About me: I have been supervising counsellors for over 25 years and have experience supervising in addictions, the EAP sector, NHS and private practice. I work with a range of modalities including humanistic, person-centred, integrative & solution-focused. I am particularly interested in working with counsellors who are moving in an integrative direction, regardless of initial training modality, who are looking to bring more of themselves into the therapeutic relationship. In the wake of Covid, I am also interested in how ourselves, our clients and our work have been impacted by the existential issues that facing a global pandemic has triggered.
Finding the right supervisor is just as important as finding the right counsellor. Supervision is a necessary and vital opportunity to find creative, exciting and supportive ways to develop and sustain ourselves, our work and our ethical values and commitments, in the best interests and safety of our clients, within the fascinating, challenging and ever-changing world of therapy. I believe that the supervisory relationship is key to the quality and effectiveness of supervision. If you and your supervisor are willing and able to develop an open, trusting, reflective & effective working alliance then the work of supervision, including facing the challenges which arise, can be tackled with optimism and confidence through the integrity of the supervisory relationship.
I first trained as a supervisor in addiction counselling in 1994 and have subsequently supervised on the National AIDS Helpline, in prison and for over 10 years supervised a team of counsellors for an Employee Assistance Provider in Scotland. Having relocated back home to Merseyside in 2016, I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy at Salford University which included a professional qualification in supervision. I am now working in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor.
From my counsellor profile you will see that my philosophy is humanistic, relational and integrative and this informs my approach to supervision. I have supervised counsellors from a variety of approaches including integrative, relational, person-centred, solution-focused and cognitive-behavioural, and across the developmental spectrum from trainees to long qualified practitioners. My years in EAP & NHS staff counselling have provided me with a particular wealth of experience of a wide variety of organisational settings, the challenges of working in a time-limited way and the often conflicting demands on both the counsellor and the client. Now, several years into private practice, I am working at greater depth with both my clients and supervisees and I find I am exploring the deeper philosophical ideas that underpin our work.
My post-graduate training has allowed me to revisit the theories, models and methods of supervision, to reflect on my years of experience and to explore how supervision is responding to the various demands and challenges which the counselling and psychotherapy world is clearly facing.
If my brief outline resonates with you and you would like to begin a dialogue with me about supervision, whether short or longer term, then please contact me and we can arrange an initial consultation. I am currently offering face to face supervision as well as online.
FEES: Initial Consultation: FREE 20/30 mins telephone or Zoom
Thereafter: £65 per session (1.5 hr)
Discounts are available for students, please ask.
(Fees correct as of May 2022)