you are on a course and need supervision for one specific approach to therapy we can accommodate this. However, considering the appropriacy and efficacy of different methods, language and therapeutic situations will be enmeshed within this triangular relationship – no matter which approach you are employing or what issues you are working with.