Hello... my name is Jed Bridge. Thank you for checking out my supervision profile. I am a qualified supervisor with 20+ years' experience, currently offering clinical supervision on an independent basis to both qualified and trainee practitioners.
I see the supervision relationship as a professional working alliance where the supervisor supports the practice and development of the practitioner. This means that I seek to facilitate effective reflective practice, supporting practitioners not only to evaluate and reflect meaningfully on all areas of their practice and development, but also to sustain themselves in their work and to explore, understand and realise their potential in the context of their philosophical orientation and motivations for being in their practitioner role. This is set within the working context of facilitating practitioners to practise confidently, creatively and competently in the best interests of clients and service users.
I use a supervisory framework that integrates various supervision models and sits comfortably within my own theoretical and philosophical approach. These supervision models are principally:
- the ‘seven-eyed' process model (Hawkins & Shohet);
- the integrative developmental model (Stoltenberg & Delworth);
- the ‘tasks of supervision’ model (Proctor / Inskipp and Proctor); and
- person-centred supervision models (Tudor & Worrall, et al).
I incorporate an embodied approach to supervision that focuses on self-reflection and the exploration of processes within the work, as well as on developing practitioner awareness and congruence, in order to facilitate and enable the counsellor to work effectively at relational and psychological depth.
I am a Registered Member of BACP (Registered Member MBACP) - reg. no. 109981, and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Theoretical approach and orientation:
As a supervisor, I work with counsellors in both integrative and person-centred approaches. This reflects my own integrative therapeutic orientation, which is rooted in core humanistic theoretical values. These values have resonated with me since the days of my initial counsellor training in the person-centred approach. On reflection, and with experience and hindsight, I can now see just how integrative my nominally person-centred training actually was, yet without losing its fundamental person-centredness.
As a therapist, my integrative approach means that I bring together aspects from different counselling/psychotherapy models, which I tailor in collaboration with my clients to fit their own individual circumstances and requirements, within a consistent underlying client-centred philosophy. I see this as a philosophy that embraces a fundamental belief in the client’s capacity to be autonomous and self-determining, and I work within these tenets to promote individual empowerment, recognising the key importance of the client-counsellor relationship and the presence of the 'core conditions' in facilitating effective therapeutic change.
When holding those tenets at heart, it isn't difficult for me to be integrative in my approach, as my underlying humanistic philosophy is integral and acts like a framework or essential guiding principle in my work. The form that my therapeutic engagement takes can then be quite creative, organic and holistic, tailored to the client's individual needs and uniqueness, and grounded in this guiding principle. I retain my values and my underlying theoretical orientation, remaining connected to what I'm about as a counsellor and my understanding of the nature of therapeutic change. This is supported and maintained through my own supervision and ongoing reflective practice.
Trusting the process:
One of my strengths as a supervisor is in facilitating the counsellors I work with to develop their awareness and their ability to work at the edge of it. This involves them recognising their own internal responses, as well as their clients' internal processes, and the dynamics between themselves and the client. I encourage counsellors to listen within and acquaint themselves with their intuition and their wisdom. I think this is particularly important for counsellors working in humanistic and relational approaches.
From the early days of my counselling training, I have heard and used the term, "trust the process", often when I or colleagues are encountering stuckness with our clients, or feel a little overwhelmed or out of our depth! I can say with confidence now that I know what trusting the process is, and can articulate this in the context of my approach. It is at the heart of my philosophy, both as a counsellor and as a supervisor.
My influences include theoretical principles and methodology from humanistic psychology, person-centred therapy, gestalt and transactional analysis, and the psychodynamic concepts inherent within some of these approaches (e.g. introjection, projection, transference/counter-transference, dissociation, and other psychological processes).
I am also developing my interest in neuroscience and physiology, and have been influenced by insights and learning from these areas (e.g. brain hemisphere functions and left-/right-brain dominance; the workings of the autonomic nervous system, particularly the 'fight-flight-freeze' mechanism), which have helped inform my practice, for example in relation to impasse work, or to understanding and working more effectively with clients' experiences around stress, anxiety and trauma.
Similarly, my practice has been complemented by elements from cognitive and behavioural approaches, relating to perceptions and beliefs, and the interaction of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I see a functional place within my integrative approach for the informed use of effective cognitive interventions (e.g. the application of: Ellis's 'ABC' model; cognitive restructuring and reframing; confronting black & white thinking; relevant structures and models from Transactional Analysis) and for the integration of problem-management and solution-focused models (e.g. Egan's 'Skilled Helper' model; Prochaska & DiClemente's 'Transtheoretical' a.k.a. 'Stages of Change' model; Tonkin's 'Growing Around Grief' model). I have found that an amount of psycho-education can integrate well into a humanistic model and be very facilitative. I find it helpful to view such interventions as 'directional' rather than 'directive'.
My supervision practice continues to grow and evolve, nudged along by ongoing reflection and by insights gained from experiences and learning right across my life (both personal and professional). These include:
- my experience of working as a supervisor, including the insights, experiences and challenges shared by my supervisees;
- my experience of working therapeutically with clients, and the experiences they share;
- my learning from reflection on my experience as a supervisee in my own supervision, and as a client in my own personal therapy;
- my learning from networking with colleagues and 'kindred spirits', and from continuing professional development;
- my learning from my own insights and life experiences.
See my main counsellor profile for more details of my current professional practice.
Standard rate for qualified counsellors:
- £55 per one-hour session;
- £75 per one-and-a-half-hour session.
Student rate for trainee counsellors:
- £60 per one-and-a-half-hour session.
If you are interested in working with me, I would ask that we first arrange a brief introductory phone call, after which we may choose to meet for an initial free consultation (lasting about half an hour), where we can discuss expectations and get a feel for one another, ready to decide if we might go on to work together. I am happy for you to go away to consider this before making a final decision. If we choose to work together, we would need to agree a supervision contract in our first full session.
Background and experience as a supervisor:
I qualified as a supervisor in 2000 (Diploma in Fieldwork Supervision), and as a counsellor in 1996 (Diploma in Counselling). As well as supervision provided to individuals on an independent private basis, my practice has also included the provision of both one-to-one and group supervision in various agency settings:
- Beacon Counselling, Stockport - 11 years’ delivering individual and group supervision services (2009-20);
- GamCare, Salford - individual;
- Face-to-Face Counselling Service, Chorlton - individual and group;
- Cruse Bereavement Care (Greater Manchester Branch) - individual.
I have also facilitated peer supervision groups within counselling diploma courses at Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) and Salford College, during several years' working as a part-time lecturer and personal development group facilitator on various counsellor training courses.
In my counsellor trainer and PD group facilitator capacity, I have worked for Liverpool Community College, MANCAT, Salford College and Tameside College, as well training provision for Cruse Bereavement Care (Greater Manchester Branch), where I co-facilitated 60-hour Introduction to Bereavement Counselling courses that volunteers were required to undertake.
My own experience of being a supervisee includes participation in individual supervision, group supervision and reciprocal one-to-one peer supervision.
See my main counsellor profile for more details of my background and relevant experience, as well as further information about my current professional practice.
Please feel free to contact me on 07792 110812 with any questions about my supervision practice or to discuss the possibility of our working together ...or email me if you prefer. If you get my voicemail, please feel free to leave a brief message along with your name and number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I aim to respond to email enquiries within 48 hours - Mon-Fri.
Thank you for your interest.