Gail Evans COSRT Accred., UKCP Reg., NCS Accred.,B.Sc M.Sc. CQSW CertCC, Dip PST
I have been a supervisor for over 20 years, originally with Relate when at any one time I supervised up to 45 couple counsellors, psychosexual therapists and trainers throughout the East Midlands. This was a massive learning experience as I had to deal with many crises, dilemmas and ethical challenges. For the last 18 years or so I have been in private practice supervising therapists from a wide range of settings and also supervising students on the Diploma in HE in Counselling (Sheffield Hallam University - an integrative course) where I was Head of the Counselling Studies Unit. I have taught on the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision also. I am familiar with a range of counselling theories. I am interested in the interactive effects of client groups and organisations. I offer both one-to-one and group supervision.
Like therapy I believe it is important to develop a relationship in which you can be honest and open and where you feel able to give feedback to me, and for me to adapt to you as an individual. My supervisees tell me I am supportive and gently challenging. I use a feedback form at least annually, and initially after 3 months, to encourage dialogue between us and honesty about our experience of our supervision together.
I aim to conduct supervision in a collaborative way and do not believe in instructing supervisees on what they should do (unless I think there is unsafe or unethical practice) - at the end of it you are the one who is with the client in the room and must make your own best judgment about the right way to work, in the moment. I also aim to be supportive and encouraging as in my experience most therapists are their own worst critics. I do expect supervisees to reflect on the impact of their own history and issues on the work with clients, and to bring this into discussion as appropriate, but I see a distinction between supervision and therapy and if your own issues began to be the main focus or to interfere with your work with clients I would expect you to seek therapy.
I am open to using different techniques in therapy and in supervision. From time to time I may ask your permission to audio-record a session as a way of developing my own practice by reflecting on our work. I like Inskipp and Proctor's ideas about supervision as normative, restorative and formative. I don't usually consciously use a supervision model but find the Hawkins and Shohet model and Inskipp and Proctor's make the most sense to me and are closest to my practice.
If your employer or training institute requests periodic reports I am willing to do this and would expect the report to be discussed and shared with you, preferably prior to submission.
I am accredited as a therapist by COSRT (formerly BASRT), UKCP and NCS. I abide by their codes of ethics. I am trained as a supervisor (Relate).