My philosophy of supervision is to develop a person-centred relationship where the supervisee’s needs and well-being are the focus of a working alliance. Within an existential orientation this includes providing a setting that enables the monitoring of client work together with consideration of personal practitioner development. This is to insure that the supervisee experiences themselves as held and trusted and the relationship as secure and safe. I also see supervision as a developmental process where the therapist/client relationship is modelled in the supervisor/supervisee relationship. This is so in existential terms in questioning what the relationship is achieving and what is being experienced by all participants. My experience of being a supervisor tells me that it involves a reciprocal process requiring supervisory practice centred around mutual reflective learning.
With the BACP Supervision guidelines in mind my approach is also to provide an adequate measure of consultancy that ensures good practice and client safety. This enables the supervisee to have the confidence to be creative and spontaneous in their work knowing that a monitoring process is available as they progress.