Supervision is an essential part of any ethical and professional counselling practice.
My role as your appointed supervisor is multi-dimensional and to give you an idea of what you can expect I’ve included some typical examples below:
Fundamentally I will help to guide you towards a safe and ethical practice providing you with a space to discuss the challenging complexities of your work. My aim is to support you and the continued development of your reflective practice by exploring the intricacies of your personal process. I will become a sounding board for any confusion you encounter in relation to your client work and help you to seek solutions for any ethical dilemmas. I will enable you to explore both personal and relational issues that occur as a result of, or which could impact your client work. I will endeavour to shine a light on the shadows of your practice, bringing to the forefront things which you had perhaps not seen due to your closeness to the work. I will discuss your work from a relational angle, exploring the dynamics between you and your clients. I will use theory and psychological insight ensuring there is an educative element to our discussions. I’ll provide a space where you can familiarise yourself with new ideas, concepts and ways of working which you might not have tried in your practice previously. We’ll sensitively and appropriately explore your clients, what they present, what they don’t share and what they might be experiencing. We’ll reflect on your processes so we can identify what’s happening for you internally, as a parallel to your clients and what you are counter-transferring. We’ll also take into consideration our relationship and other external factors that could be impacting on your work.
Essentially together we’ll strive to sustain a safe, ethical, reflective and developmental supervision which strengthens and enhances your therapeutic practice.
My role is to help you through this process without judgement or criticism and for me to share openly and honestly with you, my thoughts about what I experience as you present your content. I may on occasion share information, offer suggestions, present ideas for exploration, strive to expand your thinking/perspective and propose exercises that might help to reveal more.
As our work progresses, it may become clear that you have particular elements of your work that would benefit from further exploration or ‘focused work’. We may even establish that certain goals would be beneficial. There is no pressure to do or speak about anything in particular (excluding any legal and professional requirements). You will set the focus for each session. We may explore things you find hard to address but always within the confines of what feels right for you.