I have been incredibly lucky in having inspiring supervisors throughout my training and career who have managed a balance of holding hope through their reassurance of my strengths and managing risk through providing vision and learning where I have blind spots or lack of knowledge. This is what I hope to do for my therapists as a supervisor also.
I have learned the importance of structure, relationship, image, and context of the client as well as the culture within the organisation where the client is seen and the impact of this. I hope to highlight these for my supervisees.
I am passionate about all learning and believe this to be a key component of supervision: discovering new policies, innovative practice, latest research and cutting edge art and culture to enhance multiple view points and develop an understanding which ultimately contributes to a high quality of care for clients’.
I believe the relationship as the most important aspect to therapy and believe in inclusion and creating an accessible therapy for clients. I draw on a humanistic model for this. I use systemic theory to understand the context around the client. In terms of art psychotherapy I draw upon different theoretical understanding: psychodynamic to see how the client relates to the art object to reflect on their inner world; mindfulness to use art making as a way of drawing attention to the present moment; mentalisation to enhance clients’ skills to understand and pay attention to their own feelings by thinking about how their feelings change when making and looking at the image.
I also use mentalisation to use joint attention which is a key part of supervision for me.