"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" - Lao Tzu
My belief is that therapists, like all human beings, are constantly changing and evolving. The nature of our work requires us to be flexible and adaptable and, for me, it is very healthy to review regularly the support you receive from your supervision arrangement. Each supervisor is unique and can offer a fresh perspective. Are you at a point where you recognise it might be valuable to review your supervision?
To my mind, supervision is a specialised form of mentoring; a collaborative working alliance between two professionals, in which we both have responsibilities. I have a particular interest in supporting the therapist and providing an environment based on acknowledgement, reassurance and growth. This then empowers you, in turn, to work safely with your clients to ensure standards and quality of practice.
It can often be a lonely business being a therapist, even if you are part of an organisation. We have to be self-governing and rely so much on our own judgement, which can be challenging sometimes. It's good to know someone we trust has our back.
I am an integrative therapist, incorporating person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy, transpersonal and creative arts therapy within my own practice. I have an open-minded approach to working with therapists from different modalities.
I am very passionate about self-development and encourage self-reflection both on a professional and personal level for supervisees. Sometimes - and where appropriate - I incorporate creativity within the supervisory practice to help stimulate this.
Having a robust, secure supervision arrangement is very important to protect the safety of you, me and your clients. Within the professional boundaries of a supervisory relationship, I also recognise the need to offer flexibility; tailoring our arrangement so that we can work together in the most effective way. For this reason, I suggest to potential new supervisees that we have a discussion on the phone initially and then, if you want to, we can meet face-to-face to discuss whether we may be a good fit. I do not charge a fee for these consultations as I appreciate that supervision is a substantial outgoing for most therapists as it is.
Sessions can be an hour, for which my fee is £60. Sessions of 1.5 hours are £75. If you are a trainee or student or on a low income, I would be happy to discuss what might be feasible.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework.
I hold the OCN (Open College Network) Certificate in Supervision.