I've supervised both qualified and trainee counsellors since 2015 working with individuals, couples, parents, young people and children for a national counselling organisation. I have 13+ years' experience working with client's individual issues but also special in relationships and working online. I am particularly experienced in supervising counsellors working in webcam and telephone counselling, counselling in live webchat (synchronously), and email (asynchronously). I am a counselling trainer, having written digital counselling courses and trained counsellors to work online for a national counselling organisation.
I understand that finding the right supervisor for you is important. I know that building a robust supervisory relationship takes time and trust. I'd be more than happy to have a conversation or meet in person to help you work out whether I'm a good fit for you.
My Kind of Supervision
The following description speaks to me in term of how I think of supervision and supporting my supervisees.
A process that doesn’t necessarily hold all the answers and knowledge but helps encourage different perspectives. A process which aids the development of the counsellors own ‘inner-supervisor’.
Role of the supervisor;
- To hold, listen & encourage.
- To challenge, gently confront & stimulate where appropriate.
- To outline and follow appropriate boundaries between the other relationships we may share and our supervisory relationship.
I like to encourage you to be a reflective practitioner. To support your self-awareness around why you may relate to your client the way you do as a way of developing your practice.
My intention for supervision is that we are both transparent. Where I can gently challenge to help you explore your practice and vice versa. I ask you to challenge me and to communicate if there is something in the way we work together that doesn't sit comfortably for you. I expect that we both may make mistakes (I don't claim to be perfect!) but I hope that within this we'll learn and develop in a safe and ethical way.
Theoretical approaches in supervision that I use in my supervisory practice are:
The Domain of Action (Lang, Little & Cronen 1990)
Functions of Supervision (different perspectives)
Developmental Models of Supervision
Learning Styles (Honey & Mumford 1986)
Model of Group Life (Storming & Norming)
Ethical Decision Making Model (Jones et al 2000)
Authoritative Doubt - Safe Uncertainty (Mason 1993)
Johari Window (Luft & Ingram (1955)
Reflexivity & Self-Awareness (Burnham 1993)
Transference & Countertransference
The Seven Eyed Supervisor
Parallel Processes (Hawkins & Shohet 1989)
Approach-Method-Techniques (Burnham 1992)
Social Graces (John Burnham)
Remaining Open to the 'Other' (Garcia 1994)