Lisa Harris MBACP NCS Accred therapist, clinical supervisor & trainer
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Looking for a supervisor can sometimes be a daunting task, can't it? There are so many things to consider, and so many questions to ask! Let me start by saying that is ok, I feel the same, and I’d be happy to meet you in person for a 90 minute introductory appointment as this often helps you come to your decision. This will ensure you have the opportunity to explore if I can offer you what you need, and if we could work well together.
The relationship between myself as a supervisor and you as a supervisee will be a unique one. You'll bring your own learning style, experience, your fears as well as confidences – I'll offer you my experience, training, networking, resources and knowledge to support and encourage you in your supervision.
I'll respond to your needs as I'm able within professional boundaries which we will both be responsible for respecting.
I'm a real person, and I have a sense of humour! I also have fears, confidences and insecurities which I take responsibility to challenge or work through in my own supervision or therapy. Yes, I am human too. You may often hear me say we are all "human first", this is an important thing to remember and in my experience allows us to be all of who we are in supervision and beyond.
I'll be interested in hearing what it is you would like or need from me as your supervisor.
Perhaps you’re not sure yourself yet, so a place to begin might be to look at your needs, aspirations, ways of working, or current requirements of work or any study you may be under taking.
You may be just beginning your journey and looking for support and encouragement through placements and study. Your first supervisor is an important choice and will be a unique and new working relationship. It will be helpful to talk through your requirements, hopes, expectations and for me to answer any questions you may have. My experience tells me that the most important factors in our development as practitioners are the quality of our training, our choice of supervisor and personal therapist and our commitment to ongoing learning.
If you are also an experienced practitioner you may already be clear what you are looking for, or considering a supervisor different in approach to what you have experienced previously to challenge or stretch you in new ways. You may be in the early stages of exploring your future options when your time with your current supervisor comes to an end. I'd be happy to explore these options with you.
What might you experience or wish to bring to supervision?
It can be helpful to look at a particular skill you may wish to develop – perhaps assessment, contracting, evaluating or giving feedback, or maybe focus on strengthening a particular way of working you have less experience with. You might be looking for a safe and supportive place to learn and grow where we can both offer and receive challenge. I’d be happy to work with you to achieve this, whatever your level of experience.
Organisations may choose to provide supervision for the service leaders and those working within or request consultancy to develop their service and inform the procedures and practice they offer.
Supervision can change in focus over a period of time, or even during a session. It may involve support, ethics, development, case management, containment, modelling, transference, power dynamics, shame, safeguarding, blind spots, monitoring or evaluation, fitness to practice, service building and development – the list is endless. My view is supervision is a journey of learning and support to ensure good practice that we will experience together.
Supervision is a safe place to explore your worries or concerns about a piece of work, a theme or an issue, to access help if you feel stuck or overwhelmed. Importantly it is also a place to celebrate the important work you are doing and cherish the progress both you and your clients make.
I'd like you to remember if we decide to work together you will have my commitment to your development and well-being which I would hope would enable you to express and explore your doubts or fears. This is a very valuable part of supervision at times. Often it is when we are at our most fragile we can be at our best as a practitioner and I'd love to be alongside you and support you as you experience this development and growth.
What can I offer you?
I can offer you the benefit of my current working practice as well as professional experience and training.
I began working as a therapist in 2007. I worked as an NHS sub-contractor in Hull from 2011-2017 and in this time I worked as part of SPA, DASH, IAPT and using the IAPTUS system through ‘Let’s talk’. I have worked for two local adult counselling organisations and undertaken EAP, NHS qualified provider sub contract as well as a busy private practice since 2012. I have worked for a Children and Young People's service as a therapist, as well as providing therapy and supervision to employees in companies and charities. I began working as a supervisor in 2015 and have experience supervising qualified and experienced therapists, counsellors in training, Social workers, other professionals working in health or caring professions as well as those with specific decision making responsibility. I was Clinical Lead at a Brain injury Charity 2018-2019, working directly with those effected by acquired/traumatic brain injuries and a focus on service development.
I work exclusively in established private practice in Hull. I have good networks, and I'm always happy to share knowledge and resources or offer you signposting if this could be helpful.
I can offer you a regular appointment so you can plan your diary with ease and we will contract for your requirements. Some choose to attend weekly, fortnightly or 4 weekly, inline with the needs of their case load or course requirements.
What training do I have?
