Flora Winchester: Mindfulness in practice
Information about me:
I hold a Certificate in Mindfulness-based Supervision, after completing a training run by OPAL (Organisations, People and Learning) in Bath. The training is accredited by the UKCP and is informed by mindfulness practice as well as an integrative approach to supervision and psychotherapy. It emphasises the embodied, social-cultural and transpersonal aspects of being in relationship.
I see good supervision as an essential part of a practitioner’s healthy working life. Most importantly, it is a place where we can bring in our human-ness as practitioners and have this witnessed, valued and supported.
Supervision offers a space for:
Reflection, to create more spaciousness and clarity in our work
Challenge, including working with our 'edges'
Personal growth and development
Education and learning
Upholding ethical behaviour.
My personal approach to supervision is based on psychodynamic, integrative, humanistic and transpersonal perspectives. I also enjoy working with people in an embodied, relational way.
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute in Devon, with more than a decade's worth of experience in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I also worked for several years as a student counsellor (at Oxford Brookes and the University of Northampton). I am an accredited member of UKCP and was for many years registered with BACP. I am continually updating and reflecting upon ways to enrich my work. I have recently completed additional training in trauma, suicidality, working with young people, short-term counselling, fear, anxiety, grief and shame.
I am particularly interested in the impact of complex family structures on personality development and am doing further training and research in this area.
During my psychotherapy training, I worked in a number of administrative roles at Oxford University.
In my previous career, I worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, spending long periods overseas as a foreign correspondent.
This experience has given me a good understanding of the various practicalities, legal necessities and ethical considerations involved with running a successful practice, as well as the importance of holding appropriate boundaries and resourcing ourselves as practitioners.
Finally, I sit on the Ethics, Equality and Diversity Committee of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP) , a professional association that is tasked with overseeing and maintaining the ethical standards and supporting the good practice of its registered members.
I have a particular, personal interest in working with people of other cultures, or those living away from 'home'.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Psychotherapist and Supervisor.