I am a qualified Supervisor and have a Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision of Counsellors (Masters Level) and an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Masters Level); both of which are accredited by The National Counselling Society. I am also a Qualified, Accredited BACP Registered Counsellor and approved Supervisor of The National Counselling Society. I have a background in Education, Child Protection, Training and Adult Mental Health.
My initial qualifications are a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling with Commendation, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Teaching. I am also a qualified Couples Counsellor and Online Practitioner.
My core therapeutic approach is Humanistic (Person-Centred, Gestalt & Transactional Analysis); however, I also work in a Solution Focused way too. I will model these values throughout the supervisory relationship and I offer a safe and confidential environment where I am empathic, non-judgmental and congruent. I will listen attentively and value you positively as a person. Although my core supervision style is Humanistic, my training has qualified me to supervise both individuals and groups from other orientations; therefore, I am able to translate theoretical language and concepts across models.
Transference and Counter-transference will be worked with and although primarily psychodynamic in its origin, parallel/unconscious processes are essential skills for supervisors of any theoretical approach. Avoidance or failure to identify these could be detrimental to the working alliance and supervision work (Raffles, 2012). My commitment to any supervisee is at the heart of my work. I do not simply mean I will attend our scheduled sessions, I will be prepared to work for the health of our relationship, which includes addressing any difficulties and being open to any challenges a supervisee may bring. A review of the supervisory relationship will take place approximately every six months to ensure both parties are happy to continue.
My philosophy of counselling, which is mirrored in the supervisory relationship, echoes that of Rogers. I believe humans have an inborn ability to achieve their potential (actualising tendency) given the right conditions. I think people are genuinely ‘ok’ and ultimately trust the client/supervisee to know what is best for them. Incorporated into my supervisory work, is the Inskipp/Proctor Functional Model (1993) and aspects of Hawkins/Shohet (2000) Process Model. Inskipp/Proctor devised three main functions of supervision. These are Normative, Formative and Restorative.
Normative involves clarifying responsibilities regarding clients and ethical issues. This will include monitoring boundaries, confidentiality and working within competency levels. Reviewing caseload to maintain fitness to practice and discussion on referral will also be important. It is essential to identify blind spots, vulnerabilities and prejudices in order to monitor the quality of counselling offered.
Formative includes reviewing the work at regular intervals and exploring the client/counsellor relationship. This may involve sharing experience, linking theory to practice and identifying transference and parallel processes. The aim being to develop self-awareness, which highlights conscious and unconscious processes. Celebrating achievements and areas for development will be discussed. I believe it is paramount that counsellors pinpoint training requirements. This is to learn and monitor changes/movement within the counselling world. They can then update their practice and learn about the client.
Restorative concentrates on feelings that arise from client work, identifying stagnation or over-involvement. Being empathic to emotional issues, so the counsellor can let off steam is important. However, I will suggest these be explored further in therapy if necessary, as supervision is not a place for counselling.
The Hawkins and Shohet Model is split into seven parts (or eyes). I tend to concentrate and weave into my work ‘Eye 2’ – Interventions the Counsellor is Using, ‘Eye 3’ – The Client/Counsellor Relationship and ‘Eye 5’ – The Supervisor/Supervisee Relationship.