Shauna Hope (Bristol Counselling Outdoors) BACP Accredited
I first started offering supervision to helpline workers for a mental health charity in Bristol in 2003 and completed my Counselling Supervision qualification in 2007.
I work with experienced counsellors, counsellors in training and practitioners who work in a helping profession and need time outside of their organisation to reflect on their work.
I have always found the Hawkins and Shohet's model of supervision fun, helpful and creative. I'm also fascinated by how organisational dynamics can impact on our work so I find Michael Carroll's work useful - 'it's only when we think we know, that we stop learning'! I find Judy Ryde's writing on working with difference (including power) in supervision, continually thought provoking.
I have had a Buddhist meditation practice since 2007 and often find this offers a useful reflection on self-care and generally dealing with the messy business of being human.
Supervision helps us reflect on our work and fine tune how available and effective our counselling relationships are. I view supervision as offering support and challenge. I offer an open, caring and congruent relationship so that we can work together to offer the most effective counselling or helping relationship to our clients.