I have been supervising counsellors since 1991, based at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett). I have a certificate in Psychodynamic supervision from Leicester University (1992 - 96). I have worked with both qualified counsellors and trainees and currently provide supervision to Leeds University MA students, Swarthmore diploma students and am a registered supervisor at Leeds Beckett.
MA - Counselling, Senior BACP Accredited, Relate certified, Certificate in Supervision, Advanced skills teacher.
I view the supervisory relationship as having three strands: support, education and evaluation. However, this relationship and these strands cannot be viewed in isolation, as they are part of a more complex structure.
Macaskie, Meekums and Nolan (2012) recognise that, “learning is a reciprocal change process involving students, teachers and therapists in over-lapping learning communities.” I feel that this statement encapsulates the complexity of supervision in the context of learning.
I feel that safety within the supervisory relationship is enhanced by clear contracting which sets the expectation of the development of a relationship that supports “collaboration for change.” (Bordin, 1993)
My core model of supervision is the Process Model (Shohet & Hawkins, 1989 & 2000), however, I feel that I am eclectic depending on the needs of the supervisee. I think that the ability to be flexible is important, as learning is fluid and reciprocal for all involved, whether they are students or experienced practitioners.
I offer a collaborative approach to supervision. This way of working and the challenges and discovery it presents holds my curiosity and is one of the reasons for my sustained interest in counselling and supervision after many years.
Most days, including Saturdays.
Qualified counsellors in employment: £40 per hour
Trainee counsellors: £40 for the first hour in the month &
£20 for the second hour in the month