I gained a certificate in supervision 2017/2018 with Jenny Biancardi. However I have been practising in counselling/psychotherapy for 17 years in different settings; GP practices, Substance misuse services, community settings - working with individuals and groups of people with multiple complex issues. My particular interest is in this latter area currently and I am hoping to produce a training course which will help counsellor/psychotherapists to consider the different needs of this client group in their work e.g. work with trauma, practical issues and creative approaches
Since training I have enjoyed practising supervision and encouraging counsellors in their work. My model is at core Person Centred, however I do sometimes draw from other models, including TA relationship models, CBT and action work. I also believe that supervision is a useful space to help workers to consider their own self care, nurture and professional development. I aim to provide a warm and comfortable space to bring all of the self.
I love to work creatively and supervision is an ideal space to experience this for yourself if you would like to introduce more creative ways of working into your practice. This could include using art or collage as a media for example or using things like sand tray work, stones, images etc. These can be particularly useful in supervision as we look at the relationship between client and therapist even if you don’t want to practice this way yourself. However this will be offered and is not compulsory.
I currently work week days when my latest appointment is 4.30pm and some Saturdays for those who can’t get time out of their job to be able to access supervision comfortably.
On Wednesdays I work from Sacriston Durham where there is ample parking and other days I work from home in Stockton on Tees, where I have a room set up for counselling and supervision and again parking is easily available.