"I see supervision as the creation of a good relational space between us as supervisor and supervisee where creative, collaborative learning and personal growth can take place".
I provide a warm and collaborative environment to encourage open discussion about all aspects of your professional practice.
Successful supervision results in personal development and growth of you, my supervisee. Deeper knowledge. More confidence in your professional practice. The learning from sharing in supervision comes from what is possible in our work together. We both learn from the experience.
You can attend clinical supervision on a one-to-one basis, come for face to face meetings or receive supervision online. If you are interested in receiving supervision with others, you can join a supervision couple or supervision group. All options are available for supervisees. Some supervises attend both one-to-one and a group to experience the different environments. Online supervision might be an option for supervisees who are based outside Kent. Why not call me to discuss what might suit you best? Also see my article on considering group supervision here.
My curiosity as your supervisor will be in what it is you need from your supervision in order to continue to grow as a professional and ethical practitioner. What we need all need from supervision varies so much individually and it is influenced by where you are on their professional journey. What you will need from your supervision will change over time. My focus will always be on what you need as you develop and your needs change.
I believe its important to feel comfortable and have a natural professional relationship with your supervisor so that you can be yourself. Share what you need to share about your work and practice, in the interest of your clients. This I believe is an essential requirement of good supervision. A relationship with your supervisor that means you feel comfortable and can be yourself.
From the outset it is important to me that we agree what our expectations are from each other. We will discuss and agree what you can expect from me in supervision and what can be expected from you. We will maintain an open and congruent communication with each other in the interest of professional best practice.
I aim to support my supervisees in their therapeutic work by providing a warm, safe, confidential space. Within this environment for them to share their practice and be reflective, developing as a therapist whilst gaining insight into their professional practice and enabling personal growth. I believe that we continue to learn from our experiences and from each other and in working collaboratively within the relationship with my supervisees, provides the basis for personal growth and development. Take a look at my article here on the Wonders of Supervision. You can also look at my article Being Myself in Supervision.
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, BACP accredited counsellor, qualified supervisor, trainer and examiner. I am endorsed by UKATA as Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA). I work and supervise as an integrative psychotherapist using a relational approach. I build on my experience as a transactional analyst psychotherapist and humanistic counsellor. I teach and assess counselling and psychotherapy at several Higher Education colleges. I am trained and experienced in working online as well as face to face.
I believe that we all have the drive to continue to grow professionally over time. Together we can work alongside each other and you can continue to develop from your evolving professional practice.
If you like to have a conversation about coming to see me for supervision, you can call or email.
Supervision can be used in a number of different ways to support you in your professional development. Here are some examples.
You may be preparing for either written or oral exams in counselling or psychotherapy and supervision can help you prepare for these. You can talk through and share written work, develop written work in supervision, listen to recordings, analyse interventions plus practice presenting your work. You can also undertaking mock exam-type situations to practice and build confidence.
Working within organisations and in private practice brings its challenges. All environments provide challenges for practice. Organisations are often under resourced and demands for services are invariably high, which often puts extreme pressure on practitioners dealing with mental health provision. When ethical or professional issues arise, space is needed to explore and talk them through and this can be supportive and help clarify the best way forward.
It is valuable to be able to explore the transference and countertransference that evolves within the therapeutic relationship with your client and as a result explore the unconscious relational patterns that emerge between you and enrich your client work. Working in this way facilities the possibility of deeper therapeutic work with your clients.
There are both developing the business and professional type issues that are faced when setting up in private practice and it is possible to explore both of these in supervision. To consider how best to approach marketing your practice and creating your own client base. There are a range of professional issues that require consideration too, for example such as assessment, safety, contracting, administration and GDPR. Guidance can be provided in all of these areas.
Confidence grows the more you practice. Talking through and sharing openly how you work therapeutically with your clients can build your confidence in your professional practice.
Supervision can be used to help widen your knowledge and your approach to your client work. This can include receiving teaching on therapeutic theory and issues of interest. This can further develop your skills, expertise and professional development.
Working as a counsellor or psychotherapist can be isolating work. Supervision can provide an opportunity to share your challenges, your successes, your experiences and your thinking. It can offer support and a place to learn and develop.