Dr. Joanne Brown, Individual and Relationship Counselling
I offer supervision to practitioners working with a Psychodynamic or Integrative approach. I have worked with clinicians in a variety of practice settings and understand how emotionally demanding therapeutic and mental health work is. The supervisory relationship is crucial to providing containment for this work and for thinking about how to help clients to develop insight into what might be painful in their lives and preventing change.
I have supervised clinicians doing postgraduate research into their practice (in CAMHs, forensic settings, acute wards, therapeutic services, etc.) and I have trained clinicians in supervision skills at Southampton University. My academic work has been in the mental health and therapeutic field and I have taught skills in psychological therapies to clinicians from diverse fields. I have acted as a PhD examiner in the field of mental health and psychotherapy at numerous universities in the UK. This academic work keeps my knowledge current and also open to how mental health work varies across different settings and modalities.
What was often most valued by clinicians I have taught, however, was quiet, reflective space in which to be free to think. What is crucial to any learning or supervisory relationship is the creation of a safe and secure space in which to find time to reflect and enjoy thinking with others about what is privileged, but sometimes challenging work.
You can choose how to use the space. It might vary from focused case work to more general or restorative sessions focused on how you are impacted by the work. The two are often intertwined of course.