Clinical Supervision is an important part of professional development and the only way for a therapist to feel contained and safe in his/her practice.
I am trained in Psychodynamic supervision by WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) and I have many years of experience in providing reflective, strength-based, clinical supervision.
Aim of Supervision
As a clinical supervisor I aim to ensure that the focus in supervision holds in mind two things:
1. to protect clients
2. to improve the ability of the counsellors to offer value to their clients
Supervision and Confidentiality
The practice of supervision means that many details provided by clients are shared with people other than the counsellor concerned. However, overall client confidentiality is still safeguarded because:
individually identifying information (such as full name) is not revealed, and
information shared in supervision is itself protected under a contract of confidentiality and normally may not be shared outside the supervision relationship.
In other words, while some client details are shared within the supervision relationship, these are not traceable back to the specific individual client, and they do not normally pass beyond the supervision relationship. (It is possible that a supervisor might bring a supervisee’s client information to their own supervisor, if for some reason they are struggling with the supervisee.)
Personal Approach to Clinical Supervision
I commit to provide a regular space for the therapist to reflect upon the content and process of the work. To develop understanding and skills within the work. To help relate theory to practice. To enable you to apply your approach appropriately to clients at different developmental stages. To have an opportunity to think and develop ideas.
To validate you both as a person and a therapist. To plan and utilise the personal and professional resources you might need. To give constructive positive and critical feedback. To offer a space to reflect and clarify what is evoked by the work and explore our reactions to this experience. Ensure that the work is done in such a way that you feel empowered and accountable for the monitoring and quality of the work being done with the clients.
It is important to form a clear contract for every supervisory relationship, stating length of contract, responsibilities and fees.
£35 - £60 depending on status of therapist (e.g. in training, qualified)