My approach as a supervisor has developed over the years I have worked in senior practitioner and clinical lead roles for services, during which I offered both organisational and clinical supervision. My aim is offer an individualised approach depending upon your stage of professional development, your work setting and on the style of supervision you are seeking. I am mindful to always to offer a balance of support; case consultation; and awareness of the welfare needs of the clients. I am well used to the demands of working within services as well as, more recently, in private practice. As such, I am well versed in safe and effective methods of carrying out assessments, thinking about diagnosis and treatment planning where needed. I can support you in ensuring you work effectively and ethically. I am accredited through the BACP and adhere to their code of ethics.
I believe there are so many different ways of creatively responding in any counselling situation, there's never one 'best' way to tackle a problem. I won't expect you to have all the 'right' answers, and equally I won't assume to have all the answers either! I consider myself a humanistic, relational therapist, and in that sense I trust in the power of honest, trusting relationships. So it follows that I also offer a collaborative co-created approach to supervision. Together we can make sense of what is happening in your relationships with your clients and figure out the next steps you wish or need to take in your work with them, as well as attend to the impact the work is having on you. We can set goals for our work, and explore goal setting in client work if you'd like that. I will make sure there is space for reflection, integration of theory and decision making. When I offer challenge, it comes with warmth, sensitivity and compassion. If you are seeking supervision for work within an educational or organisational setting, and I am asked to write reports on our work together, again I seek to make this as collaborative process as possible.
I draw from quite a few therapy models, but the ones I turn to most are person-centred values; TA theory; the IPT framework and the CFT model. I am also influenced by the trauma informed work of researchers and practitioners such Gabor Mate, Peter Levine, Bessel Van der Kolk, Deb Dana and Brene Brown to name but a few.
I have a certificate in Interpersonal Psychotherapy Supervision and am currently in training towards a more integrative, humanistic diploma in supervision which will complete in spring 2021.
Please feel free to contact me by text, phone or email and we can set up an informal phone conversation to discuss your needs and see if I am a good match for you;