Debrina Lloyd-Davies MSc BA(Hons) PGdip, Therapist MBACP(Accredited)
I am an experienced BACP accredited therapist working with children, young people and adults. I have worked with charities supporting the mental health of children and their families as part of therapeutic and psychosocial support services in schools and as part of community addiction services. I have a Diploma in Integrative Supervision and have provided clinical supervision to a variety of practitioners in my role as a manager delivering school based therapeutic services and in my private practice. I participate and facilitate both peer and group supervision. You can find more information on my website http://www.lifemapsn20therapy.com/.
I see supervision as a joint endeavour rising to the challenges of working within the difficult landscape of mental health provision. Unprecedented global challenges have led to an increase in human distress with services having to adapt to the greater demand with fewer resources. I offer a participative and co-operative supervisory alliance which seeks to raise awareness within a reflective space of trust and safety. My first question to supervisees is always ‘how are you?’ It is important for supervisees to bring all parts of their lives so that we can explore how personal situations impact on their client work. I offer compassionate containment to alleviate anxiety, vulnerability, shame and fear within the supervisory relationship. My approach is non-directive but with gentle challenge, clear feedback and productive questioning techniques, providing a framework for reflection which assists in identifying supervisee learning needs and specific areas for professional and clinical development.
As a supervisor, my role is to offer a relational bridge and a supportive alliance in which internal and external relational changes can take place via a pro-collaborative process. I hope to create an active learning situation to help us all thrive, with attention to understand the clients’ and our own internal states. I hope to assist in the acquisition of adaptive skills to promote your own resilience but significantly that of your clients.
I seek to offer containment and reflection rooted in a dynamic and relational supervisory experience where both supervisor and supervisee are enabled to learn and grow across their professional career.
My own personal and professional value base is heavily rooted in the Person Centred therapeutic approach but I have drawn from a diverse range of learning and practice, informed by Attachment Theory with a mainly humanistic, transcultural and social justice approach. I am interested in exploring relational depth and psychological well-being taking both a systems and a social constructionist approach linking mental health with social justice perspectives.
In thinking about the supervisory relationship it is important to understand one’s own core values and beliefs systems around the significance of reflection and the act of ‘relating’ with others: jointly working to make a conscious consideration of critical questioning of the wider schema in which we are all operating.
It is helpful for Supervisees to think of the dynamics of their clients’ cultural environment and their sense of agency and if these are in conflict with their own belief systems and value motivations. Further, reflective practice encouraging introspection on working ‘transculturally’ and the development as a ‘diversity safe’ practitioner with a focus on issues pertaining to difference and diversity.
I would offer a first assessment to discuss your supervision requirements taking into account your theoretical modality, your client work, and how it relates to your working, personal and cultural environment. It is hoped that these early interactions would help build the foundations for a collaborative and restorative supervisory relationship.
My fees are currently £60 per 50 minute session. I am keen to support counsellors in their training so please ask about reduced fee options for personal counselling and supervision support.