Philosophy of Supervision - Deborah Cullen - Clinical Lead, Therapist & Supervisor
As an Integrative Therapist working relationally and holistically it was important for me to choose a Clinical Supervision Model that enables me to adopt my therapeutic style to the supervisory role.
My modality of supervision is Hawkins and Shohet ‘7 Eye Process Model’ in which I integrate the ‘3 Pillars of Supervision,’ Dr Alison Hodges as a visual aid demonstrating the underpinning and containment of the work that occurs in supervision.
I work with conscious thought, questioning and verbal discussion as well as creative methods which can provide a valuable alternative to bringing about valuable insights for supervisees in their work with clients.
Within the supervisory relationship whether the supervisee is a counsellor, therapist or an allied professional I aim to provide a space where they can feel safe and supported, a place to work towards enhancing theoretical understanding and skills; thus, developing a deeper understanding of therapeutic relationships. The space also works to provide the supervisee with the opportunity to connect with and express any emotional/physical feelings created by their clinical work; where feelings can be explored, and understood; providing a platform to become familiar with the countertransferential processes and the inter-subjective dynamics between you and your clients.
Underpinning my philosophy of supervision is the belief that supervision is not only crucial to ensure the safety and protection of our clients in the therapeutic process but also counsellors, therapists and the profession therefore making us accountable for our practice.