Hawkins & Shohet
"Supervision is a joint endeavour in which a practitioner with the help of the supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves as part of their client practitioner relationships and the wider systemic context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their client relationships, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession."
I am a qualified supervisor, having trained at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.
My approach to supervision is to engage with your needs as an individual therapist, helping you to work as empathically and reflectively as possible with your own clients. I work collaboratively with you, to establish what you need during each particular session.
I aim to create a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can explore the issues which your clients bring, and the feelings which arise for you as a therapist during those sessions.
As therapists, we often have no idea what issues will emerge during a session with a client. This can mean that there are times when you can feel caught off-guard, stuck, or that you just need to hear yourself thinking out loud about how to help a client move forward. At other times, you may need a little more guidance, or be experiencing counter-transferential issues which you want some help thinking through. This is where a good relationship with your supervisor can help.
Whatever type of psychotherapy or counselling you practice, we know that the therapeutic relationship is the most important element of the process, and good supervision helps you to reflect on your practice in an open, trusting and authentic way, which will support both you and your clients. Supervision provides the all-important sounding board which ensures that as therapists we do the best we can for our clients.