Siobhan Lane Counsellor, Psychosexual Therapist & Supervisor
How do you choose your supervisor?
There are many things to consider when looking for a supervisor, as the relationship between myself as supervisor, and you as a supervisee is unique and important. I believe the supervisory relationship is key to successful supervision.
Feeling that you can trust your supervisor is extremely important and many supervisees’, especially in the early days of their training, can be somewhat fearful of supervision. I know myself, and even trained counsellor’s experiences of their past supervisory relationships can sometimes evoke memories of judgement, embarrassment or shame.
My aim as your supervisor
I would work with you collaboratively, offering a safe space without fear of judgement. I believe supervision is a place for reflection and curiosity, whilst holding both a supportive and challenging edge to promote your awareness and understanding. This is to help ensure the effective development of your counselling practice, and to enable this, a trusting, safe relationship is paramount.
I really value my work as a supervisor, working with individuals and groups, either qualified counsellors/psychotherapists, or those who are on placements in training. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, experience and training with my supervisees’ and inevitably learning from them too. I believe supervision is a two-way process, as you will bring your own experience, as well as your fears and hopes to enrich the supervisory relationship.
Now you've read a little on my thoughts about my role as a supervisor and the supervisory relationship, more importantly what are your thoughts? - What are you looking to your supervisor for?
• Are you at the beginning of your training and looking for support and encouragement through placements, study and ongoing learning?
• Are you an experienced practitioner looking for a supervisor with a different approach to what you have experienced previously, to challenge or expand you in new ways?
• Or perhaps you're not quite sure yet? A good place to begin thinking about your supervisory needs would be to think about what your current work/study requirements for clinical supervision are, or your aspirations and development needs.
Meeting you in person for an introductory appointment would enable us to explore and establish your needs in greater detail.
What experience can I offer as your supervisor?
I am a CPCAB Level 6 qualified supervisor who offers both individual and group supervision to therapists, both those in training and those who are qualified. I supervise in accordance with the BACP's Ethical Framework.
I began working as a therapist in 2002. I have helped many couples and individuals in over 18 years of working as a therapist with Relate, as a qualified Relationship, Psychosexual and Family and Children and Young People’s therapist. In addition to this I undertake sub-contract work for the local IAPT Service in Hull & East Riding, as well as practicing from my own busy private practice since 2014.
In addition to my generic therapy experience with individuals, I work in a variety of specialised fields which has enabled me to gain in depth knowledge and experience in the area of individuals, relationships, families and sexual relationships. This enables me to offer a holistic approach to my supervisory work with supervisee's, to help their clients and to develop their knowledge and learning.
In addition to the above, I can offer you the benefit of my experience from my ongoing private practice and charity work, as well as my professional experience and continued professional development training.
Please visit my ‘About Me’ page to gain further information with regard to my experience and qualifications. I would hope my experience with working with diverse client groups and agencies with good networks, would enhance our supervisory relationship.
Choosing The Right Supervisor - Next Steps
The supervisory relationship is key to successful supervision. Feeling that you can trust your supervisor is extremely important and I believe meeting you in person for an introductory appointment helps you come to your decision. This one hour appointment would ensure you have the opportunity to explore if I can offer you what you need, and if we could work well together. Importantly it allows you the opportunity to gain a sense of what it might be like to work with me, and gauge a feeling of who I am as a person.
I would hope that our introductory appointment would help to assist you in deciding if my approach and style of supervision is the right fit for you.
Thank you for reading my page and considering me as your supervisor, I look forward to your enquiry.
£45 per one hour session (£50 from 6pm onwards) for therapists or trainees
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.
Introductory Appointment - £20 for one hour appointment
This appointment is a meeting to explore your experience, needs, goals, course requirements (if applicable) for supervision. It gives us the opportunity to make an informed decision if my approach and style of supervision is the right fit for you and if I believe I can help you as your supervisor - If so, then a supervision agreement will also be discussed.
**Please note this appointment cannot count in your recorded supervision hours requirements as it is an introductory meeting, not clinical supervision of your work**
Group supervision can be an enriching experience for practitioners to enhance their clinical practice as well as a cost effective way of accessing further supervision*
I currently supervise a monthly group of 4-8 supervisees, offering a safe space to explore their clinical work with their peers.
• Small group supervision - 2/3 supervisees
• Larger group supervision - 3 supervisees+
Please contact me to discuss the above options and availability.
*Please check the criteria of your framework and training, whatever your level of experience as course criteria for supervision may be different.