Rosalind Sharples MSc (psychotherapy) CTA(P), PTSTA(P), registered with the UKCP
Supervision is above all a relationship about a relationship...
I see my role as providing a safe and non-judgemental space for you to unpack your experience with your clients.
I enjoy celebrating successes and finding out how to move things along when they get difficult or stuck.
This might be happening in any six areas:
Contracting - What do you want and what does your client want?
Diagnosis and Treatment planning - What's going on and where are you going with it?
Strategies and Intervention techniques - How are you doing it? Is there anything else you need to be thinking about?
Parallel Process - What might be going on with your client that impacts our relationship? What can we learn from this that is relevant to your client?
Reflection on the Transference and Countertransference - What's going on underneath? How is this being played out?
Ethics, Safe - guarding and Professional practice - Is there anything important that needs attending to?
I frame these questions within the ethical codes offered by EATA/UKATA the UKCP and BACP.
My philosophy in supervision is Relational and Co-creative. By this I mean that any focus in supervision accounts the supervisee, myself as supervisor as well as client in understanding the process.
I see my role is to understand and hold meta-perspective as an ‘observer’, at times sharing my expertise as ‘teacher’ whilst staying in contact as a ‘participant’ within the ‘field’ my supervisee and client have created with me. This means possibly entering into and noticing the transferences between my supervisee and client and how this is played out in our relationship and also my transferences with my supervisee.
A word that is important to me is Inclusion. By this they mean involvement without losing self-boundaries across all all the people involved. Imagine a river represents the therapy process, the client is trying to swim in it, the therapist or counsellor is in and out of the water holding the client with a rope, the supervisor is on the bank holding the end of the rope.
I see ethical dilemmas in supervision are both about respecting the law, but also being responsive to other factors such as morality, culture as well as the psychological process. There is a balance between the need for a clear assessment of harm and an understanding of complexity with a recognition that the answer may sometimes involve asking the question, ‘What is the least harm here?’ I believe sitting with this difficulty is part of the resilience required of a supervisor.
I work with trainees and fully qualified therapists allowing for the growth in confidence and competency over time.
I use a variety of methods to explore supervisory issues such as sand tray, two chair work, metaphors and felt/body experiences.