Michael Golding MA MBACP
I have recently completed a diploma in integrative supervision and now feel able to offer supervision to individuals and groups across a range of professions. I regard supervision as a discipline in its own right which requires a different set of skills and competencies to therapy.
I believe in a model for supervision that is both collaborative and consultative. I recognise the autonomy of the trained professional and see my role as providing an opportunity for the supervisee to expand their understanding of their practice and the impact they have upon the people they work with.
I am committed to the person centred approach, however I feel able to support supervisees working within a range of professional disciplines as our main focus is the supervisee’s relationship with their client which exists outside of any particular modality.
I am willing to work with trainee therapists depending upon their stage of development and the requirements of their training organisation.
I believe that the role of the supervisor is to encourage and support supervisees in their understanding of what is happening within the therapy space; appreciating and helping them develop their ability to manage these feelings; and together identifying what they might need to develop further and how they might access this. This can be summarised as promoting and supporting Understanding, Competency and Growth and I see this as a shared journey for both of us.
The primary task is to establish a relationship of trust so supervisees feel they can talk freely and safely about any aspect of their work without fear of judgement. Through a preliminary conversation we can check out whether there is the basis for establishing this form of equal relationship based upon mutual respect. This is something that would be revisited regularly throughout the supervisory contract.