• To protect the welfare of the people you work with.
• To support you and to assist your personal and professional development.
Both these elements are equally important in order to ensure the well-being of clients, practitioners and the profession.
I set out to create a collaborative, safe space in which you can grow as a practitioner and feel supported in your work. My goal is for my supervisees to trust me with their doubts and concerns, as I believe there is so much to be learned from 'mistakes' and the things that make us uncomfortable. I ask that supervisees bring commitment and openness, which I will return in kind, together with experience, ethical solidity and acceptance.
As with therapeutic relationships each supervision relationship is unique. A trainee or newly qualified therapist may request structure: a clear framework of ethics, guidance and support, while a more experienced therapist may seek something more flexible and collaborative. Working with a Supervisee over time and experiencing how they and the relationship evolve is very rewarding.
I provide supervision online over zoom for both online and 'in-person' therapists. I bring an awareness of the differences in these ways of working to my supervision with understanding of the specific issues of risk and jurisdiction connected to online therapy.
As an Accredited BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist I have been qualified to offer Clinical Supervision since 2015. However, as I believe that Supervising is a distinct role that requires additional skills to counselling I undertook specific training at the Link Centre and gained a Diploma in Supervision in 2018. I am an experienced and qualified teacher and I find this enhances my supervision work.
In my training I studied with participants from different counselling approaches to learn how to supervise across other theoretical modalities. I would therefore, describe my approach to Supervision as Integrative.
I am also able to provide purely Person-centred Supervision to practitioners of this model.
I have experience supervising Counsellors, Psychotherapists and other helping professionals, individually and in groups, within organisations and privately. I am trauma informed in my practice, with experience working with homicide bereavement, complex grief and abuse. I have counselled children and families as well as adults. You can read more about me here.
I feel strongly that anyone who has a responsibility for or involvement with the well-being of others will benefit from an opportunity to explore their work and the impact it has on them in a safe, confidential setting. Working with other's distress can take its toll on us and exposes us to the possibility of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.
Most of us know the old oxygen mask adage - if there is a problem on an aeroplane and the oxygen masks drop, you must put your own on before attempting to help others with theirs. You will be no use to them if you can't breathe. This advice applies to all who help others for a living.
The practitioner needs to be healthy and cared for themselves in order to do their job. It is for this reason that I provide supervision not only to Counsellors and Psychotherapists but also to other helpers. These include: Teachers, Learning Support Assistants, Osteopaths and Care workers.
The regularity and amount of Supervision can be arranged to suit the Supervisee's needs and professional requirements.
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