I view supervision as an exploratory process which gives supervisee’s a regular opportunity to reflect in depth about all aspects of their practice, in an atmosphere which feels supportive and emotionally safe, but also offers constructive feedback and where appropriate, challenge, to aid counsellor’s in their professional development and competence. Also to ensure they are working as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.
For me good supervision should be collaborative, a working alliance between supervisor and supervisee. I see my role as that of a facilitator, helping you in exploration of your work in terms of material clients bring, their processes, your feelings/personal material, where this may be affecting or be affected by the client work, and discussion of where you might want to go next with the work being undertaken.
Through the dialogue of supervision greater insight and understanding may be achieved and this is ultimately beneficial for clients. I aim for my supervision to also be restorative, in as much as it aids you by supporting you in what can often be emotionally demanding and challenging work.
In the first session together it can be useful to discuss how you see supervision. What you consider its role or function? What are your expectations of supervision? How do you see those expectations might be met?
My principle theoretical orientation is person-centred. I am also qualified and experienced in CBT, and have a good working knowledge of Transactional Analysis. As a principally person-centred supervisor, I believe that the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard are as relevant, essential and facilitating in the supervisory relationship as they are in the client-counsellor relationship. Also that supervisee’s innate desire for growth and development can be relied upon as the motivating principle in successful supervision.