I hold the level 6 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision, and a Masters Degree in Organisation Development (‘counselling for organisations’). I have many years experience in consultancy, training and development in the NHS and elsewhere. As of 2023, I have provided over 4,500 hours of therapy to clients.
I provide integrative clinical supervision for practicing and trainee Counsellors and Psychotherapists, as well as for other professions who work with people, such as care workers, teachers, and emergency services.
My approach to this work is informed by the model presented by Hawkins & Shohet (Supervision in the Helping Professions 3rd ed.; Open University Press, Maidenhead, 2012). This model identifies seven aspects of work that supervison must cover:
- The content of the supervision session
- The interventions of the supervisee with clients
- The counsellor/client relationship
- The internal process of the counsellor
- The relationship between supervisor and supervisee
- The supervisor’s internal process
- Systems, organisational, cultural, professional, familial and societal issues
I see supervision as a co-operative, mutual process. I do recognise however that the role of Clinical Supervisor contains elements of advice, guidance, and safety/quality assurance, especially with Supervisees in training; my approach in this respect is exploratory, supportive and non-judgemental, whilst maintaining clarity in respect of ethics and standards.
I offer to co-ordinate my work with training establishments and employing Agencies where this is appropriate, if so agreed with a Supervisee, at no additional cost (within reason!). I provide standard reports on trainee progress for no extra charge (for up to two hours of non-session work).
I am listed as a Supervisor with the Iron Mill College, Heartwood Centre and Kooth Counselling for Young People. I provide full invoicing to support administration and tax records.