* I currently have a vacancy for 1.5 hrs monthly supervision via ZOOM for an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist - email me if interested. I have worked as a supervisor for over 30 years, in Relate, in IAPT Counselling for Depression, but mainly, and now solely, in private practice. My supervisees work in a range of therapy settings inc. hospices, private practice, and the NHS. I have little time for labels and jargon, my theoretical approach and principles always being wedded to pragmatics. What follows will hopefully give you a sense of my approach to the process of supervision, as will an article of mine in BACP's journal 'Therapy Today' (see Issue June 2010.
Focus ~ I regard the three main threads of supervision as Support, Learning, and Evaluation. The balance between these strands will vary according to the needs, training and experience of the supervisee. I supervise counsellors rather than just cases, and therefore, professional themes and issues, as well as personal feelings triggered by your work, are just as appropriate to bring to supervision as are specific cases. I also believe the personal and the professional are inextricably linked, each influencing and informing the other; therefore, the interface between the personal and profession self is an entirely appropriate focus in supervision.
Responsibility ~ Each supervisee remains responsible for their work, whereas the supervisor bears a responsibility to that work. That requires me to pay my supervisees' work the attention it deserves; support and encourage their endeavours; as well as question and challenge when appropriate in order to facilitate good practice and further their professional development.
Relationship ~ The key to effective supervision )as with effective counselling & therapy, is the relationship between the two parties. Effective supervision requires trust, confidence and mutual regard. Although we might wish to feel these qualities they have to be tested over time for them to really grow and take root. Any doubts that may arise on either side need to be talked about and each party to supervision bears a responsibility to bring these to the fore.
Boundaries ~ My own supervisor is a trusted and highly experienced colleague, Golnar Bayat, who lives in the York area.. I am also a member of a four-person supervision group of experienced practitioners which meets once a month for two hours. Those are the contexts in which I discuss and monitor my work. FEES ~ Currently £72 per 1.5 hours of 1-to-1 supervision via ZOOM
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