What is key to getting the best supervision is the supervisory relationship itself. It is essential that you have a supervisor with whom you can be honest; a supervisor with whom you can learn from your mistakes; and is also someone with whom you will want to celebrate your achievements.
I enjoy supporting people to develop and trust their own way of working. The main pay-off is seeing people grow more into their own authority. I supervise experienced psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches, and also those at the start of their career. What is common in my approach with both is a respect that their work is their's.
The task of supervising is unique in the sense that the supervisor never gets to meet the clients or patients they're tasked with supporting. This requires the supervisor to tune into themselves, the work and the supervisee in a very subtle way; picking up on and listening with a sight and sensitivity to what might otherwise go unnoticed or ignored.
'And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.'
THE SCOPE OF SUPERVISION
Supervision is much more than just presenting clients and patients, it can broadly be described under four main areas:
- Overseeing the supervisee’s clinical work with clients/patients, which may include their own supervisees.
- Resourcing the supervisee, whether it be offering knowledge, insight or direction in an area where they've not yet had experience.
- Facilitating the supervisee’s personal and professional development and maturation as a therapist or coach.
- Offering appropriate support regarding the supervisee's professional goals.
I’ve been a supervisor since 2005. I've taught on, and led numerous courses in psychotherapy, supervision and counselling in the UK and Europe. I supervise individuals and groups, including people working together as teams in the same organistaion.
I supervise face to face, and remotely via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and by telephone. Frequency and length of sessions are open to discussion. The standard supervision time is an hour, longer sessions can be arranged schedule permitting. If you and one or more colleagues would like group supervision, please enquire, this may be possible - again depending on my schedule.