Professional Supervision for Therapists and Practitioners
Supervision is gradually becoming recognized as a profession in its own right. Having its roots in counselling/psychotherapy, other professions particularly those within the areas of helping or caring, are now gradually acknowledging the benefits of accessing support in supervision on a regular basis.
Having a reflective place for taking time to explore how we are working clinically, allowing ourselves time to be ‘curious’ about ours and other ways of working, brings a heightened awareness around various issues and concepts. This needs to harness the ‘individual’s’ appropriate balance of support and challenge as we overview and evaluate our practice.
Hopefully it can be an insightful experience which then deepens our knowledge of self, as we identify our own development within our profession. From identifying areas for further professional development to acknowledging and affirming our strengths, it should become a time for stimulating our learning, and for rejuvenating and energizing our approach to our work with clients, irrespective of the nature of our profession.
I offer supervision to individuals and groups of therapists and professionals involved in the helping / caring professions.
My style of supervision is one of ‘Reflective’. My training with “Cascade” was that of ‘The Eleven Eyed Model” founded by Inskipp and Proctor. This model is conducive to working with any theoretical framework as it is reflective and explorative by nature. Because my own style of therapy has ‘Person-Centred’ at its core, this also permeates throughout all of my practice.
If we consider and value the influence the therapeutic relationship holds within the worlds of therapy and helping/caring, then it is my view that in supervision it is important to consider the person of the practitioner, how the work is impacting, their current developmental needs, and what their special interests are, in order that we can stay healthy, alive and congruent within our profession.