Supervision is the space for practitioners to reflect on their client work and have a safe and confidential place to review both theirs and their clients' growth, challenges and development.
As such, my role as a supervisor is not to enter the process to specifically influence a behaviour or the ability of the practitioner, but to assure quality service provision, ensure ethical practise, offer some learning and apply checks to ensure the counsellor is undertaking continual professional development.
I have worked with psychotherapy professionals at the very beginning stages of their practise whilst on placement and others who have been working in this field for many years and have huge amounts of expertise. I have also supervised healthcare professionals in other roles working in clinical settings. I have worked both in organisations and in private practise. My client based has been wide and diverse, ranging from very young children to grandparents in their 80's.
The models I mostly work from are rooted in both the Integrated Developmental Model (Stoltenberg, McNeil & Delworth) and the Discrimination Model (Bernard).
I have found that both of these theoretical models really lend themselves to creating a very supportive, collaborative environment from within which to deliver and receive supervision, which I believe will help colleagues to feel more comfortable in the supervision space. My approach is flexible in order to be valuable and worthwhile for each supervisee.
Ultimately, as with therapy, having a strong and trusting rapport between supervisor/supervisee is essential to allow you the space to breathe, to re-calibrate, to reflect and simply just to be. I bring all of my therapeutic skills to bear alongside my clinical supervision expertise; in order to offer a beneficial, ethical and supportive experience.
"The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge" ~ Marianne Williamson