The thinking that informs my work with supervisees comes from an integrative model that I have developed through my various trainings, experience as supervisee & supervisor, and my work as a counselling service manager and trainer. I aim to work collaboratively with supervisees as I find this a creative, insightful working approach that prizes equality in the relationship. I draw on elements of Gestalt, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Contribution Training (CT), T.A, CBT and counselling research in my work, while in particular:
- Paying attention to and working with attachment and transferential dynamics.
- Focusing on the counsellor - client and supervisee/supervisor relationships.
- Using creative tools to explore the therapeutic work, through art, systemic constellations and two-chair work.
- Providing a space to promote your capability and strengths, your inner authority and resource, support you to respond to the difficulties in your work and promote your professional growth.
I am particularly influenced by Dr Irvin D. Yalom in my approach to Psychotherapy and have special interests in human development, sexuality and gender as they impact on all therapeutic and supervisory dynamics.
I have practised since 2003, supervising individuals and groups in private practice and in organisational settings. I've also worked as a counsellor and service manager in the voluntary sector since 1998, accumulating particular experience with:
- Assessing clients, including risk issues (self harm, suicidal ideation, eating problems, abuse and neglect).
- Brief therapy and long term, deeper work.
- Managing and supporting counsellors working with clients while on placement and in training (writing feedback and reports), whether new to the profession or well seasoned.
- Engaging marginalised clients including substance users, young people and ethnic minority clients, working with all the issues that clients brings to therapy.
- The strengths and limitations of working within different counselling services and how they impact on your client work.
Clinical Supervision for Other Professionals
Clinical supervision for teachers, social care and drug and alcohol workers as a complement to line management supervision is becoming increasingly sought after and valued. A supervisor with an adaptable therapeutic frame can enhance your effective working practices and attend to:
- Processing your thoughts and feelings evoked by your work (anxiety, difficulties, 'not knowing', stuckness, antipathy); this helps to separate out what belongs to you (personally), your client and dynamics of the working relationship.
- Separating out line management and organisational dynamics from your client work.
- Increasing your self confidence and skills to work effectively, tapping into your strength, capability and experience.
- Providing a supportive space where you decide on the focus and content of each supervision session and we work collaboratively together.