My thoughts on supervison

"Supervision is a working alliance between two professionals where supervisees offer an account of their work, reflect on it, receive feedback, and receive guidance if appropriate.  The object of this alliance is to enable the worker to gain in ethical competency, confidence and creativity as to give the best possible services to clients".  (Inskipp and Proctor, 2001,)


My Personal Experience of Supervision:

My first experience with counselling supervision began in the 1980s when I started working as a health adviser in sexual health clinics. More than 30 years later, I have combined this practical experience with theoretical training to become an accomplished provider of supervision.



There are three elements of supervision: reflection, accountability and experiential learning (Carroll & Gilbert 2011). Supervision is a forum for reflection, where the supervisor facilitates the supervisee(s) to reflect on their work with their clients.



  My Training:

I was awarded the Metanoia Certificate in Supervision in 2013. This course taught me an integrative relational approach, and gave me an understanding of theoretical models of supervision along with practical experience in both small and large group settings. I learned how to conduct individual and group supervision, as well as how to establish, maintain and terminate the working alliance, and how to evaluate the supervision and the supervisees.



A psychotherapist accepts responsibility to ensure that they are competent and have sufficient supervisory arrangements and other necessary support to enable them to meet their psychotherapeutic obligations to any client.



What I Offer:

I see people for individual and small group supervision (3-5 people). I can either work from my therapy room in my home or I can travel to your organisation or place of practice if there is a suitable confidential space available. I charge £60 per hour.



Supervision is a forum for accountability whereby the supervisees work is "monitored, considered, reviewed, dissected with learning being brought forth" (Carroll &Gilbert 2011, page 20) and where ethical and professional issues are considered as well as quality.



Belonging to a professional body, subscribing to their code of conduct, and having professional liability insurance is essential to good practice.


It is important to stop what we are doing, pull back, and start to think and reflect, with an aim of learning how to work differently and better.



For me a good supervisor is supportive, challenging and have helped me explore theoretical perspectives as I develop my integrative model or way of working.