I am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor, offering individual and group supervision that is relevant to counsellors’ level of experience and development.
I believe that a supervisees capacity to meet client needs is enhanced by their own personal growth and professional development. Supervision involves supporting and facilitating counsellors in their development and in their work with clients.
Collaborative supervision involves supervisor and supervisee exploring supervisory material together. It is understood that each person has something important to bring to the enquiry. Examples are: life experience, intuition, cognitive understanding, knowledge, wisdom and relationship with the client. I find that collaborative supervision is most effective when there is a trusting, warm and respectful relationship between supervisor and supervisee.
During supervision sessions supervisees talk about what is happening in their work with clients and we explore areas that seem to be important and significant.
We work with anything that is blocking a supervisee from being fully present with clients and from being accepting, empathic and genuine.
We look at therapeutic responses and interventions, what to say in particular situations and whether or not to take a risk in challenging a client.
We link theory with practice.
We ensure that the supervisee is working ethically and meeting client needs, referring to the BACP Code of Ethics as necessary.
Dilemmas can occur and we carefully consider what is most helpful for clients and what is ethical in these situations.