Cathie O'Brien MA. UKCP Reg Child and Adult Psychotherapist. BACP Snr Accred.
I hold a Diploma in Supervision and UKCP Registration as an Approved Supervisor. I also hold a Post Grad Diploma in Relational Organisational Gestalt (Organisational Consultancy). I have vast experience working in a supervisory and consultancy role during my work in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - NHS), the private sector and in private practice and I supervise both child and adult therapists. I currently work as a consultant psychotherapist and clinical supervisor working with individual supervisee's, therapeutic teams, organisations and multi-agency teams. This includes Therapists, Social Workers, Foster carer's, Residential Workers, Teachers and Management teams.
Whether I am working with teams or individuals, I work at both an implicit and explicit level. My style is relational, which means that i work with the unaware aspects of clinical work, for instance the parallel process, transference and the wider system. I also consider what is happening in the here and now between supervisee/supervisee's and myself - what information does this hold for us and how do we work with this? Bringing the implicit into the explicit, developing greater clarity around working relationships and clinical work.
My intention is to develop a supportive and collegiate environment for supervisee's to bring all aspects of their work and I recognise the importance of building an open and honest relationship for this to occur safely and usefully. I use Chidiac and Denham- Vaughan's Gestalt SOS model (self/other/situation), Shoet and Hawkins seven eyed model and Pistole and Watkins attachment model, as a framework for my supervision practice. These models form the background to my work not a prescribed mode of working. My style is emergent, fluid and process orientated drawing upon Gestalt, Attachment, Trauma and the Neurosciences.