I have a Diploma, Foundation Degree and Honours Degree in Counselling Practice from Leeds Met. I trained in the Humanistic Person Centred, Gestalt and TA approaches.
I have additional training in CBT, NLP, Mindfulness, working with young people and criminology. I'm currently studying for a Diploma in working with chronic pain and health conditions and a Certificate in Neurological Cognitive Rehabilitation.
I received my Certificate in Clinical Supervision from the Northern Guild in Newcastle.
I have undertaken much CPD over the years which has added to my practice and understanding.
I am a member of Pink Therapy which is the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
As a supervisor, therapist and consultant I have a particular interest in;
*faith and spirituality
*ensuring as a profession we are able to make the most of supervision to both develop as individuals and in our practice
*organisational structural and delivery development
*advocating for ethics and boundaries in our work
*Non-Neuro typical and neuro - diverse working
*Offering good quality and informed CPD and guest speaking
What's my background?
Well, I've always worked with people in one form on another.
My first job in 1993 was in an old cottage hospital working as a care assistant on the long stay care of the elderly wards (as they were known then), often with those impacted by strokes or long term health conditions. These kind of wards don't even exist any more. I really loved this job as I had so much one to one time with my patients to attend to their care and needs.
This progressed to working in a brand new build hospital working in the diagnostic radiology department, which was very high tech for its time. This is much more commonly referred to as the x ray department! My role was to look after patients emotional and physical well being when in the department for any kind of scan, x ray, or investigation. Again I really enjoyed the personal connection I was able to have with patients at what was usually a painful or frightening time for them and their relatives.
Becoming a parent in my 20's put my working life on hold. When I returned, the world of nursing and caring had changed so much, and time for dedicated one to one care was disappearing quickly, sadly. This made me re-think.
I then created and followed a successful career in charity retail management and leadership. I worked for several well known national charities as well as a local hospice. I later began working as a foster carer. In time was a vice chair of governors for a large Junior school for 9 years, a voluntary role which took a lot of dedication, additional learning and time. My specialism was child protection and safeguarding.
Therefore, I developed a sound understanding of the looked after system and educational dynamics, as well as experiencing the stress of being key parts of OFSTED inspections.
Both of these roles were very rewarding in different ways, and wow did I learn a lot!
I came to a point in my life where I felt it was time to make some significant decisions, and one of these was to begin lengthy training as a therapist. Like you, I studied for many years experiencing all the realities which come with that choice of career.
Over time I have worked in many different therapeutic environments and in different ways, gaining so much experience, knowledge and wisdom along the way. Having worked as a sub contractor in several different settings and a private therapist for years, I was encouraged by my own supervisor to consider my own career direction and growth given the experience I had accrued. After careful consideration I decided to train as a supervisor with the well established and respected Northern Guild in 2015.
I now offer therapy, supervision, consultancy and training to professionals, those in training and interested others.
A few years from there, this is where it seems our paths have crossed.
By reading this I hope this has given you a sense of what it might be like to work with me, and a feeling of who I am as a person and what I bring to the profession.
I would encourage you to ask me a question if you have one however. If I am not what you are looking for, perhaps I could suggest another avenue for you to explore.
It is my own experience it's so very important you feel you get what you need in supervision, and I'd be looking to check this out with you regularly if you did choose to work with me.
If you require reports, particular feedback or specific support I will be keen to work with you on this.
How do I work?
I am a member of the Accredited Voluntary register British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy, Registered (MBACP) and accredited by The National Counselling Society. This means I abide by an Ethical Framework, attend regular clinical supervision as well as take responsibility for continued professional development. Membership also means I am subject to its complaints procedure too.
I am a divisional member of the BACP Spirituality, which honours spirituality, belief and pastoral care in counselling and psychotherapy. BACP Spirituality is for counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral carers, chaplains and related professionals whose own work and world view, or whose client's world view, is informed by a spiritual perspective. It offers a rich opportunity to make links with others who share and are interested in a broad range of related subjects and beliefs.
My Christian faith is a self-disclosure choice and is only ever as present in our work as you invite it to be. I’d like to be clear I work with those with or without a faith or spiritual practice important to them, equally. I’d be happy to discuss this with you further if you wish.
My way of working is of regular appointment days and times, I find this works best for both me, and my clients and supervisees. We can have clear expectations of each other if we understand and contract for this from the outset.
For supervision this is usually a 4 weekly, weekly or fortnightly arrangement, dependent on your case load needs, management needs or training requirements. Your unique circumstances, experience and needs will be explored fully before we contract if we agree to work together.
