Pernille Finegan: Psychotherapy, Couple Counselling, Supervision, Focusing
I am a UKCP recognised supervisor under the auspice of HIPC (Humanistic and Integrative College), meeting their stringent criteria for training and inclusion. As a member of HIPC I "believe in seeing each individual as a whole person including body, feelings, mind and spirit. I aim to work with a full range of influences to encourage clients to develop themselves, their relationship to others and to society" (as stated on the HIPC home page).
Supervision has been defined as:
“a joint endeavour in which a practitioner with the help of a supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves as part of their client practitioner relationships and the wider systemic context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their client relationships, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession” (Hawkins & Shohet: Supervision in the Helping Professions, p. 60) I see supervision as a collaborative and creative endeavour. Just like the therapeutic relationship it is based on trust, reflection and exploration.
I received my supervision certification from Centre for Supervision and Team Development where I was trained by Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot, and I have attended many of their CPD training days, as well as being in a closed supervision group with Robin for a number of years.
I believe passionately in the benefits of supervision and it has always been an integral part of my own practice as a therapist and supervisor. I receive professional supervision as well as being part of peer supervisory relationships.
I have experience of offering individual and group supervision to both trainees and qualified therapists working with individuals and couples. I use the 7-Eyed Model of supervision as a basis for looking at the different dynamics that may be at play. Additionally, I am happy to give particular attention to psychodynamic or humanistic / person centred modalities. I also have some knowledge of systemic theory, CBT and EFT. I increasingly use a focusing stance in supervision, tuning into the felt sense of what’s presenting. In this way an issue can be looked at from many different angles, often creating more space and possibility of understanding to find a way forward.
I was the Placement Co-ordinator at Balham Community Counselling Service, a low cost counselling service. As part of my role I supervised trainees from many different modalities, individually and in groups.
I offer some concessions to trainees and newly qualified therapists.
I offer group supervision by arrangement.