I am a fully qualified clinical supervisor trained in the "Seven Eyed Model" of supervision to work with both qualified and trainee counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping professionals.
This model fits very comfortably with my person-centred philosophy as a counsellor (and a human being) in that it has a humanistic foundation and is not over-prescriptive, encouraging independent thought and attending to a very deep, felt sense of what is right and wrong.
As a therapist and a supervisor, I have no products or tools to work with, I simply bring myself; therefore, I believe, the more of myself I can bring to the work, the more valuable that work will be. I see openness and sincerity as being key to achieving this.
I often consider: ‘how do I want my supervisee to feel when he/she comes out of a supervision session? I would like them to feel; excited, engaged, challenged, capable, intelligent, unique (and that’s ok!) and thoughtful.
I am also keen to inject a sense of fun into the work. At times it will be inappropriate or impossible but, if you look hard enough, there’s usually some humour to be found somewhere!
I subscribe to Rogers’ belief: “that human beings become increasingly trustworthy once they feel at a deep level that their subjective experience is both respected and progressively understood”. I believe this understanding should be combined with a trust in the supervisee to find the right path for themselves. So as a supervisor, whilst I may help my supervisee to identify alternative paths, I will not tell them which one to take. In person-centred terms, this encourages a strong internal locus of evaluation.
Rather than directing and confronting, I believe in guiding by imparting knowledge and raising awareness in a spirit of collaboration, .
Hawkins and Shohet's description of supervision most resonates with me : “Philosophically and practically, humanistic-integrative supervision privileges therapist autonomy. It recognises this value as the cornerstone in facilitating the growth of a reflective, competent, ethical practitioner…”