Supervision

SUPERVISION

Introduction

My clinical supervision is the most significant aspect of my practice that ensures clients receive the best service they possibly can. Therefore what I look for from my supervisor is a relationship that feels safe enough to me to bring anything, and I mean anything. If I felt that I had to hold something back because I might feel judgedn, then that would not work for me.

As a result I am able to offload, understand my reaction to clients, bring into consciousness what lurks out of sight and clear away the debris of sessions so that I might see more clearly. When I return to my clients I am fully present for them.

Intention

Therefore my intention would be to offer you a safe space and safe relationship where you might explore the dynamics of your work with clients.

Experience

I have been offering supervision to individuals and groups now for the past thirty years, in a variety of settings including:

Private practice; voluntary and statutory organisations; counsellors and psychotherapists in training; work based counsellors; schools counsellors; addiction; prison; head injury; GP practice; trauma; crisis intervention; health related.

My supervisor accreditation is with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).

Approach

Supervision as I practice it is based primarily on relationships. Because of how powerfully we are impacted in therapeutic relationsips in ways that are out of awareness at times, it is important to have a space to explore the impact on the therapist. As a result I work to bring these awareness into the room so that the may be felt, explored and understood, often resulting in a greater clarity about what is going on in the therapeutic dynamic.

I would invite you to bring yourself, your experiences as a therapist and of your client into the supervision process in order to explore how the work impacts on you, how you understand what is going on from an interpersonal and evolving theoretical perspective.

General Guidelines

The following points offer a general guide to my aims in supervision:

Bring your work in safety and confidence
Obtain feedback and guidance
Let off steam, just get it off your chest
Acknowledge the feelings that your work invokes; anger, helplessness, stuckness, attraction, repulsion and so on
Feel valued and competent in your work
Be able to separate your feelings from those of your client
Feel able to sit with your clients in a more grounded way
Be able to understand your work in relation to theory
Identify your developmental needs

If you are interested please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

I offer web based supervison using Skype/FaceTime and can supplement face to face supervision with telephone.


I hold accreditation as a psychotherapist and supervisor with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and hence work to their code of Ethics.


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