Some choose to arrange regular supervision, and book in extra sessions as their needs, case work or studies change.
I also offer;
- *peer supervision group for those with significant experience* (see below)
- *student and developing practitioner skills development group*
- *group Supervision* (see below)
- *networking group*
- *independent or in-house CPD, workshops and training* Contact me to enquire about upcoming CPD opportunities
If you are interested in being part of a group please contact me to express your interest and discuss this further.
My fee is £45 for a one hour one-to-one hour session for therapists or trainees in paid placements or paid employment for weekday day time appointments.
If you require a regular weekend appointment then the fee is £50 an hour. Weekend supervision is available one Saturday a month.
Specialist supervision and consultancy is charged at £50-£75 an hour, please contact me to discuss your requirements.
When supervision is paid for by a company or charity on behalf of an employee or volunteer, this rate will vary according to invoice terms and required documents or reports.
Please see below for group supervision options.
For our first one to one introductory meeting I allow up to 90 minutes. This will not count in your recorded supervision hours requirements as it is a meeting not clinical supervision of your work. In this time we can fully and comprehensively explore your experience, needs, worries, confidences, questions as well as your course requirements if you are studying. We will also fully discuss a supervision agreement.
This means that at the end of our time together we will both know each other better and be able to make a fully informed decision if we wish to continue to work together. The fee for this valuable time together is £20.
Telephone and email support is always free and available to my one to one supervisees as agreed in contracting. Group supervisees will contact their supervisor with overall clinical responsibility in emergencies.
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What happens now?
If you feel you’d like to speak with me after reading this, you can contact me directly on 07866061165 or via the contact me button. We could then arrange to meet in person and see where we go from there.
Thank you for considering me as your supervisor, and I wish you well, wherever your enquiries lead you.
**Small group supervision in Hull** (2/3 supervisees)
Group supervision can be an enriching experience and a cost effective way of accessing further supervision. I offer groups for 2 or 3 people in my practice suite which means if you are qualified under some frameworks you can count the whole of this time in your supervision hours. If you are a student the rules may be slightly different depending on your course.
I strongly advise you always check the criteria of your framework and training whatever your level of experience.
Some choose to come with a colleague or fellow student who may share a similar approach, case load, placement, level of experience and in some cases, trusted friendship.
Alternatively some choose to request to be paired with someone who had different experience, training, case load or approach to them.
It is not unusual to access a blend of group and one to one supervision.
Fees per participant will vary according to the number of participants, over all clinical responsibility and time agreed so please contact me to discuss this.
As a general example 3 participants could have a 3 hour group supervision session at a cost of £50 each rather than potentially £135 if 3 hours was accessed individually. Specialist supervision rates vary, please contact me to discuss your circumstances and requirements.
**Larger group supervision** (3 supervisees+)
If you are a manager, service leader, tutor or co-ordinator looking for provision for larger group supervision in your work place, place of study or at the Centre with me please contact me to discuss this option and availability.
You may be aware that the recorded hours for a larger group are different and again this is something to check with individual frameworks.
Fees for larger group supervision will vary according to the work place or course requirements, over all level of clinical responsibility required and number of participants. Please contact me to discuss this.
**Peer supervision group in Hull** (currently full)
To be part of this evolving group you will have around 10 years post qualification working experience, looking to enrich your current supervision arrangements with fellow experienced professionals.
There is an expectation we will have similar values with different approaches. This ensures we have reasonably shared language and belief system with diverse perspectives to offer.
The group can be a maximum of 5 peers to ensure we can meet the needs of all participants.
You will commit to regularly meet monthly for two hours with ground rules, clear boundaries and a confidentiality agreement.
You will be open to explore personal process and client work, be willing to contribute advice and knowledge and engage in experiencing new techniques, role play, feedback.
Informal social time is included as is time for feedback for the personal experience of the peer supervision process, to share appreciations and any resentments or frustrations.
I hold responsibility for facilitation of the group, to maintain boundaries and provide a suitable room and refreshments. There is a minimal cost for this.
Review sessions to receive feedback on your role in the group, explore group dynamics and renegotiate our contract when appropriate are usually 6 monthly.
Being part of a peer supervision group increases our opportunities to learn and offers different perspectives. If you are interested in being part of a Hull based peer supervision group please contact me on 07866061165 contact me via the counselling directory or email firstname.lastname@example.org.